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A short non-mathematical description of the analogy between fluid flow in pipes and electricity flow in circuits, comparing batteries to pumps, current to flow rate (liters-per-second) and voltage to pressure. At the end the electric field is introduced as the 3-dimensional distribution of voltage in space.
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© 2002 David P. Stern
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current, ohm's law, voltage
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: A Model for Electricity

It may be easier to understand about electricity if we think of electric charge as a sort of a fluid, like water, as scientists did for over 200 years. NOTE: There are limitations to the fluid analogy. For more, see "The Electricity Book Part 2" under Activities above.

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Topic: Electricity and Electrical Energy
Unit Title: Moving Charges and Electric Circuits

It may be easier to understand about electricity if we think of electric charge as a sort of a fluid, like water, as scientists did for over 200 years.

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