Not sure what forum to put this in, but for anyone who knows this area of electronics this question should be pretty easy. I have actually moved way past this level of electronics, and yet, i do not understand something very basic and it is nagging at me.
generally i understand a parallel vs a series circuit in the most basic way, the parallel circuit is going to have branches and multiple connections to the same node, where the series circuit is just going to have one path. here is the question:
if you have the most absolute basic circuit of a power supply and ground with one component actually on the circuit (whatever inductor resistor capacitor whatever)....isn't this by nature a series circuit? how can you have a parallel circuit if the circuit only has one component? i thought it was a given that if a circuit would be this basic that it could only be referred to as a series circuit, how could a circuit like this be in parallel?