Dr. Matt Marone
Mercer University
Physics Department

Wednesday 2/14/2001
Willet Science Center 109

"The Physics of Ground Fault Interrupters
(How to save your life for less than $5.00)"

Few people understand the purpose of that curious wall outlet with the "Test Monthly"  and "Reset" buttons on it, and far fewer know how it works.  The underlying physics of how a GFI works will be discussed and demonstrated.  Electrical safety and wiring practice will also be discussed. The National Electrical Code requires ground fault interrupters (GFI/GFCI) in all situations where there is risk of  electrocution due to a ground fault.  Bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and outdoor outlets should all be protected by a GFI.  Come learn more about the "Physics of Everyday Life."