what is the difference between an electrical field and a magnetic field?
Posted on 2014-02-08
Hello and Good Evening Everyone,
I am wondering what the difference is between an electrical field and a magnetic field. From a brief discussion with a friend of mine who is a physics major, he says that an electrical field is made up of atomic particals called electrons. Now, when these electrons are in movement, it creates what is called a magnetic field. He also added in an example of a bar magnet, electrical coil with a battery hooked up to it, and a compass. At that part is when I became lost and was not following how this example fit it. I am sure he was explaining it well, but, it was hard for me to make the connections necessary to differentiate between and electrical and magnetic field. I guess you could say I am more of a tangiable learner as opposed to a conceptual learner. At any rate, could someone explain the difference or differences between an electrical field and a magnetic field using the examples of a bar magnet, electrical coil with a battery hooked up to it, and a compass? I believe once this example gets tied into the concepts of an electrical field and a magnetic field, I should have a clearer picture in my head about it.
In closing, I look forward to hearing back from everyone regarding this question.