Imagine you have two metal plates that are parallel to each other, and one is positively charged ad the other is negatively charged. The direction of the electric field created by these two charged places is from the positive toward the negative plate. (Imagine placing a positive test charge int he field… which way would it go? Away from the positive plate and toward the negative plate… so that’s the direction of the electric field.) Now imagine connecting the two plates with a metal wire. What do you think would happen?

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