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Sorry for the newbie question but am I correct to say both of these schematics are representative of (push button) switches? If not what is the difference between them? Do they work differently? Thanks in advance.

switch 1

switch 2

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The bottom picture could be a relay contact (coil not shown). \$\endgroup\$ – Andy aka Sep 23 '15 at 14:40
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The top one is a push button: Closed (making a connection) when you push it. As soon as you let go the contact opens again. Example: the keys on your computer's keyboard

Bottom one is a toggle switch, you flip it, it stays closed even if you don't touch it anymore. It opens when you flip the switch again. Example: the light switch in a room.

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The top one is normally open, but closed by pusing on the button. When you release the button, the contact is opened.

The bottom one is a switch that has two stable positions, one open and one closed, like the ones we use to turn the light on or off.

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The top one is a momentarily switch, since its only connected momentarily.

The bottom one is a Maintained switch, the connection is basically maintain until it is modified.

You can also check the Momentary vs. Maintained section in this switch basics tutorial from sparkfun

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