# What is Electric Flux?

“Total number of field lines passing through a certain element of area is called flux”.

It may also be defined as “The scalar product of electric field intensity **E **and vector area **A**“.It is denoted by Greek letter Φ.

Φ=**E.A**

Φ=EAcosθ

Where θ is the angle between **E** and **A**.Electric flux is a scalar quantity.Its SI unit Nm²/c.Below figure showing electric flux through a surface normal to **E**.

When we place an element of an area in an electric field ,some of the lines of force pass through it.In order to give a quantitative meaning to flux ,the field lines are drawn such that the number of field lines passing through a unit area held perpendicular to field lines at a point represent the intensity **E **of** **the field at that point.Suppose at a given point the value of E is 4N/C .This means that if 1m² area is held perpendicular to the field lines at this point,4 field lines will pass through it.

## Maximum Flux:

Consider a certain area** A **is held perpendicular to the field lines E but direction of A is parallel to **E** as shown in figure below.

In this case ,angle between** E** and** A **is O°

Φ=EAcosθ

Φ=EAcos0°

Φ=EA.1

Φ=EA

## Minimum Flux:

If area is held parallel to the field lines **E** ,shown in figure below

In this case angle between **E **and A is 90°.

Thus Φ=EAcosθ

Φ=EAcos90°

We know cos90°=0

Φ=0

Now we consider the case in which A is neither perpendicular nor parallel to field lines but is inclined at angle θ with the lines as shown in figure

In this case we have to find the projection of the area A which is perpendicular to the field lines.The area of this projection is

Acosθ.The flux Φ in this case is

Φ=EAcosθ=**EA**

Where θ is the angle between the field lines and normal to the area.

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