Parallel Circuit

Definition - What does Parallel Circuit mean?

Parallel Circuit is a circuit in which all the connections are connected parallel to each other. In a Parallel Circuit there are multiple ways for the charge to flow. The main advantage of the circuit is that it does not get affected if one of the resistors stops working. The total amount of current flowing inside the circuit is similar to the amount of current flowing out. According to the Kirchhoff’s current law, the total amount of current can be calculated by the sum of currents through the individual elements.

Petropedia explains Parallel Circuit

If a circuit shares two nodes which are parallel then it is said to be a Parallel Circuit. The main difference between a series circuit and a Parallel Circuit is that in a Parallel Circuit the voltage remains the same across each component whereas in a series circuit the voltage is calculated from the summing all the voltages in the components. The Parallel Circuit can be used in diverse lamps and other electrical appliances. It is more preferred over series circuit because it protects the appliance from getting damaged even when the fuse gets burnt. A parallel connection can resist the flow of current.

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