Electric Field

Physics SS1 Second Term


Electric Field

Performance Objectives

Students should be able to:

  1. Describe the electric lines of force
  2. Explain electric current and Potential difference with relation to the production of electric current


Electric Field

An electric field is a region of space where a charged body experiences an electric force.

The electric field is just a way of describing the action at a distance of one charge upon another. Such a field is another example of a force field and is represented by electric lines of force. Since force is a vector quantity, an electric force field has both magnitude and direction.

The direction of an electric field at any point is given by the direction of the force acting on a small positive charge placed at that point.

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