The classical theory of electric and magnetic fields, both in the static and dynamic case. Also covers general questions about magnets, electric attraction/repulsion etc. Distinct from electrical-engineering.

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How can space strech a wave?

Because of the expanding of the universe a wave from a far galaxy or star can be streched to more red. But how is space doing that? There must be a kind of 'entanglement' between the wave and space. ...
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Is the magnetic dipole moment in charged particles the more survivable property than the electric charge?

After asking about Which of the properties of particles are intrinsic properties and why? it was commented "Charge, spin, lepton number, baryon number definitely. Mass maybe." and "is magnetic dipole ...
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Need some help in finding Poynting vector

I am asked to Calculate the Poynting vector of the transmitted wave but I am not sure how. I am able to show the electric field of the transmitted wave as shown above in the picture.
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Zero or non zero electrical potential energy of the system

Say you have this scenario: and you wanted to find the electric potential energy of the +q charge Now if you were to find the potential energy of +Q and +q system and add that to the potential ...
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Why oscillating charges produce magnetic field? [duplicate]

Electron is a charged particle. As far as I know, an electron has an electric field when it is at rest. But when it starts "moving", it creates a magnetic field. How does that happen? How does the ...
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Why can only moving metals (aluminium) reflects a magnetic field of a magnet?

A maglev train is riding because the magnets in the train are reflecting their magnetic field on the aluminium rail, so it is lifted up. Also when you rotate a aluminium plate and you hold a magnet ...
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calculation od stacked plate capacitor capacitance

how we calculate the capacitance of a stacked plate capacitor ? is it the summation of the capacitance of each capacitor $Ci$ ?
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Electric Field From a point P

A rod of length $L$ and total charge $Q$ creates an electric field at a point $P$, $x$ units away. We need the electric field at this point. I am working on a physics problem for homework and the set ...
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Conformal transformation for a vertical strip at constant potential

Say I've got a vertical strip in the $xz$-plane running from $x=0$ to $x=a$ held at a constant potential $V_0.$ The whole of the $yz$-plane is fixed at zero potential. Now I want to find the potential ...
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Open Source Particle Tracing Software

I am fairly new to this forum. I am designing an ionospheric plasma testing environment in a thermal vacuum chamber and to do so I require some form of multi-physics package for simulations .. such as ...
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How does magnetism work? (Not asking what magnetism does)

To clarify, if I asked "how does electricity work" I would want "electrons flow from a negatively charged area to a positively charged area", not "it powers electronics like phones" as an answer. The ...
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Relating Poyntings theorem to Lenz and Faraday's law?

In system's similar to a motor, where the armature begins to accelerate simultaneously there is induced $-\epsilon$ to reduce the applied current(hence the applied power $P(t)$ is also reduced), or ...
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Need help to prove the following equation

I am able to show the equation at (2) but I am not sure how to show the equation at (3). Any help is greatly appreciated
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What causes that the outer electrons of iron have the same spin and creates a dipool?

Iron has the capability of magnetism. The cause of that is that the spins of electrons in the outer shell are the same so they pushes each other away because of Pauli exclusion principle so they are ...
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Can the permittivity tensor always be diagonalized?

For an anisotropic medium, permittivity is a symmetric tensor, with elements as $\epsilon_{ij}$ How can one be sure that it is diagonalizable, if some elements, say $\epsilon_{xy}$ and ...
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Finding the value of E at a point in a 3D field with 2 separate point charges [on hold]

Having some trouble with this question: A charge 30 nC is situated at the point (x, y, z) = (0, 2, 0) and a charge of –30 nC at the point (0, -2, 0) m. Find E at the points: (a) A = (4, 2, 4) m
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Kinetic to Electric Energy

Not the best with understanding the formulas involved with the calculations but here is the gist: I want to use Faradays law to convert the kinetic energy from actions such as shaking to produce ...
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Reducing a vector calculus relation [on hold]

Someone can help me? I want to reduce this. $$ (\nabla \times \mathbf{B}) \times \mathbf{B} + (\nabla \times \mathbf{B}) $$ Thanks
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Free energy in magnetic materials [on hold]

The phenomenological description of magnetoelectrics and multiferroics is based on the series expansion of the free energy is powers of the magnetic and electric fields. WHY IS IT EXPRESSED IN TERMS ...
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In what circumstances, can exchange interaction acquire temperature dependence?

Heisenberg exchange interaction (sometimes called as magnetic stiffness?), originating from the Coulomb interaction and the Fermion statistics, is widely used in theories of magnetism. Conventionally, ...
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How can a moving point charge “update” its fields without emitting an e-m wave?

If an observer brutally moves a point charge from position A to position B, the electric field produced by the point charge at a given point P changes. Furthermore, a delay is observed before this ...
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how would an iron encapsulated electromagnet work?

I have been searching for this for a while now, but, a normal electromagnet works with(example) an iron cylinder and a copper coil around it, but would it work the same if you were to encapsulate it ...
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How does parallel plate lose energy when deflecting charged particles

Say you have a parallel plate setup, each plate is charged with ±Q of charge, and is then disconnected from the power source and is insulated from the environment. There is no way the plates can be ...
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Equation relating voltage and minimum rpm needed for generating 1V using a magnet around copper wire

I was wondering if there is any equation or law or something that relates the minimum rpm needed when a magnet spins around a copper wire to generate 1 volt? In other words, how fast does the magnet ...
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Electromagnetism(CLOCK RULE)

Can anybody explain why the clock rule has been designed the way it is? I mean , why is it that the polarity is North pole, if current flows in the anticlockwise sense as viewed from above and ...
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Proof of Ampère's law from the Biot-Savart law for tridimensional current distributions

Let us assume the validity of the Biot-Savart law for a tridimensional distribution of current:$$\mathbf{B}(\mathbf{x})=\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}\int_V ...
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What does it mean to be unique in terms of vector potentials?

