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Confusing question about the movement of electrons

  1. Aug 26, 2014 #1
    Hi guys
    Do electrons move from high to low potential or from low to high potential I think the first one ia right because when electrons are attracted to the negative terminal they have maximum potential energy
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  3. Aug 26, 2014 #2


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    Hi Ahmad

    electrons are not attracted to the negative terminal

    specifically, are you referring to a battery or some other type of power supply ?

    the basics of a battery are that the chemical reaction in the battery/cell causes the separation of free electrons from atoms so that we get an accumulation of electrons (negative charges) at one end of the cell ( the negative terminal) and an accumulation of ions (positive charges) at the other end of cell ( the positive terminal)

    This separation of negative and positive charges produces a potential difference between the terminals

    Does that help ?

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