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[Phys-L] Re: Fields etc

Is not to worry. I have a standard charge that I keep at NIST, in
Boulder. I take a sample, that I
label "test" to Boulder, and I measure the force on "test" at a
distance of 1 m. This gives me the charge on "test". Now I carry
"test" around in some space and go through the procedure previously

All charges are of course measured with respect to the standard. How
the standard is determined is beyond the scope of this posting.

Bernard Cleyet wrote:

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

bc, worried.

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.


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