I was in an electromagnetism lecture, where we were looking at the magnetostatic Maxwell’s equations: $$\begin{align} \nabla\cdot\mathbf{B} &= 0 \\ \nabla\times\mathbf{B} &= \mu_0\mathbf{J} ...
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Ohm's law experiment

I was going through my physics laboratory manual. In the Ohm's Law Experiment, the book states a few precautions without any reasoning. 1.The wire whose resistance has to be determined should ...
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Helical motion of charged particle in external magnetic field

When an electron moves in uniform external magnetic field, with velocity not perpendicular, I understand that the magnitude of force is only due to the perpendicular component of velocity and is ...
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How does a point charge interact with a Gaussian surface?

A spherical Gaussian surface encloses a point charge $q$. The point charge is moved to to a point away from the center of the sphere. Does the electric field at a point on the surface change? ...
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Magnetic field of a current carrying wire reduce/increase exterior magnetic field?

If we place a wire within a uniform exterior magnetic field ($B_x$) that's perpendicular to it's length, and allowed current to flow withing the that conductive medium, there is another magnetic field ...
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Why is the electric potential of a point from a point charge of +Q positive?

According to the formula, $$V = - \int \vec E \cdot d\vec r.$$ The electric potential of a point charge is $\frac{KQ}R$? However, when I perform the integration, my answer is $-\frac{KQ}R$. Since ...
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Energy of electromagnetic wave

Its given here that energy density of an electromagnetic wave is $$\vec S=\frac{1}{\mu}(\vec E\times\vec B)$$ How is the above expression derived? And when did energy become a vector? I though work ...
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Light is/produces a electromagnetic wave, but is the opposite also true?

A similar question has been asked, and to some extent the answer is: you need an antenna with $L \approx 200nm$. But it's not entirely clear to me if this is completely hypothetical, as "Marek" also ...
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Which of the properties of particles are intrinsic properties and why? [on hold]

For macroscopic objects it's clear that - once observed - the observed property does exist for a while, even if we are no longer observing it. That has to do with the complexity and stability of such ...
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What is the electric field exactly on the surface of a conducting sphere?

Within the sphere, the electric field is 0, but is the electric field still 0 exactly on the surface?
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Why does energy flow between a high voltage transmission line and linemen approaching it on a helicopter?

The video High power line workers shows linemen servicing a live high voltage transmission line. As the helicopter approaches the line, the lineman reaches out with a metallic wand that is ...
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Dielectric Constant and Frequency [on hold]

How dielectric constant of a parallel plate capacitor varies by varying frequency in physical terms?
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Why does magnetic field and not electric field invert in a reflection? (related to another question)

When you are talking about an elctromagnetic wave that reflects on a surface (for example here), why do you say that the reflected magnetic field inverts and not the electric field? \begin{align} E_+ ...
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What is “wrong” with this microwave?

Metal objects in microwave ovens are known to be somewhat dangerous. However, my microwave has the following label stuck inside: It seems to imply that this particular oven forbids heating drinks ...
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Relationship between the g-factor and the gyromagnetic ratio?

From what I have read the g-factor and the gyromagnetic ratio are two different quantities. It appears to me that the gyromagnetic ratio is the ratio between (any) angular momentum and the magnetic ...
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Electric field produced by polarized medium at the surface of a conductor

Suppose we have some conducting sphere of radius $R$ and charge $Q$ submerged half way into a medium with permittivity $\epsilon_1$. I have deduced that the electric field produced by the sphere will ...
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relation between permittivity and IMPEDANCE? [closed]

DETERMINATION OF Permittivity FROM IMPEDANCE MEASUREMENT USING AGilent ANALYZER
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What could be the cause of a phase shift between the torque and the angular speed in DC generator?

Introducing some variations in the form of sinusoids in the electromagnetic flux of a DC generator connected to a hydraulic turbine runner I obtained some strange results for the phase shift between ...
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Why is a stellarator-type nuclear fusion reactor so oddly-shaped?

My first impression: It's a mess. Why is it shaped like that? I can't find any info about its shape other than it's a special arrangement of magnetic coils. (link) Here's some more images of it on ...
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Ferromagnets - Permanent?

When researching about the Curie-Temperature and magnets in general, something got me confused. What is the difference between a ferromagnet and a permanent magnet? In a ferromagnet the spins are ...
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Two concentric conducting shells connected by wire with modified Coulomb law?

This question is related to this one, but is a bit different. Consider two concentric and conducting spherical shells connected by a wire. Inner shell has radius $b$ and (unknown) charge $q_b$ while ...
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Do physical entities with one dimension equal to 0 exist?

Within mathematics, a lot of entities with one or more size equal to zero exist and are fluently manipulated. For example, within $\mathbb R^4$, the entity defined as $z=0, t=2$ is a plan, the one ...
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What does this coordinate transformation in the Wave equation mean?

My tutor derived the following of which I do not understand the transformations (2.1) and (2.2): $$\Delta\vec{E} - \frac{1}{c^{2}} \frac{\partial^{2}\vec{E}}{\partial t^{2}} = \frac{4\pi}{c^{2}} ...