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Electric field symbol

  1. Jun 25, 2005 #1
    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.
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  3. Jun 25, 2005 #2
    What do you mean by "electric field symbol"? I always thought electric field (strength) was represented by "E".
  4. Jun 25, 2005 #3
    It's like an E, but it's squiggly. It's not electric field strength, it's the vector I'm after. Anyone else?
  5. Jun 25, 2005 #4
    Do you mean epsilon? It's a greek letter.

    [tex] \epsilon [/tex]

    In American textbooks I often see E as the electric field and epsilon as the energy density.
  6. Jun 25, 2005 #5
    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.
  7. Jun 25, 2005 #6
    I've only seen E, here are E's some from the Latex sheet,

    [tex] \mathbb{E} \ \epsilon \ \varepsilon\ \xi [/tex]

    I've also seen an E that has the same style as this N, maybe that's what you're looking for:

    [tex] \aleph [/tex]
  8. Jun 25, 2005 #7


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    The 4-the letter is a Greek letter called "xi" ,not an "e".:tongue:

  9. Jun 25, 2005 #8


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    Do you mean the "E" in the Gothic (German) alphabet ?This one

    [tex] \mathfrak{E} [/tex] ?


    P.S.Electric field strength is a vector. :rolleyes:
  10. Jun 25, 2005 #9

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    Or how about [itex]\cal E[/itex]?
  11. Jun 25, 2005 #10
    Epsilon isnt 'E' either, they jus both look like E's :tongue2:
  12. Jun 25, 2005 #11


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    Epsilon's is read "e" in any version of Greek .:tongue: While "xi" is read "e",iff the reader's drunk.

  13. Jun 25, 2005 #12


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    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?
  14. Jun 26, 2005 #13
    I think this is the one he's after. I've seen this used in many texts.
  15. Jun 26, 2005 #14
    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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  16. Jun 26, 2005 #15
    :tongue: dex :tongue:

    Thats the one Tom Mattson pasted, except more elaborate (I believe).
  17. Jun 26, 2005 #16
    My physics teacher often says
    "Symbols are not important what do symbol represent is important" :tongue:
  18. Jun 26, 2005 #17
    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 [itex]\cal E[/itex]? I can't find that either. :frown: I guess I could just use a lower case epsilon and up the font size...
  19. Jun 26, 2005 #18


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    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.

  20. Jun 26, 2005 #19
    Guess what the stupid MS program doesn't have...

    Poke it, I'll just use the lower-case one and make it reet big.

    Thanks everyone.
  21. Jun 26, 2005 #20
    Yeah I noticed that squigly looking E when scanning through a materials science text book--- engineers may often use different symbols than physicists--- but as an EE student... most of the stuff in my EE textbooks is pretty much the same as physics...

    although the confusion of EEs using H for magnetic field strength and B for magnetic flux density.
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