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Subject: What direction does the current flow in a DC circuit?

Date: Sun Feb 6 13:42:11 2000
Posted by Alan Wilcox
Grade level: 7-9 School: Paul Best Middle School
City: Oak Park State/Province: MI Country: USA
Area of science: Physics
ID: 949866131.Ph

I understand it to be that electricity is the flow of electrons. Therefore 
it seems that the current in a DC circuit should flow from the negative 
terminal to the positive terminal. When I go online to sites run by battery 
manufacturers (Duracell, Eveready, etc.) the diagrams I see indicate this is 
true. However, I keep running into diagrams in science textbooks and 
resource books that show the current running from positive to negative. Why? 

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