Question
A heart defibrillator being used on a patient has an $RC$ time constant of 10.0 ms due to the resistance of the patient and the capacitance of the defibrillator. (a) If the defibrillator has an $8.00 \mu \textrm{F}$ capacitance, what is the resistance of the path through the patient? (You may neglect the capacitance of the patient and the resistance of the defibrillator.) (b) If the initial voltage is 12.0 kV, how long does it take to decline to $6.00 \times 10^2 \textrm{ V}$?
1. $1.25 \textrm{ k}\Omega$
2. $30.0 \textrm{ ms}$
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