Static Electricity - Mission SE10 Detailed Help

TRUE    or    FALSE:

The quantity electric field is a vector quantity.

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Electric Field as a Vector:
The electric field (E) at a given location about a source charge (Q) is a vector quantity. That is, it has a direction. The force upon a test charge (q) could be an attractive force (towards the source charge) or a repulsive force (away from the source charge) depending upon whether the Q and q are like-charged or oppositely charged. In defining the direction of the electric field, a convention is used so that the direction is dependent upon the type of charge on the source charge Q. According to the convention, the direction of the electric field is in the direction that a positive test charge would be pushed or pulled if placed in the space surrounding Q.


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