Conventional current

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Current that flows from the positive side of the battery to the negative side. This is the way current is drawn in circuit diagrams, even though it is wrong.[1]

It is a nuisance that electrons, the fundamental particles of electricity are considered to have a negative charge, and that conventional current flows the wrong way. It is the result of a mistake by Benjamin Franklin. It is he that used the + and - signs in connection with electric charge. He decided which way to assign them by looking at sparks; he thought he could tell which direction they were jumping in. Unfortunately, he was mistaken.


  1. Wile, Dr. Jay L. Exploring Creation With Physical Science. Apologia Educational Ministries, Inc. 1999, 2000