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Suppose some electricity is flowing through a long straight wire without any insulating coating that gives an electric shock to a person at rest relative to the wire on touching it. Is there a speed with which if the person runs along the wire in the direction of current flowing such that he/she does not experience any shock?

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The person must have high velocity then drift velocity of the electron, which is practically not possible.
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One can always get a shock either he runs or in the rest as long as he touches the wire. If he is not touching, he won't get any shock.
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No, you see getting an electric shock( or more generally passing of electrical current through your body) is independent of the relative velocity of the person and the current in the wire, there is no physical attachment there.
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In every section of the wire, electrons are present, so it is not the previous electron which needs to flow through our body where we go the core after running while touching the wire the electrons from that section will conduct to our body. There will always be current wherever we go or even if we stand... read more

In every section of the wire, electrons are present, so it is not the previous electron which needs to flow through our body where we go the core after running while touching the wire the electrons from that section will conduct to our body. There will always be current wherever we go or even if we stand due to the potential difference between the wire and Earth and due to the conducting nature of our body.

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Your answer includes both physical as well as biological reason. First of all, a man cannot match the speed of a moving electron and secondly, it only needs 0.1 seconds for receptors in the skin to take the shocking message to the brain and for the brain to respond towards it. To skip this time for the... read more

Your answer includes both physical as well as biological reason. First of all, a man cannot match the speed of a moving electron and secondly, it only needs 0.1 seconds for receptors in the skin to take the shocking message to the brain and for the brain to respond towards it. To skip this time for the whole process is also unachievable for a man who is just running.

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Practically it is not possible, and the flow of current doesn't depend on the velocity.
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Since the current is the flow of electrons and electrons are the fundamental particles of the universe, so all of the matter contains electrons and humans also (in the form of ions) that makes the person impossible to reach a speed relative to the current (flow of electrons) as ions are moving continuously... read more

Since the current is the flow of electrons and electrons are the fundamental particles of the universe, so all of the matter contains electrons and humans also (in the form of ions) that makes the person impossible to reach a speed relative to the current (flow of electrons) as ions are moving continuously in the human body.

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Souradeep free electrons are abundant on the surface of the wire. Speed of the person does not matter here; the potential difference does. The person will get a shock.
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There is no relation between velocity and current. If the person touches the wire, which carries the current, person will get an electric shocked.
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When current flows through the wire, it means that at every point on the wire, the electrons are in motion along the length of the wire. So, irrespective of the velocity of the person running beside the wire, the electrons flow through his body as soon as he touches the wire.
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