Network Analysis: Backward Current?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by JasonL, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. JasonL

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    Hello everyone, I'm starting to learn network analysis on the e-book and I got to the branch current method section http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_1/chpt_10/2.html.

    I think I understand how to calculate for unknown values, but I can't wrap my head around about how there can be backwards current shown in the attachment. There is 1A flowing from the positive terminal of B1 to the positive terminal B2. I thought current flowed from the negative terminal to the positive terminal of a battery. So is it wrong that current always flows from negative to positive?
     
  2. crutschow

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    Electron current flow is from battery negative to positive. Conventional current flow (assumes positive charges) is from battery positive to negative.

    You can reverse the current direction into a battery if you apply a voltage greater than the battery voltage (which is how you charge a battery).
     
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