Resistance of human body

We have seen that an unknown resistance can be measured by comparing with a known resistance by connecting them in series and measuring the voltages across them. This technique can be used to measure the resistance of human body.


Measure the resistance of human body by comparing it with a known resistor, for DC and AC voltages.




The AC resistance is less than the DC resistance. The resistance is due to our skin and AC can pass through this, like it passes through the dielectric material of a capacitor. A bit of exploring will reveal that a capacitor is formed between the tip of the wire and blood inside with the skin acting as a dielectric. Explore the effect of a metal plate at the tip of the wire.