How I am currently imagining it: In a simple circuit with just a battery and resistor the voltage of the battery sets the electrons off through the circuit at some speed and that speed is proportional to the voltage. The electrons then encounter the resistor.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

From these forums my understanding of resistors is that the atoms in the resistor attract the electrons and work is required to push them past the resistors atoms. The electrons kinetic energy is transformed into light and heat energy, slowing the electrons down.

So why would the voltage drop totally across a resistor. If the resistance was small, wouldn't the electrons only need to expend a little bit of work and hence be slowed down just a little. If they are only slowed down a little wouldn't that mean there is still electrical pressure and hence voltage after the resistor?

I know that what I'm saying is not possible due to Ohms law, but I'd like to intuitively know what is going on.

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# Why does voltage drop to zero over a resistor?

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