Electric Field Shapes

Electric Field Shapes

''An electric field is a region in which particles with charge experience a force''

We represent electric fields with diagrams that have conventions (or rules) that need to be followed. For example:

The field lines (and arrows) show the direction of the force that would be felt by a positive charge at that point in the field. Note that unlike gravitational fields, electric fields can attract or repel objects.

The spacing between the lines shows how strong the field is at that point. In this case it's strongest near to the charge because the lines are closest there.

Electric Field

This field is uniform because the spacing between the lines remains the same throughout the field shown. The field lines are parallel and equispaced.

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