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B Static electricity

  1. May 31, 2016 #1
    A (possibly stupid) static electricity question:

    Person A is carrying an electrostatic charge. They touch person B, both get a shock.

    If both persons were off the ground(eg hanging from ropes) ...would they still get a shock?
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  3. May 31, 2016 #2


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    Why wouldn't they?
  4. May 31, 2016 #3
    Because neither are earthed?
  5. May 31, 2016 #4
    The difference will be that A won't get completely discharged but its charge will be distributed over the two persons. Like discharging a capacitor on another one.
    The peak current may be less than in the other case.
  6. May 31, 2016 #5


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    they don't have to be
    as long as a charge difference exists between them, there will be a transfer of charge
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