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  1. #1 Are the electrons in conductor with current repel? 
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    Are the electrons in conductor with current repel? When they move in conductor with current on closed circular loop, are they repelling? Look at the picture.





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    Yes, that's why they like to travel on the outside surface of the conductor, to get as far away from each other as they can.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    Yes, that's why they like to travel on the outside surface of the conductor, to get as far away from each other as they can.
    Outside surface? Which is that outside surface?
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    I was referring to the skin effect but after reading about it, it's not really due to repulsion of the electrons. Dang, I hate when I'm wrong.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skin_effect
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  6. #5 Re: Are the electrons in conductor with current repel? 
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    Quote Originally Posted by scientist91
    Are the electrons in conductor with current repel? When they move in conductor with current on closed circular loop, are they repelling? Look at the picture.
    Yes, they repel each other because they have like charges, but only over a very short distance. And that does not impede the overall current flow if the EMF applied is enough to move them all along anyway. (And that needs only to be very small.)
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