# Electric field symbol

by El Hombre Invisible
Tags: electric, field, symbol
 P: 1,017 Yo! Anyone know of any free font compatible with Word (or that comes with Word!) that has the goddam electric field symbol in it? Whoever came up with that sign had an irrational hatred of word processors.
 P: 554 What do you mean by "electric field symbol"? I always thought electric field (strength) was represented by "E".
 P: 1,017 It's like an E, but it's squiggly. It's not electric field strength, it's the vector I'm after. Anyone else?
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## Electric field symbol

Do you mean epsilon? It's a greek letter.

$$\epsilon$$

In American textbooks I often see E as the electric field and epsilon as the energy density.
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 Quote by Crosson Do you mean epsilon? It's a greek letter. $$\epsilon$$ In American textbooks I often see E as the electric field and epsilon as the energy density.
No, it's not in the Greek alphabet. If it were, that would be cool since loads of standard fonts have Greek characters.

'E' seems to be the most common symbol for the electric field, but we seem to use another (note to self: must find out why). It's like an E, but more elaborate and... squiggly. It's the best word for it.

So if anyone knows any alternative symbols to 'E' for the electric field, please let me know. Thanks.
 P: 2,223 I've only seen E, here are E's some from the Latex sheet, $$\mathbb{E} \ \epsilon \ \varepsilon\ \xi$$ I've also seen an E that has the same style as this N, maybe that's what you're looking for: $$\aleph$$
 Sci Advisor HW Helper P: 11,835 The 4-the letter is a Greek letter called "xi" ,not an "e". Daniel.
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 Quote by El Hombre Invisible Yo! Anyone know of any free font compatible with Word (or that comes with Word!) that has the goddam electric field symbol in it? Whoever came up with that sign had an irrational hatred of word processors.
Do you mean the "E" in the Gothic (German) alphabet ?This one

$$\mathfrak{E}$$ ?

Daniel.

P.S.Electric field strength is a vector.
 Emeritus Sci Advisor PF Gold P: 5,540 Or how about $\cal E$?
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 Quote by dextercioby The 4-the letter is a Greek letter called "xi" ,not an "e". Daniel.
Epsilon isnt 'E' either, they jus both look like E's
 Sci Advisor HW Helper P: 11,835 Epsilon's is read "e" in any version of Greek . While "xi" is read "e",iff the reader's drunk. Daniel.
 Sci Advisor HW Helper PF Gold P: 4,100 Can you use the Equation Editor (not installed by default with MS Word)? Can you attach a small scan? or name the text you are using?
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 Quote by Tom Mattson Or how about $\cal E$?
I think this is the one he's after. I've seen this used in many texts.
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Hi all. Sorry, none of the above suggestions fit the bill. The reason I couldn't show you what I meant was simply that I couldn't find a wesbite that used it on the internet either - everything uses 'E', so I'm pretty confused why we're using this mad symbol.

It looks a lot like xi, and I've been using that, but I don't think it is, since the textbook has used the xi symbol too and they're clearly different.

But anyway, I have resolved to suffer the embarrassment and attempt to draw this evil bast. Attached as a bmp file. Don't laugh.
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 It looks a lot like xi, and I've been using that, but I don't think it is, since the textbook has used the xi symbol too and they're clearly different.
dex

Thats the one Tom Mattson pasted, except more elaborate (I believe).
 P: 661 My physics teacher often says "Symbols are not important what do symbol represent is important"
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 Quote by whozum dex Thats the one Tom Mattson pasted, except more elaborate (I believe).
Is that upper-case epsilon? Dammit, guess what upper-case epsilon is in Word... 'E'! Well, at least that explains the interchangeability of electric field symbols... blame the greeks I guess.

Okay, so does anyone know a font that has $\cal E$? I can't find that either. I guess I could just use a lower case epsilon and up the font size...
 Sci Advisor HW Helper P: 11,835 I have "Caligraphic" fonts installed in my SWP 2.5 (dating 1995).I'm sure they're installed in Miktex and other Windows base Tex editors.You can copy paste it as an image into a Word document,if the stupid MS program doesn't have "Caligraphic" fonts. Daniel.

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