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« on: 16/01/2009 08:45:46 »
Why do electric field lines are drawn away from a positive charge and towards for a negative charge. Is it a conventional method or there is some physics behind it?


 

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« Reply #1 on: 16/01/2009 08:53:34 »
Conventional current? Back then they thought that electrons flowed from the positive terminal to the negative terminal.
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« Reply #2 on: 16/01/2009 10:12:52 »
The start of the study of electricity came from static electricity generated by rubbing materials with cloths notably glass rods with silk to charge a rod one way and ebonite(plastic) rods with fur  to generate the opposite charge on the rod.

At the time they created the models and convention the choice of "positive" and "negative" (or red and green  they could have used anything)  was purely arbitrary as they had no idea of the nature of the charge carriers.
 

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« Reply #3 on: 16/01/2009 10:30:39 »
Conventional current? Back then they thought that electrons flowed from the positive terminal to the negative terminal.
The original model of electricity didn't involve electrons. It didn't consider charge to be quantised at all but had to choose a 'sign' and happened to make an unfortunate (for students) choice.
 

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« Reply #4 on: 16/01/2009 10:36:37 »
The original model of electricity didn't involve electrons. It didn't consider charge to be quantised at all but had to choose a 'sign' and happened to make an unfortunate (for students) choice.
Opps... [:I] [:I] Okay, thank you :).
 

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« Reply #5 on: 16/01/2009 11:37:39 »
I am talking about electrostatic positive and negative charges. Why are field lines drawn away from a positive charge.

 
 

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« Reply #6 on: 16/01/2009 11:49:00 »
I am talking about electrostatic positive and negative charges. Why are field lines drawn away from a positive charge. 
The electric field is a vector; its direction is the direction of a force applied on a positive charge, by definition. Since two positive charges repel each other and a negative and a positive attracts each other, the electric field direction must go away of a positive charge and towards a negative one.
 

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« Reply #7 on: 16/01/2009 17:13:09 »
Isn't this just because we live in a matter universe and not an antimatter one?  That is, we deal with a flow of electrons, and not positrons?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 16/01/2009 18:00:05 »
Isn't this just because we live in a matter universe and not an antimatter one?  That is, we deal with a flow of electrons, and not positrons?
What would change in that case?
 

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« Reply #9 on: 16/01/2009 21:34:08 »
I think you need to check up on what constitutes matter and antimatter, particles and antiparticles.
 

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