MadSci Network: Biophysics

Re: Does a staple and paperclip cause electricity in your mouth?

Date: Sun Jun 4 02:27:42 2006
Posted By: Gary Treistman, Undergraduate, Gen. Knowl. Dept., Programming Technologies
Area of science: Biophysics
ID: 1145855920.Bp

In short, yes it is both a small electric current, and it is the the two metals reacting.

The saliva in your mouth acts as an ionic conductor, otherwise know as an electrolyte, that completes an electric circuit with the two different metals that make up the staple, and the paperclip. You have thus created a simple primary electric cell.

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