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ptownbro

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Dumb question, but something I don't get.

I see this expressed in many basic examples of what voltage is. You have 1 object that has too many electrons and 1 object has too little. The potential difference between them is what is expressed as/in volts. If you connect a conductive wire between them, the electrons will flow from the object with the excess electrons (negative) to the object with lower amounts of electrons (positive). Here's my (lame) attempt at drawing it here =) (Forgive the extra "." only way I could get the spacing).

______________ ........_______________

|.....|........|......|

|...6 electrons...|---------------------------->|...2 electrons...|

|_____________|........|______________|

There's a difference in electrons (assume coulombs of electrons. I wrote electrons to help visualize it in my drawing) of 4 coulombs creating voltage. 2 coulombs would need to flow from object 1 to 2 to equalize the electrons between them, bringing the difference to zero and eliminating the voltage.

My question:

If voltage = joules / coulombs, then as electrons flow from object 1 to object 2 and is losing electrons, wouldn't that increase the voltage in that mathematical equation? Your denominator is going down, so mathematically, wouldn't voltage increase?

I see this expressed in many basic examples of what voltage is. You have 1 object that has too many electrons and 1 object has too little. The potential difference between them is what is expressed as/in volts. If you connect a conductive wire between them, the electrons will flow from the object with the excess electrons (negative) to the object with lower amounts of electrons (positive). Here's my (lame) attempt at drawing it here =) (Forgive the extra "." only way I could get the spacing).

______________ ........_______________

|.....|........|......|

|...6 electrons...|---------------------------->|...2 electrons...|

|_____________|........|______________|

There's a difference in electrons (assume coulombs of electrons. I wrote electrons to help visualize it in my drawing) of 4 coulombs creating voltage. 2 coulombs would need to flow from object 1 to 2 to equalize the electrons between them, bringing the difference to zero and eliminating the voltage.

My question:

If voltage = joules / coulombs, then as electrons flow from object 1 to object 2 and is losing electrons, wouldn't that increase the voltage in that mathematical equation? Your denominator is going down, so mathematically, wouldn't voltage increase?

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