Why does the electric current flow opposite to electrons?

Question:

Why does the electric current flow opposite to electrons?

Electric Current:

Electric Current is defined as the rate of flow of charges. The current flows from the region of high potential to the region of lower potential. The unit of current is ampere (A). It is mathematically represented as:

$$\displaystyle{ \color{red}{I = \frac{dq}{dt}} }$$

where, {eq}\displaystyle{ I }{/eq} is the current, {eq}\displaystyle{ q }{/eq} is the charge and {eq}\displaystyle{ t }{/eq} is the time interval.

Answer and Explanation:

The conventional flow of current is from positive to negative, but electrons flow from negative to positive. This is because initially it was thought electric current flows due to the flow of positive charges. But it was later discovered electrons cause flow of electric current. But even after this discovery, the conventional direction was continued. So, the electric current flow opposite to electrons.


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