# What happens to the electric field at a test charge when the distance between the source charge and the test charge is doubled?1 min read

Dec 8, 2022 < 1 min ## What happens to the electric field at a test charge when the distance between the source charge and the test charge is doubled?1 min read

The strength of an electric field as created by source charge Q is inversely related to square of the distance from the source. This is known as an inverse square law. Electric field strength is location dependent, and its magnitude decreases as the distance from a location to the source increases.

### What happens to the electric field at a test charge when the distance between the source?

The strength of an electric field as created by source charge Q is inversely related to square of the distance from the source. This is known as an inverse square law. Electric field strength is location dependent, and its magnitude decreases as the distance from a location to the source increases.

### What will happen to the electric field if the distance between the charge and the test charge is doubled?

The strength of the force will be inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the charges. When the distance between the charges is doubled, the total force will be divided by four (quartered).

### What would happen to the electric field if the charge was doubled and the distance of the test charge was increased by 4?

So increasing distance by a factor of 2 (doubling it) will decrease force by a factor of 4. i. Force is inversely proportional to the square of the distance.

### What happens to the electrostatic force on a test charge if the separation distance between the test charge and the source charge is doubled the force will?

In electrostatics, the electrical force between two charged objects is inversely related to the distance of separation between the two objects. Increasing the separation distance between objects decreases the force of attraction or repulsion between the objects. 