# why is the direction of flow of current is taken to be from the +ve terminal of the cell to the -ve terminal despite we know that the flow of electrons is from the -ve terminal to the +ve terminal?

### Asked by sanjaykj6745 | 25th May, 2016, 08:22: PM

Expert Answer:

### When the concept of electricity was discovered, electrons were not known. So, scientists postulated that current is the flow of positive charges. After the discovery of electrons, it was understood that current is the flow of electrons. However, the concept was prominent in the world and changing it would create confusion, and so convention prevailed and current remained as flow of positive charges.

### Answered by Romal Bhansali | 26th May, 2016, 09:23: AM

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