Electrodynamic Question about Metal.

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I am sorta having a brain fart about this, when sending electricity threw a metal it becomes negatively charged correct?


|-------------------------------------------------<
|-->(Positive)Power(Negative)-------->Metal-------^

The electrons leave the negative terminal, pass threw the metal causing it to become negatively charged than meet the protons in the positive terminal. Correct?

Am I missing anything?

I feel like I am missing something about resistors, inverters, capacitors or something...
 

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Yes, realistically it is the electrons that move through a metal conductor when a voltage is applied across the metal.

However the metal itself is not charged. Electrons move, yes, however that move at a fairly constant rate throughout the metal.
 
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The metal can be charged, but it would depend on the capacitance of the conductor and the voltage involved. The negative terminal would tend to have a negative charge because it is at a lower voltage, but it is not determined without specifying the entire configuration.
 

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