Electric Shock!!!

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steeve_wai

Joined Sep 13, 2007
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all about circuits states that "Electric shock can only occur when contact is made between two points of a circuit; when voltage is applied across a victim's body."

so if i hold an overhead wire with both hands and hang from it without touching anything else,i wont get an electric shock ...right?
 

recca02

Joined Apr 2, 2007
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exactly!!
there must be a path for electrons to complete the cicuit
i;e to travel from higher potential to lower,
if u touch the wire even with any of ur hand not necessarily both u are at the same potential as that of wire.
 

Dave

Joined Nov 17, 2003
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so if i hold an overhead wire with both hands and hang from it without touching anything else,i wont get an electric shock ...right?
You are a high resistance path in parallel with the wire. Do the relevant maths using Ohm's Law and parallel resistor equations and this will demonstrate the point clearly.

Dave
 

bloguetronica

Joined Apr 27, 2007
1,372
Should the term shock aplly to a significant voltage/current? I mean, there is always a path that electron will biase, even if the source is a 12V battery (current will be very small, thought).
 
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