# What Is Dynamic Electricity?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 7, 2020 4:35:40 PM ET

Dynamic electricity is the flow of an electric charge through a conduction point. Dynamic electricity is often referred to as electric current.

The biggest difference between dynamic electricity and static electricity is the movement of charges or currents. The charges are constantly in motion when dynamic electricity exists. They are moving in different directions and are always forming currents. The electricity that exists in static electricity is composed of charges that are stationary. Static electricity is more stable than dynamic electricity and the charges that exist rarely move.

Electrical current is measured in amperes, or simply amps, a unit named after French physicist and mathematician Andre-Marie Ampere. Ampere's work in the field earned him the title "father of electrodynamics." While the amp measures the rate of actual movement, or flow, of electricity, the coulomb is a separate unit that denotes the amount of particles present. The ampere is one of the International System of Units' seven base units.

Amperes in a circuit can be measured using an ampere meter. This device can be connected to the load and will not affect the resulting measurement of electrical current. This is because the ampere meter itself has a resistance near zero.

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