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In a series circuit an electric field is created between both terminals of the battery . Is the movement of charges in a wire affected by the position of those charges within that wire? , eg would the charges at nearer the cathode have greater electric potential energy (and hence a greater acceleration) than those nearer to the anode ?

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    – Emil
    Jan 27, 2017 at 23:37

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Once steady state is reached, the movement of electrons is dictated by field produced by local surface charges on the wire, not by the charges at the terminal of the battery. The electric field, and hence the acceleration of the charge carriers, is constant throughout the wire.

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