I understand why the total resistance in a series circuit is a total off all the resistance added together. It seems obvious because all of the electrons will have to go through all of the resistors.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Now, total resistance in a parallel circuit is really messing with my head! In a parallel circuit if you add more resistors, the total resistance goes down. I know the equation and can figure out the problems, but I don't understand **why** it happens. It seems that if you add a resistor it should resist the flow of electrons going through that part of the parallel circuit, therefore increasing the total resistance, not decreasing it. AUGH!

Can someone explain this to me?

Thanks!

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# Homework Help: Total resistance in parallel circuits

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