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Electric Field due to a charge q
Electric field is the electric force acting on
a unit positive charge
Fe = E qo
Units of E: N/C
Example 23.8
Example 23.9
Electric Field Lines
•Same direction as the electric field
vector at any point.
•E is tangent to the electric field line
•Number of lines perpendicular to the
lines is proportional to the field
•E small: lines further apart
•E large: Lines closer
•No two lines can cross
Lines begin on a positive charges and end of negative charges
1/r2 behavior from geometry.
Motion of Charged Particles in a Uniform Electric Field