Will current flow more easily through a thick wire or a thin wire?

Question:

Will current flow more easily through a thick wire or a thin wire?

Electric current:

Definition: "An electric current is the rate of flow of electric charge past a point or region. An electric current is said to exist when there is a net flow of electric charge through a region."

Answer and Explanation:

  • The current will flow more easily through a thick wire than relative to a thin wire of the same material when connected to a similar voltage source.
  • A thick wire has a greater diameter which means a lesser resistance making the current flow through it more easily.

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