CT: Individuals have been electrocuted by appliances using ordinary house currents of 110 volts and by electrical apparatus in industry using as little as 42 volts direct current. The real measure of a shock’s intensity lies in the amount of current (amperes) forced though the body and not the voltage. Any electrical device used on a house wiring circuit can, under certain conditions, transmit a fatal current.
S: OSU – https://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~p616/safety/fatal_current.html (last access: 2 December 2014)
N: 1. Unit of electromotive force, 1873, back-formation from voltaic.
2. Named after the Italian physicist Alessandro Volta (1745-1827), who created the first chemical battery.
3. The volt is the potential difference between two points of a conducting wire carrying a constant current of 1 ampere, when the power dissipated between these points is equal to 1 watt.
4. Acronym: V.
5. Cultural Interrelation: In recognition of Alessandro Volta’s contributions to electrical science, the unit of electric potential is called the volt.
Volta Crater on the Moon is also named after him.
S: 1. OED – http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=volt&searchmode=none (last access: 5th December 2014). 2. EC – http://electrician.everestcollege.edu/articles/amps-watts-volts-and-ohms-what-they-mean (last access: 2nd December 2014). 3. USMA – http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/unit-definitions.html (last access: 2nd December 2014). 4. EC – http://electrician.everestcollege.edu/articles/amps-watts-volts-and-ohms-what-they-mean (last access: 2nd December 2014). 5. http://www.famousscientists.org/alessandro-volta/ (last access: 31 March 2015); http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Alessandro_Volta (last access: 31 March 2015).