A short circuit is a circuit containing a path of very low resistance in parallel with some other part of the circuit. Discuss the effect of a short circuit on the portion of the circuit it parallels. Use a lamp with a frayed line cord as an example?

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obesix 08-10-2012
obesix - Columbia University (NY)
A short circuit can develop when the last bit of insulation frays away between the two conductors in a lamp cord. Then the two conductors touch each other, opening a low resistance branch in parallel with the lamp. The lamp will immediately go out, carrying no current and presenting no danger. A very large current will be produced in the power source, the house wiring, and the wire in the lamp cord up to and through the short. The circuit breaker will interrupt the circuit quickly but not before considerable heating and sparking is produced in the short-circuit path.
sanjy 30-01-2013
sanjy - Aligarh Muslim University
It is an electronic circut.

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