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I Do charges accelerate because their field lines are changed?

  1. Jan 20, 2017 #1
    I ask this because of this diagram.

    Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 5.57.27 PM.png

    Say that two charges are held a certain distance apart and are let go. Well, we see that the field lines of one charge repels the other.

    And I noticed that the field lines for an accelerating charge also bends.
    Screen Shot 2017-01-20 at 6.01.26 PM.png

    So can we say that because one field changes the geometric configuration of the other field, the other charge must accelerate to accompany that change?

    I know the formal definition involves charges(F=qE), but I want to know if it can be viewed from another perspective.
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  3. Jan 21, 2017 #2
    I guess you could think of it in a way that states that a particle wants to return to its natural configuration with all field lines point straight outward/innward. So it seeks that natural state by moving. That definitely isn't an official law or anything but it definitely gets the idea across. But that wouldn't describe opposite charges.
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