# Capacitors and how electrons flow given the electric field direction

My question is given that a capacitor creates a two charged sides, by the electrons jumping from one plate to another thereby making one having an excess of electrons making it negative and the other positive. How can this process occur, as a capacitor will also create and electric field that has an orientation going from the positive charged plate to the negative charged plate.

Given that an electron has a negative charge it should then travel in opposite direction of the electric field which the wrong direction that electrons move in a capacitor, for if it were the case that electrons went to the positive end then there would be no negative charged sided or positively charged side in the first place.

• electrons jumping from one plate to another This is an incorrect assumption. Sep 15, 2020 at 16:33
• Then how do the sides charge? what the correct assumption then? Sep 15, 2020 at 16:36
• The sides attain charge because one side loses charge and the other side gains the same amount of charge. All of this charge transfer happens through the wires connecting the two sides of the capacitors and not due to electrons jumping across them as Bob D explained in his answer. Sep 15, 2020 at 17:08
• Charges build up on the plates because the electrons can’t jump across. They’re like a crowd trying to get through a closed door. Sep 15, 2020 at 17:24