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Jack, I don't know if I'm walking into a mine field here, but I think
we got circularity here.
I think the charge is defined (measured) by the force, not the other way
Jack Uretsky wrote:
Go back to basics, in this case the definition of "field". Charged
objects, in a certain region, experience forces that are proportional to
the charges, and for each object there is a unique force vector at each
point of the region. Divide the force vector by the associated charge on
the object. The resulting set of vectors is called the "vector field in
the region". Is it real? Depends upon your definition of reality. The
force vectors were measurable; does that fact make them "real"? This is,
an example that is appropriate to an electrostatic of gravitational field.
A vector field is, simply stated, a process that assigns a unique vector
to each point of a space - where I use "space" in a generalized sense that
includes ordinary 3-d space as a special case.