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Which is more dangerous series or parallel

  1. Oct 24, 2005 #1
    If I identical parallel plate capacitors are hook up in series(case 1) or in parallel (case 2) to a battery and the battery is removed which of the two poses a greater risk of getting electricuted?

    I think I would be parallel because in general the have a higher Ceq to hold charge, thus more charge is there to shock you? Is this right?
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  3. Oct 24, 2005 #2


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    I believe the greater charge, would present a greater danger.

    One can also look at the peak current at discharge - the maximum current is the key factor.
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