Difference between electric and magnetic field
The difference between electric and magnetic fields is that “Electric field is the area around the charged particles, it was introduced by Michel Faraday. While the magnetic field is the area or region around the magnet where poles of the magnet show the force of attraction or repulsion. More differences in the electric field and magnetic field are given in the comparison table below.
Electric field Vs Magnetic field
Electric field |
Magnetic field |
It is the force or area around the charged particle. | It is the region where poles of magnets show a force of attraction or repulsion. |
Its unit is Volt/meter or (N/C) | Its unit is Tesla |
Its symbol is “E” | Its symbol is “B” |
Its formula is E= F/q | Its formula is B= fi/A |
It is measured by an electrometer | It is measured by a magnetometer |
It is a mono pole | It has di pole |
Its field lines originate from a positive charge and terminate on a negative charge | Its field lines generate from the north pole and terminate on south pole |
Electric filed lines do not form any closed loop | Magnetic field lines form a closed-loop |
It exists in 2 dimensions | It remains in 3 dimensions |
The electric field can do work | The magnetic field cannot do work |
What is electric field?
Coulomb’s law for the force between charges encourages us to think in terms of action at a distance represented as charge ↔ charge.
Again introducing the field as an intermediary between the charges, we can represent the interaction as:
charge ↔ field ↔ charge
Therefore the first charge sets up an electric field, and the second charge interacts with the electric field of the first charge.Our problem of determining the interaction between the charges is therefore reduced to two separate problems:
1: Determine by measurement or calculation the electric field established by the first charge at every point in space.
2: Calculate the force that the fields exert on the second place at a particular point in space.
In analogy with the relation of the gravitational field ( g =F/ ) We define the electric field E associated with a certain collection of charges in terms of force exerted on a positive test charge q0 at a particular point is:
E = F /q0
The direction of the vector E is the same as the direction of F , because q0 is a positive scalar.
Dimensionally the electric field is the force per unit charge.
SI Unit: Newton /Coulomb (N/C)
Equivalent unit : Volt /meter (V/m)
In a gravitational field, g is usually expressed in units of m/s.s and it can also be expressed as the force per unit mass in units of Newton/ Kilogram. Both the gravitational and electric fields can be expressed as a force divided by a property (mass or charge) of the test body.
What is the magnetic field?
In electrostatics, we represented the relation between electric field and electric charge symbolically by charge field charge
That is electric charges set up an electric field, which in turn can exert a force of electric origin on other charges. The symmetry between electric and magnetic fields by writing.
Magnetic charge ↔ magnetic field ↔magnetic charge
Which can also write as
Electric current ↔magnetic field (B)↔ electric current
A moving electric charge or an electric current sets up a magnetic field, which can then exert a magnetic force on other moving charges or currents.
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