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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300

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11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

Suppose a parachutist lands on a high-voltage wire and grabs the wire as she prepares to be rescued. Will she be electrocuted? If the wire then breaks, should she continue to hold onto the wire as she falls to the ground?

To determine
The effect of holding the high voltage wire while landing.

Explanation

For a circuit to have a potential difference, it should be closed. Any open circuit has no potential difference.

When the parachutist touches the wire with one hand, there is no potential difference. No current flows through the body unless the wire is touched with both the hands.

However, the parachutist must immediately release the wire the moment it breaks...

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