# Electrons in a wire [duplicate]

What happens to a wire if only it's one end is connected to a terminal and if your answer is nothing then why nothing ? A battery should also produce an electric field outward as it does inside and free electrons in wire should get affected by it ! Please help !

• No it's not can anyone answer – user183205 Feb 4 '18 at 16:30

If you connect a wire only to one terminal of a battery, the wire will be at the same potential as the terminal of the battery. If the other terminal of the battery is connected to ground, then your wire represents a capacitor with capacitance $C$ with respect to ground that will have a charge $Q=CV$, where V is the EMF of the battery.