College Physics (4th Edition)

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 0073512141
ISBN 13: 978-0-07351-214-3

Chapter 17 - Conceptual Questions - Page 650: 18


There has to be a pathway to the ground for the electricity to flow.

Work Step by Step

As long as the person isn't actually touching the ground, there's nowhere for that excess charge to go. But if she takes off her rubber-soled shoes and steps on the ground, the circuit will be completed and she's going to have a bad day.
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