1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data What is the difference between an electric field and electric potential? 2. Relevant equations Electric Field = E = Kq/r2 Electric Potential = V = Kq/r 3. The attempt at a solution From the equations, I can see that the electric field strength decreases as an inverse square of r (distance) whereas the electric potential decreases linearly with distance. The electric field is a vector while the electric potential is a scalar. An electric field is the sum of any electric forces acting on a charge or group of charges. An electric field can cause a particle (proton, electron) to accelerate, as when passing through a charged capacitor in a CRT display. Flux is the amount of, or flow of electric field passing through an object. Both electric field and electric potential can be obtained by superposition (adding up individual field contributions or individual potential contributions). All this is great and taken from various pages in my book... But, what does it all mean? I still don't have a clear *intuition* about the difference between electric field and electric potential. I know a battery has electric potential (voltage) and there is an electric field within it between the positive and negative sides. What else can you add to help me realize the *physical* concept of electric field vs. electric potential?