In a circuit does the current remain unchanged? ie how is i possible to remove an electron or loose one. Does that mean the current entering a circuit is equal to the current leaving a circuit. I can understand how the Voltage or EMF can lower due to resistance. But am a little confused about the relationship current and voltage loss
I'm a little unclear on that also. I'm wondering where the Energy comes from that is released as Heat or Light etc. as current passes through it. It seems like something should be depleted somewhere. I don't think electrons get 'lost' but they may give up their energy and stop flowing. Or, what I'm thinking is that some of them may pass their energy, say to electrons in a Lightbulb filament which in turn give off Light and Heat.
Less Electrons flowing means lower voltage. (I = E/R) So in the case of a set amount of pressure (voltage) as in a Battery, Current and Voltage will eventually drop off.
Anyone, Does this seem right?
Re: I have a question?#126959 03/21/0104:35 PM03/21/0104:35 PM
I'm out on a limb with a chainsaw here! Keep in mind this is in 'Bills' World' and may prove no resemblance to things in the real world.
Once upon a time...
I would say that what you are losing is Free electrons from your flow. Those are the ones that have the energy to jump from atom to atom as part of your current flow. They're either giving up their 'juice' to the atoms in the filament or decide to leave your group and join the 'Resistance' (I didn't plan that it just happened )
So these Electrons in the Filament are stirring things up and the result of the increased activity is Heat. The amount of light emitted and its' color depend on the temperature of the Filament.
What do you think?
Re: I have a question?#126961 03/21/0108:07 PM03/21/0108:07 PM
The energy to move the electrons is transfered. The electrons moving are just a transfer of that energy.
Imagine if you will, you could move a magnet with your hand and arm across a coil of wire to generate voltage and current flow. The energy comes from the food you ate to make your hand and arm move not the electrons of the conductor.
Or, you are in bumper to bumper traffic(literally) and the last car rams into the car in front of it. The gas being burned made the car move and cause one car after another to "move". The movement of the first car in line will equal the energy of the gas being burned. Even if the brakes are on (resistance) the heat produced by brake pads etc. will be an equal transfer of power. Power is not created or destroyed.
I think this is a simplistic explanation but gets the point across about electrons being "lost"