In which way does current actually flow? +ve to -ve or the other way round?

i know that current flows from +ve to -ve. But i also know that electrons flow from the negative terminal to the positive one. so which is correct and what do i use for my exams?

i know that current flows from +ve to -ve. But i also know that electrons flow from the negative terminal to the positive one. so which is correct and what do i use for my exams?

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Alan P. Share
Jan 11, 2017

Answer:

Under the most common usage:
#color(white)("XXX")#current flow is from positive to negative.

Explanation:

Most electrical engineers maintain the view that the positive terminal carries the excess change and the flow is from positive to negative (this view is solely based on historical usage).

You are correct that electron flow is from negative to positive.

Unless you have any reason to fight the archaic engineering view it is safer to use the current flow means positive to negative.

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