My favorite gripe is use of the phrase: "Electricity always takes the path of least resistance". This implies that electricity will not take the longer path. First gripe: electricity is not intelligent and cannot decide which way to go. Second gripe: in a parallel path electricity flows through all paths regardless of resistance, and the flow is calculated by ohms law. Electricity takes every path, not just the "path of least resistance"!!!!!
Kirchoff says all the current going into a circuit comes out somewhere. Ohm says it will come through the various paths in inverse proportion to the resistance/impedence. Dean is saying it will take all paths available. These are all true statements.
Re: The path of least resistance#72627 12/06/0612:43 PM12/06/0612:43 PM
The problem is by saying electricity takes the path of least resistance, it is implied electricity will shun any other paths. A shock hazard exists even if you are a higher resistance path to ground than the equipment you are working on. It would be far better IMHO to say "electricity will take any and every path".
Re: The path of least resistance#72629 12/06/0602:14 PM12/06/0602:14 PM