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Can electrons lose their charge?

  1. Jun 15, 2015 #1

    I am trying to understand electricty. I know that electricty is a flow of electrons which move around a circuit. And that electrons have negative charge. But as they move around the circuit do they lose their charge? Does the amount of charge cahnge?

    Any help would help


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  3. Jun 15, 2015 #2
    An electron is by definition a charged particle.
    If there were any means by which it's charge could be lost it would no longer be an electron,.
  4. Jun 15, 2015 #3


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    An electric current is a flow of electric charge. Electricity is a lot more than current flow, it's a large set of phenomena not just one thing.

    The answer to the first question is no. The answer to the second question is not usually in a simple circuit.
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