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Electrical current in a wire behaves similarly to the flow of water in a pipe. The electrical potential is like the water pressure; thick wires can allow more electrons to go through like a thick pipe could allow more water to go through.

## How is the flow of electricity similar to the flow of water?

The flow of electrical charge (a current) **through a wire** is like the flow of water through a pipe with no bubbles or leaks. A resistor is like a constriction in a pipe; the resistor resists the flow of charge, the constriction resists the flow of water. Voltage in a circuit is like pressure in a pipe.

## What two items in electrical circuits are similar to the pressure and flow in a water circuits?

Voltage-Pressure Analogy

**A battery** is analogous to a pump in a water circuit. A pump takes in water at low pressure and does work on it, ejecting it at high pressure. A battery takes in charge at low voltage, does work on it and ejects it at high voltage.

## What is the flow of electricity like water in a river called?

**A current**, in a river or stream, is the flow of water influenced by gravity as the water moves downhill to reduce its potential energy.

## Is pipes as electricity to wires?

The water pipe analogy can be carried even further. **Electrical current in a wire behaves similarly to the flow of water in a pipe**. The electrical potential is like the water pressure; thick wires can allow more electrons to go through like a thick pipe could allow more water to go through.

## What feature of a river is the best analogy for current in an electric circuit?

When describing voltage, current, and resistance, a common analogy is **a water tank**. In this analogy, charge is represented by the water amount, voltage is represented by the water pressure, and current is represented by the water flow. So for this analogy, remember: Water = Charge.

## What is the flow of water called?

**Streamflow, or channel runoff**, is the flow of water in streams, rivers, and other channels, and is a major element of the water cycle. … The discharge of water flowing in a channel is measured using stream gauges or can be estimated by the Manning equation. The record of flow over time is called a hydrograph.