Series Circuits

By:Brenton D. Gibson, Jr.

A series circuit!

This is a example of a series circuit. This kind of circuit contains a battery(D cell), battery holder, light bulb(2 or 10), wire, and light bulb holder. Also make sure the metal part is showing and is connected to the metal part of the battery holder.

Inside a series circuit and a example

A series circuit is a circuit where there is only one path from the source through all of the loads and back to the source. This means that all of the current in the circuit must flow through all of the loads.

One example of a series circuit is a string of old Christmas lights. There is only one path for the current to flow. Opening or breaking a series circuit such as this at any point in its path causes the entire circuit to "open" or stop operating. That's because the basic requirement for the circuit to operate a continuous, closed loop path is no longer met. This is the main disadvantage of a series circuit. If any one of the light bulbs or loads burns out or is removed, the entire circuit stops operating. Many of today's circuits are actually a combination of elements in series and parallel to minimize the inconvenience of a pure series circuit.

Here are some other examples of other series circuits . . .

Another Definition

A series circuit is a closed circuit in which the current follows one path, as opposed to a parallel circuit where the circuit is divided into two or more paths. In a series circuit, the current through each load is the same and the total voltage across the circuit is the sum of the voltages across each load.