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Illustration Crossing field lines - ambiguous force direction

<span>Crossing field lines - ambiguous force direction</span>
Crossing field lines - ambiguous force direction

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An electron is placed at a point where two electric field lines cross. It is not clear along which field line the force \(F\) acts. The electron would have to decide in which direction to move next. This ambiguity does not allow the field lines to cross in such a way.