43 questions linked to/from Why is the charge naming convention wrong?
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What is the difference between conventional current and electronic current?

what is the difference between conventional current and electronic current? How are they linked to one another?
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Effect of a magnetic field on cathode rays in a cathode ray tube

My question is regarding the direction in which cathode rays bend in a magnetic field. My book states that : When only electric field is applied, the electrons deviate from their path and hit ...
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Why is charge of the electron negative?

How did scientists figure out that the charge of the electron was indeed negative? I know how the cathode ray tube experiment works, but how did Thompson know that the plate that the cathode ray beam ...
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Confusion about electron flow and current

So, I learned in class that current is defined as positive charges moving from south to north. However, in all reality, the negative charges are moving, but the convention of positive to negative wors ...
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Direction of the current and the electrons [duplicate]

If the electric current is defined as Coulomb/second, why is the direction of the current is just the opposite of the direction of the flow of electrons?
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Potential energy sign conventions

Almost every book on physics that I read have some weird and non-clear explanations regarding the potential energy. Ok, I do understand that if we integrate a force over some path, we'll get a ...
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What would have happened if electron was considered positive?

We always keep on telling that current flows opposite to electron, since electron is negatively charged. And old people didn't knew, that it is electron which actually flows.. So, now if we correct ...
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How can Current be positive when electrons have a negative charge?

I am a little confused. I have been told that electrons carry a charge of $-1.6 \cdot 10^{-19}$ coulombs, and that 1 coulomb is $6.25 \cdot 10^{18}$ electrons, and $1 \,\mathrm{A}$ is the current from ...
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Conventional current and electric current

When an external field is applied ,then electrons move in the direction opposite to that field, I want to know that does conventional current moves in the direction of field? A confusion is there in ...
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Direction of current and direction of flow of electrons

My textbook says that the flow of current is from the positive to negative and my notebook say that the flow of electrons is from negative to positive. Why aren't they agreeing on one direction? Who ...
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Why is conventional current still used in schematic diagrams?

I am a beginner in electronics and i am learning on my own. I am currently reading this book "Electronics for dummies" and after reading some pages of this book i have a LOT of questions. I know about ...
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Why are electrons negative? [duplicate]

By my understanding their charge could have been called positive, and the charge of the proton and positron called negative. What are the historical reasons for this?
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Are electric sources and sinks symmetrical?

When discussing sources and sinks for the property of divergence of electric fields, why is the positive polarity uniquely selected as a source and the other a sink? Aren't they both sources and sinks ...