# Kirchhoff's law

- the law that the algebraic sum of the currents flowing toward any point in an electric network is zero.
- the law that the algebraic sum of the products of the current and resistance in the conductors forming a closed loop in a network is equal to the algebraic sum of the electromotive forces in the loop.

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## Origin of Kirchhoff's law^{}

First recorded in 1865–70; named after G. R. Kirchhoff

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