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 and vector area  A“.

Electric flux formula:

It is denoted by Greek letter Φ.



Where θ is the angle between E and A.Electric flux is a scalar quantity.

What is the unit of electric flux?

Its SI unit Nm²/c.Below figure showing electric flux through a surface normal to E.ELECTRIC FLUX


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 areais held perpendicular to the field lines E but direction of A is parallel to E  as shown in figure below.MAXIMUM ELECTRIC FLUX

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





Minimum Flux:

If area is held parallel to the field lines E ,shown in figure belowMINIMUM FLUS


In this case  angle between and A is 90°.

Thus                                                             Φ=EAcosθ


We know cos90°=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 figureRLRCTRIC FLUX THROUGH AN INCLINED SURFACE


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


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

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