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What does "net current" mean?

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by lefam, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. lefam

    lefam

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    I am sorry if this sounds to be a silly question. Maybe I am having trouble interpreting the expression in english since it is not my first language.

    I would like to know what the expression "net current" means.

    Example of usage: "KCL states that no net current can flow into a node".
     
  2. (*steve*)

    (*steve*) ¡sǝpodᴉʇuɐ ǝɥʇ ɹɐǝɥd Moderator

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    If you add all the positive and negative values, you get zero.

    "Net" means "amount remaining after deductions". In this case it is the sum of all currents (and if there is any current at all, at least one will be negative, and that is (they are) the deductions)
     
  3. lefam

    lefam

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    Thank you!
     
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