- = A magnetic field is made up of several magnetic field lines. with each line being a closed loop in space like a rubber band. It originates in the interior of a quantity of matter due to the matters ability to create domains of concentrated magnetic alignment of the domains magnetic properties and results in an extension of the magnetic field of the domain into space where it interacts with the spacial fields of nearby materials in accordance with directional polarity and other field rules. One of the rules of magnetic force lines is that it wants to be as short at possible (like a stretched rubber band and thus will physically pull together magnetic materials. Another property of the magnetic field is that it will interact upon contact with the electron of an atom to cause it to move in a certain direction, and if the atom is in electrically conductive (easily moved electron) material it will cause an electric current or flow of electrons through the conductor. It has also been observed that the flow of current in a conductor also creates a magnetic field loop around the conductor. The rules of behavior of the magnetic field and the physical force and energy conversion properties of the magnetic field was developed by James Clerk Maxwell. and others during the 19th century. And the relationship of these properties to the properties of the atoms and its subcomponents is still under development. WFPMWFPM (talk) 03:23, 26 October 2008 (UTC)
"A physical field is a spatial distribution of a scalar or vector quantity"... a what?
The best way to explain it is to get some magnets, preferably the new Neodymium 3/8x3/8 inch cylindrical and see how they pull themselves together and line up. And you can even show the earth's magnetic field by hanging about 8 of them on a thread. And there's a protocol of accumulation such that 3 side by side magnets wont fit together (same as gears) but that two magnets will side bond to a third magnet with the third magnet crossing the endtoend junction of the two magnets, as if is helping to hold together and align the two endtoend magnets. And the fact that the magnets exert force to come together is very informative, and implies inherent physical attractive forces within matter. WFPMWFPM (talk) 00:01, 28 October 2008 (UTC)