Voltage And Current

Voltage is a force! A force that can move electrons, and make them flow. The flow of electrons is called Current.

Voltage is also called Potential Difference. This is a nice scientific term but may be more confusing. When we call it "difference", it implies that it is relative and we are comparing it with something (by finding difference). But with what it is being compared is not explicit.

Hence whenever we talk about potential/voltage, it is with respect to other potential. Normally it is with respect to ground (zero potential).

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For example, consider the above diagram in which two cells of 1.5 volts are connected in series. It is clear that potential at point B is 1.5V more than that of point A, hence potential difference between point B with respect to point A is 1.5V. But note that potential difference at point A with respect to B is -1.5V. The reference point is very important.

Similarly, potential difference at C with respect to point B is 1.5V and potential difference at B with respect to C is -1.5V.

Now, can you say what is potential at C with respect to A and vice-versa ?, Yes it is 3V and -3V. (by this we have observed one important property of voltage i.e VOLTAGE IN SERIES GETS ADDED).

Now analyze Fig-2 and try to give answers to the questions below it. Please see the way cells are connected.

cell2

Potential at point B with respect to A ?
Potential at point C with respect to A ?
Potential at point D with respect to A ?
Potential at point C with respect to B ?
Potential at point C with respect to D ?
Potential at point A with respect to B ?
Potential at point A with respect to C ?
Potential at point A with respect to D ?
Potential at point B with respect to C ?
Potential at point D with respect to C ?

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Now lets fold our sleeves and try to analyze the combination shown in FIG-3.

Carefully see how 3rd cell is connected.

cell3


Potential at point B with respect to A ?
Potential at point C with respect to A ?
Potential at point D with respect to A ?
Potential at point C with respect to B ?
Potential at point C with respect to D ?
Potential at point A with respect to B ?
Potential at point A with respect to C ?
Potential at point A with respect to D ?
Potential at point B with respect to C ?
Potential at point D with respect to C ?

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