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How do you introduce electricity?

A magnet attached to the end of a rotating shaft is positioned inside a stationary conducting ring that is wrapped with a long, continuous piece of wire. When the magnet rotates, it induces a small electric current in each section of wire as it passes.

What path does electricity follow?

Electricity flows in a closed circle, called a circuit. To reach our homes, electricity travels from power stations, through transmission lines and distribution lines, until it flows into the wires that power our devices.

What is a path of least resistance?

The path of least resistance is the physical or metaphorical pathway that provides the least resistance to forward motion by a given object or entity, among a set of alternative paths.

How does electricity know the path of least resistance?

On average electricity follows the path of least resistance. Passing through regions that have more resistance uses more energy. Because of this the electrons flow from high energy locations to low energy locations. When things have more unbound energy they are more likely to expend energy.

How does electricity know if you’re grounded?

You can be shocked by electricity as long as you are part of a loop. Stick a 9V battery on your tongue while touching the ground, it will still shock you. The battery has positive and negative terminals and current will flow if there is a conductive path between the terminals, such as your moist tongue.

Why can birds sit on power lines and not humans?

Birds can sit on power lines and not get electric shocks because the electricity is always looking for a way to get to the ground. The birds are not touching the ground or anything in contact with the ground, so the electricity will stay in the power line.

Can you get shocked if you are not grounded?

As most electrical supplies are referenced to earth/ground potential, if you, yourself, are grounded then all you have to do is tough a “live” wire. However, if you are not grounded and have what’s called a “floating” potential, then just touching one wire will not cause you to be electrocuted.

Can you touch the black wire without getting shocked?

Absolutely, as long as you are not in any way grounded or connected to white common. Be VERY careful about the “not in any way grounded” part of that. The chance of your ungrounded status changing while touching that wire could be very dangerous to you.

Will rubber gloves prevent electric shock?

Selected properly, insulating rubber gloves will do the job of protecting the worker against electrical shock. Do not forget about leather protectors, for they are an essential part of wearing and using the insulating rubber gloves correctly. As mentioned above, determining gloves’ size is also important.

Can I touch a live wire?

It is NEVER safe to touch a live AC wire, period. Your being shocked or not depends on factors already described in the link that you posted. But it’s always best not to touch any AC wire for safety reasons, be it live or neutral.