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In an electrolyte, the positive ions move from left to right and negative ions move from right to...

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In an electrolyte, the positive ions move from left to right and negative ions move from right to left. Is there a net current? If yes, in what direction?

Flow of Electrical Charges

A flow of electrical charges is called an electrical current or just simply current. The usual convention of the current is opposite to the direction of the flow of negatively charged particle (electrons) because of the people who made the convention and all were getting used to it. The convention doesn't affect the entirety of the system or any calculations as long as it is consistent.

Answer and Explanation:


Yes since there is a movement of ions from respective directions.


The direction of the net current or the convention is from left to right since current is based from the movement of positive charges just like a positive ions (default convention).


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Flow of Electric Charge: Equation & Application

from GCSE Physics: Practice & Study Guide

Chapter 8 / Lesson 7
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