Physics

Question

I know how the voltage increasing/not enough/stays the same and how long the battery lasts with series and parallel connections. But can someone explain the path electrons goes when you serie/parallel connect the batteries. I understand it with lamps but not batteries. Try to explain it as simple as possible because I'm a bit too young for this but I'm curious

1 Answer

  • Answer:

    It comes out the positive side of the battery and goes in to the negative side of the battery

    Explanation:

    There are already electrons in wires in a circuit before you add the battery. By adding the battery, you're giving the electrons the energy it needs to move along the circuit.

    In a series circuit, the circuit is one continuous loop so there is only one path for the electrons to go - out of the positive side of the battery and around the circuit then goes back into the negative side of the battery.

    However, with a parallel circuit, there are two or more ways the electrons can go so they take the path of least resistance. The electrons still go out the positive side of a battery but along the circuit, the electrons will go through the path of least resistance ( I tend to think of it like a net with holes in it - the lower the resistance the bigger the holes for the electrons to go through so more can fit in a set amount of time ) but the electrons still go out of the positive side and in through the negative

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