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I know the formula for capacitive reactance is 1/2PIfC. The function says that if frequency is constant, the Xc increases as C decreases. Question is, in a 60 hz system, stray capacitance in wire does not turn a jumper into an infinite impedance. A piece of wire 1 foot long had capacitance of 30 nF (according to my passive component tester). In this formula it creates 88.5K ohms impedance. But if I bend it around and stick it in an outlet there will be a big ball of fire! What am I missing here?

Thanks,

J

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# High Xc with stray capacitance

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