# Is it correct that the potential difference in closed loop is zero? Why??

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Feb 6, 2018

#### Answer:

Yes, sort of.

#### Explanation:

The correct statement of the loop rule for electric circuit analysis is: "The sum of all the potential differences around a closed loop equals zero."

This is really a statement of a more fundamental conservation rule. We might call this rule "conservation of current." If current flows into some point it must also flow out of that point.

Here is a great reference describing Kirchoff's Loop Rule:

Kirchoff's Loop Rule