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Electric shock

  1. Jun 24, 2005 #1
    Will I get a shock if I stand on an insulator and touched a iron which supplies a voltage of 2000000V and without earth wire?
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  3. Jun 24, 2005 #2
    depends on your resistance and the insulator's resistance.
    It all depends... i think
  4. Jun 24, 2005 #3


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    2 MILLION volts? That insulator won't do much good, since you can discharge by ionizing the surrounding air (corona discharge).
  5. Jun 25, 2005 #4
    So a complete circuit is formed and I would probably die?
    My thought: No complete circuit, no current, I won't be affected. For the electrostatics, it is irrevalent. Am I correct?
  6. Jun 26, 2005 #5
    With that you'll break down the dielectric of the air around you, like Galileo said. You'll discharge into the atmosphere (the circuit is complete as far as you are concerned).
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