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How to imagine an electric field?

  1. Dec 26, 2009 #1
    Is it 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional?
     
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  3. Dec 26, 2009 #2

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    Hi SELFMADE! :smile:
    Space is 3 dimensional, so any field is 3 dimensional.

    Did you have a specific electric field in mind?

    EDIT: just occurred to me …

    if a field was 2 dimensional, it would fall off as 1/r instead of 1/r2, since it would spread out over a circle (~ r) instead of a sphere (~ r2) :wink:
     
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  4. Dec 26, 2009 #3
    thanks, I was just going over physics 2 material which I'll take next semester.
     
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