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    Does the electric field only move in the + ---> - direction? Or does it depend on the charge, so that the electric field moves in a + ---> - direction for a + charge and moves in the - ---> + direction for a - charge?

    In the latter case, if a + charge is moving toward the - plate of a capacitor, is its direction negative since it's moving toward the negative, or is its direction positive, since it's moving with the electric field?

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    1. The electric field dose not move. It is a vector that in every ...

    Solution Summary

    How do the electric field lines depend on the charge - the solution discusses the conventions regarding directionality of the electric field and the force exerted on a charged particle by the field.