5B30.95 - Human Discharge Chain

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Human Discharge Chain
Area of Study:
Electricity & Magnetism
Van de Graaff, Tesla Coil, or Leyden Jar, Humans holding hands.

Have several people hold hands while one of them touches the Van de Graaff.  The person on the end will feel a shock if they try to touch a grounded object.  

  • Scott C. Dudley, Bret D. Heerema, and Ryan K. Haaland, "The Human Discharge Chain", AJP, Vol. 65, #6, June 1997, p. 553.
  • Rick Beyer, "Ring of Fire", The Greatest Science Stories Never Told", p. 24.

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