# a very basic doubt about current...

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1. ### onlyvinod56 Thread Starter Active Member

Oct 14, 2008
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hello,

I have a very basic doubt about the direction of flow of current.
help me here.....

1. What is current?
2. Is it an electron flow or something else?
3. For a battery, where does the current starts from...i mean...'+'...or..'-'?
4. For a small electronic circuits, why a switch is immediately connected after the + supply?
5. Why it is not preferred for -ve?
6. What is the difference between actual current and conventional current?

thankyou.

2. ### beenthere Retired Moderator

Apr 20, 2004
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For material that should answer your questions 1, 2, & 6 follow the link - http://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/showthread.php?t=32158

3. External to the battery, current (flow of electrons) goes from the negative terminal to the positive terminal. You can read up on batteries to see how chemical reactions inside the battery move both positive and negative charges internally.

4. For any circuit switching the voltage supply before the circuit makes sense. With the switch off, no part of the circuit is "live", so it is safe to handle.

5. If there is a dual voltage supply, the switch arrangement should be the same. Use a double pole switch to open the voltage supply lines before the circuit that uses them.

3. ### onlyvinod56 Thread Starter Active Member

Oct 14, 2008
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thankyou verymuch

4. ### ELECTRONERD Senior Member

May 26, 2009
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I often use the following example for Ohm's Law:

Imagine a water pump that was connected to a 1' diameter pipe.

• The voltage, or Electro-Motive Force (EMF) would be defined as the "push" or force to get the water out of the pipe.
• The current would be defined as the width of the pipe (in this case it's 1'). The wider the pipe you have, more current will be able to flow through. In electronics, if you choose a wire that's not capable of much current, and if you apply too much current through the wire, it will turn red and burn.
• Suppose I put a block inside my 1' diameter pipe; the current would be restricted since it was hitting against that block. In other words, it appears to make the pipe a smaller diameter. This is defined as a resistor, which restricts current flow.