1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data The question is this: State the law of poles (electric) states 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution Ok, so I assume it's a typo above...and should read either: 1. State the law of poles (electric) or 2. The law of poles (electric) states. That is the question I am given. I feel it is important to say that this is a question on my physics final which my teacher made a take home final. That being said, I have already answered it such "Like charges repel and opposite charges attract." I have absolutely no intention of changing it if my answer proves wrong, however I am curious as to what exactly the question is getting at (couldn't find anything directly online). Thanks! Edit: I completely understand if you don't wish to answer this question (I turn the final in tomorrow).