Phil Krause, a good friend of Deskarati, asks the question ‘What is the difference between an Electric Field and a Magnetic Field?’ Well the more we thought about it the more we realised we didn’t really know. So we took a quick look on the excellent ‘Difference Between‘ website and found the answer, which is summarised here. But please click through to the fuller explanation. – Deskarati –
1. An electric field is a field of force, surrounding a charged particle, while a magnetic field is a field of force surrounding a permanent magnet, or a moving charged particle.
2. The strength of an electric field is expressed in Newtons per Coulomb, or Volts per meter, while a magnetic field strength is expressed in Gauss or Tesla.
3. The force of an electric field is proportional to the electric charge, while the magnetic field is proportional to the electric charge as well as the speed of the moving charge.
4. Electric and magnetic fields oscillate at right angles to one another.
For a fuller explanation click here Difference Between Electric and Magnetic fields