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yeah, electrical power propagates way faster than electrons drift (and the power flux is primarily outside the wire, but that's a fun story for a different day).

One way to think about it is as a newton's cradle sorta deal. It's not perfect, but fairly close. Also maybe flicking a jump rope - energy propagates, but the bits of rope don't move from beginning to end.

Before I read your comment, I thought the description sounded like Newton’s Cradle.

Flicking a jump rope sounds more akin to AC to me, though. Maybe, pulsed DC?

What about a train or bumper car analogy (not joking)?

I would really like to see this as a visualization.

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