View Poll Results: In What Direction Were You Taught Electricity Flows? Negative to Positive 17 45.95% Positive to Negative 20 54.05% Voters: 37. You may not vote on this poll

## Electricity Poll: which way were you taught?

In which direction did your physics text teach electricity flows?

Please mention the country in which the school where you learned this was located. I think there may be differences based on location in the world.
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 Recognitions: Gold Member Of course with the misnomer that electrons actually travel (slowly) opposite the direction of current.

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## Electricity Poll: which way were you taught?

Well, that was taught in high school a looooong time ago. The electrons move from - to +, but the current is defined by the positive charge, so that would then appear to move in the other direction (NL). Did I learn it correctly?
 Recognitions: Gold Member Homework Help Science Advisor I was taught two different methods, so I answered the first way I was taught. In military tech school, I was taught negative to positive. In college, I was taught positive to negative.
 In Technology we're taught conventional current and that what we use for all our electronics work. However in physics we learn about both conventional current and electron flow. However the only time you have to use electron flow is if the question specifically asks about electrons.

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 Quote by BobG I was taught two different methods, so I answered the first way I was taught. In military tech school, I was taught negative to positive. In college, I was taught positive to negative.
Just to make sure, were you taught that "electricity" or perhaps "current" flows from the negative pole to the positive pole?
Or were you taught that "electrons" or perhaps the "electron flow" flow(s) from the negative pole to the positive pole?

Which word was used, exactly, on military tech school?
 I was (non school) taught electrical energy moves from source to load and that the physical effects on the medium of transmission are secondary effects caused by that movement. I still have my first text book on electricity "Drake's Cyclopedia of Radio and Electronics 11ed 1943" from a relative who was in the signal corp in WW2.

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 Quote by Monique Well, that was taught in high school a looooong time ago. The electrons move from - to +, but the current is defined by the positive charge, so that would then appear to move in the other direction (NL). Did I learn it correctly?
Same here. I'm not 100% sure but I think I've learned this in France, Canada (Québec) and Argentina.
 Mentor Blog Entries: 9 US Navy tech schools teach electron flow. They let us know that some places teach the opposite but choose to teach electron flow because it is physically real. Note that this was 40yrs ago, we did spend 3 weeks on transistors so learned about holes and current flow through solid state devices.

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