• Support PF! Buy your school textbooks, materials and every day products via PF Here!

Electric field symbol

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.
 
551
1
What do you mean by "electric field symbol"? I always thought electric field (strength) was represented by "E".
 
It's like an E, but it's squiggly. It's not electric field strength, it's the vector I'm after. Anyone else?
 
1,222
2
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.
 
Crosson said:
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.
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.
 
2,208
1
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]
 

dextercioby

Science Advisor
Homework Helper
Insights Author
12,951
533
The 4-the letter is a Greek letter called "xi" ,not an "e".:tongue:

Daniel.
 

dextercioby

Science Advisor
Homework Helper
Insights Author
12,951
533
El Hombre Invisible said:
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

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

Daniel.

P.S.Electric field strength is a vector. :rolleyes:
 

Tom Mattson

Staff Emeritus
Science Advisor
Gold Member
5,475
20
Or how about [itex]\cal E[/itex]?
 
2,208
1
dextercioby said:
The 4-the letter is a Greek letter called "xi" ,not an "e".:tongue:

Daniel.
Epsilon isnt 'E' either, they jus both look like E's :tongue2:
 

dextercioby

Science Advisor
Homework Helper
Insights Author
12,951
533
Epsilon's is read "e" in any version of Greek .:tongue: While "xi" is read "e",iff the reader's drunk.

Daniel.
 

robphy

Science Advisor
Homework Helper
Insights Author
Gold Member
5,381
661
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?
 
574
0
Tom Mattson said:
Or how about [itex]\cal E[/itex]?
I think this is the one he's after. I've seen this used in many texts.
 
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.
 

Attachments

2,208
1
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.
:tongue: dex :tongue:

Thats the one Tom Mattson pasted, except more elaborate (I believe).
 
651
1
My physics teacher often says
"Symbols are not important what do symbol represent is important" :tongue:
 
whozum said:
:tongue: dex :tongue:

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 [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...
 

dextercioby

Science Advisor
Homework Helper
Insights Author
12,951
533
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 

Related Threads for: Electric field symbol

Replies
2
Views
613
Replies
9
Views
2K
Replies
3
Views
880
Replies
2
Views
37K
  • Posted
Replies
2
Views
423
  • Posted
Replies
2
Views
3K
  • Posted
Replies
2
Views
1K
  • Posted
Replies
6
Views
944

Physics Forums Values

We Value Quality
• Topics based on mainstream science
• Proper English grammar and spelling
We Value Civility
• Positive and compassionate attitudes
• Patience while debating
We Value Productivity
• Disciplined to remain on-topic
• Recognition of own weaknesses
• Solo and co-op problem solving
Top