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Homework Help: Lethal question

  1. Mar 4, 2006 #1
    Which one is more lethal?
    AC or DC.
    The value of AC rms is given to be equal to DC.
    I think it ought to be DC because it would provide constant voltage. but in case of ac it drops to zero sometimes. I would have exprimented but..... :rofl:
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  3. Mar 4, 2006 #2


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    Think about what is dangerous. Is it the voltage or the current that kills you?
  4. Mar 4, 2006 #3
    it is the current that kills
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    That's an interesting question. Here some info you might find useful
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_shock" [Broken]
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  6. Mar 5, 2006 #5
    I don't know what this question is specifically asking? Dead is dead, no matter what killed you...

  7. Mar 5, 2006 #6


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    The van der graff generator kids play with in high school uses thousands of volts with a tiny current.
  8. Mar 5, 2006 #7
    Certain AC current levels cause heart fibrilation (higher levels cause a heart contraction and release,as in a de-fibrilator, not fibrilation) , if the current passes through the heart. That is what usually does the killing. DC is way safer in comparison.
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