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Electric field, what is it

  1. Dec 23, 2009 #1
    what is the electric field? I have read that there is a certain point where the electric field. but what is the electric field?
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    It starts and ends on positive and negative charges by convention. The direction of the electric field is defined as the direction of force that the field applies on a positive test charge. Hence, the field points away from areas of net positive charge and towards areas of net negative charge.
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