an you produce high voltage in your body without getting an electric shock? How?

Asked by RameshChandraPanda | 20th Jul, 2013, 10:10: PM

Expert Answer:

Absolutely. Have you ever walked on carpet in the winter time and receive a nasty shock from static electricity jumping from your hand to a metal doorknob? That is caused by a high electrical charge.

Did you ever see the film of a person touching a static electricity generator with their hair standing up and apart? That is because your body has a high electrical potential, relative to your surroundings.

When a bird lands on a bare electrical conductor, their body potential reaches the same potential as the wire.

Just a few examples.

However, you are not producing the potential difference, you are absorbing it. But, you have a high charge without getting shocked, as long as you don't ground yourself.

Answered by  | 21st Jul, 2013, 05:42: PM

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