# Answer on Electric Circuits Question for Helen

Question #65468

Did you dare touch the Van de Graaff? The maximum charge that our classroom Van

de Graaff generator could hold on its dome was about 5 µC. Assume that when you get

shocked by the generator, all of this charge passes through you in just one-hundredth

of a second (1.00 × 10−2

s). (a) Calculate the associated average current for getting

shocked by the Van de Graaff generator, and express your answer in units of mA

(milli-amperes). Now, let’s say you are feeling bold and opt to lick a 9 V battery. The

resistance for wet skin is about 2000 Ω. (b) Calculate the associated current through

your tongue when you place it across the terminals of a 9 V battery, and express your

answer in the same units of mA.

de Graaff generator could hold on its dome was about 5 µC. Assume that when you get

shocked by the generator, all of this charge passes through you in just one-hundredth

of a second (1.00 × 10−2

s). (a) Calculate the associated average current for getting

shocked by the Van de Graaff generator, and express your answer in units of mA

(milli-amperes). Now, let’s say you are feeling bold and opt to lick a 9 V battery. The

resistance for wet skin is about 2000 Ω. (b) Calculate the associated current through

your tongue when you place it across the terminals of a 9 V battery, and express your

answer in the same units of mA.

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