Static electricity

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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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ProfuselyQuarky
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Why wouldn't they?
 
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Because neither are earthed?
 
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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.
 
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davenn
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Because neither are earthed?
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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