A circuit or wiring diagram is a visual display of an electrical circuit.
A schematic is a diagram of an electrical circuit. Schematics are graphical representations of the essential connections in a circuit, but they are not life-like depictions of a circuit.
Going with the flow: Using analogies to explain electric circuits Going with the flow: Using analogies to explain electric circuits.
We frequently use analogies to teach about electricity and electric circuits and have found them to provide an evocative method to bring this topic to life. The topic of electricity has the added difficulty of having specialised and often unfamiliar vocabulary which students have to learn; use of analogies helps students learn these new words.