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A charged particle is free to move in an electric field. Will it always move along an electric line of force?

A charged particle is free to move in an electric field. Will it always move along an electric line of force?

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Nitin
110 Points
5 years ago
Not Necessarily,
 The tangent shows the direction in which an electric force should act, but keep in mind it is not the only force acting. Another force like gravity can change its course. Moreover, due to inertia charge body with good mass tends to deviate.
 
BUT, you can consider a small charge like an electron to follow the line if no magnetic force is present.
Murali Shankaran
13 Points
9 months ago
The charge if it is already in motion will move based to the direction it makes with the field.  If it enters perpendicularly then it moves along circular path.  If it moves paralell to field then it moves along the field in a straight path.  

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