What is A Circuit?


A electrical circuit forms a closed loop, as its name implies. It is a circle around which electrons can travel. It needs to be comprised of some conductive material so that electrons can travel from atom to atom, forming an electrical current. The circuit must form a full loop from an electrical source and back to that source, or the electrons are unable to move.

An LED or light or buzzer draws power from the circuit and returns to its source, thus keeping current flowing.

A device that consumes energy flowing through the circuit is called load.

There are two basic types of circuits:

  1. A series circuit - This type of circuit is simple. There is only one path around which the current can flow, and if it is broken, the current flow will stop.
  2. A parallel circuit - This type of circuit has more than one path and if one path is broken, another path can take up the current flow.

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