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The concept of a scalar potential is reasonably straight forward. It is the energy needed to move to a point from some arbitrary reference point, the reference point being the origin for most mechanical problems and infinity for most electromagnetic problems.And of course this will produce a scalar field.

The physical meaning of a vector potential, on the other hand, is alluding me. All of my texts seem to be very vague at this point. Mathematically I can say thatB= del crossAwhereAis a vector potential but what does that mean physically.

Any clarification of this point will be sincerely appreciated.

Gary R

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# Vector potential confusion

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