where does electricity go?

I got a question. If we ground everything to the Earth for shorts and things like that, Where does that electricity go to? Does it just disappear deep down inside the earth? Does GE have an electrical well and is sucking all this electricity that people pour onto the ground? Please dont use big words like anode and cathode and coulombs (simple is better) :)

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Toga_Dan1 year ago

electricity is 100% recyclable. please do the right thing. bring your used electrons to the local scrapyard.

The Electricity in ground generally converted or escapes in the form of heat bcz "energy neither be created nor be destroyed,but can change from one form to other form"

Where does electricity go?

In circles.
Electricity is like a Newton’s cradle.


The electrons don’t go anywhere like the balls it is the effect that travels to ground.

blkhawk3 years ago
In order to understand how electricity works visit the HowStuffWorks site and search for the word there.
DualPhase3 years ago
What in the World is Electricity and Where Does it Go After it Leaves the Toaster?

Here is a simple experiment that will teach you an important electrical lesson: On a cool dry day, scuff your feet along a carpet, then reach your hand into a friend's mouth and touch one of his dental fillings. Did you notice how your friend twitched violently and cried out in pain? This teaches one that electricity can be a very powerful force, but we must never use it to hurt others unless we need to learn an important lesson about electricity.

It also illustrates how an electrical circuit works. When you scuffed your feet, you picked up batches of "electrons", which are very small objects that carpet manufacturers weave into carpet so that they will attract dirt. The electrons travel through your bloodstream and collect in your finger, where they form a spark that leaps to your friend's filling, then travel down to his feet and back into the carpet, thus completing the circuit.

AMAZING ELECTRONIC FACT: If you scuffed your feet long enough without touching anything, you would build up so many electrons that your finger would explode! But this is nothing to worry about unless you have carpeting.

Although we modern persons tend to take our electric lights, radios, mixers, etc. for granted, hundreds of years ago people did not have any of these things, which is just as well because there was no place to plug them in. Then along came the first Electrical Pioneer, Benjamin Franklin, who flew a kite in a lightning storm and received a serious electrical shock. This proved that lightning was powered by the same force as carpets, but it also damaged Franklin's brain so severely that he started speaking only in incomprehensible maxims, such as, "A penny saved is a penny earned." Eventually he had to be given a job running the post office.

After Franklin came a herd of Electrical Pioneers whose names have
become part of our electrical terminology: Myron Volt, Mary Louise Amp, James Watt, Bob Transformer, etc. These pioneers conducted many important electrical experiments. Among them, Galvani discovered (this is the truth) that when he attached two different kinds of metal to the leg of a frog, an electrical current developed and the frog's leg kicked, even though it was no longer attached to the frog, which was dead anyway. Galvani's discovery led to enormous advances in the field of amphibian medicine. Today, skilled veterinary surgeons can take a frog that has been seriously injured or killed, implant pieces of metal in its muscles, and watch it hop back into the pond -- almost.

But the greatest Electrical Pioneer of them all was Thomas Edison, who was a brilliant inventor despite the fact that he had little formal education and lived in New Jersey. Edison's first major invention in 1877 was the phonograph, which could soon be found in thousands of American homes, where it basically sat until 1923, when the record was invented. But Edison's greatest achievement came in 1879 when he invented the electric company. Edison's design was a brilliant adaptation of the simple electrical circuit: the electric company sends electricity through a wire to a customer, then immediately gets the electricity back through another wire, then (this is the brilliant part) sends it right back to the customer again.

This means that an electric company can sell a customer the same batch of electricity thousands of times a day and never get caught, since very few customers take the time to examine their electricity closely. In fact, the last year any new electricity was generated was 1937.

Today, thanks to men like Edison and Franklin, and frogs like Galvani's, we receive almost unlimited benefits from electricity. For example, in the past decade scientists have developed the laser, an electronic appliance so powerful that it can vaporize a bulldozer 2000 yards away, yet so precise that doctors can use it to perform delicate operations to the human eyeball, provided they remember to change the power setting from "Bulldozer" to "Eyeball."
Flagged as Inappropriate due to plagiarism. This was copied whole-cloth without attribution from Indian River State College.
Nope, sorry Indian River State College copied it 'whole-cloth without attribution' also, lol. The original author is believed to be Dave Barry but who knows because it is all over the internet.  Enjoy the youtube one, its hilarious!! :)


http://www.sweenytod.com/funny/joke4.html http://ebookbrowse.com/what-in-the-world-is-electricity-and-where-does-it-go-after-it-leaves-the-toaster-doc-d241569039


NachoMahma7 years ago
. Electricity doesn't "go" anywhere. The ol' energy cannot be created nor destroyed thing.
. There are (at least) two types of "ground" - Earth ground and circuit ground. Earth ground is at the same potential as, well, the Earth. Circuit ground is just a common connection to the power source and not necessarily at earth ground potential.
. As others have pointed out, ground is often just another wire (or capacitor). A lot of circuit grounds are not actually grounds at all. Eg, on most cars negative is commonly called ground, but, because of the non-conductive tires (tyres for you Brits), it is not necessarily at earth ground potential.
. More than anything else, ground is just a convenient place to call zero volts - a reference point. Somewhat similar to 0o F or C. Electricity works on difference of potential, so if one side of your power source is at +50V (relative to Earth) and the other is at +150V (relative to Earth), then you have 100V differential. You can call either side ground and say you have plus or minus 100V.
E-R-IC7 years ago
in to the ground
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