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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Amplitude of electric field produced by satellite dish

A telecommunications satellite is in geostationary orbit and it has a 1 m transmitting dish optimised for coverage of Europe. If the output power from this dish is 100 W, very roughly estimate the ...
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Calculating work needed to move a charge between plates of an uncharged capacitor

My first guess was zero work because there's no electric field(I think). E.g. a parallel-plate capacitor $4.9 cm$ on a side, spaced $1.0mm$. The work needed to move $6.8\mu C$ seems to be $1.1J$ And ...
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What does it mean for $\vec E \in C^3$ [on hold]

What is this $C^3$ and why is $\vec E$ an element of C^3?
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Are Q1 and Q2 attracted or repelled to the sphere shown in the figure below?

Can you tell from the image below if Q1 and Q2 are attracted or repelled. Will Q2 only be attracted to the sphere if Q2 is enough bigger than Q1? Will the positive charge inside the shell attract ...
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Finding the magnetic field [on hold]

A mechanical pendulum is made of a metal rod, one end of which is attached to a string. The mass of the rod is $m$ and the string length is $l$. The oscillation period of the thus obtained pendulum ...
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from control torque to magnetic moment

I am designing a system which generates a magnetic field to make itself move in space (a cubesat with magnetorquers). This magnetic field is known as the magnetic control torque, i.e. it will torque ...
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How can electric field accelerate fog dissipation?

I should emphasize that I view the problem as a 'research' rather than a 'textbook' level. However, as I am almost unfamiliar with the subject it may be that the answer is elementary and well-known. ...
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Atomic flux on the surface?

I have a surface which is made up of two triangles of unequal areas. I impinge a single atom on the surface at a certain angle at a certain time interval. As flux is atoms/unit area/unit time. In ...
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Magnetic field size from electric field [on hold]

An electric charge oscillates about the origin along the y axis. A distant observer is located at a point on the +z axis. You observe the wave from a given location and find that at a given ...
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How can I tell apart the composition of my soft ferrites

I have an assorted bunch of soft ferrites. I need to know which ones are MnZn and which ones are NiZn, so I can sort them for usage at different frequencies.
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What are the proposed theoretical explanations for the EmDrive?

The EmDrive is a proposed propulsion mechanism for spacecraft in which some form of microwave device provides the propulsion. The consensus from the physics community, including many voices on this ...
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Potential difference inside charge distributions

Always when I think about potential difference inside a symmetrical charge distribution, I think of it being equal to zero because it's dependent on the field and I imagine the directions of each of ...
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Net force between two Electromagnets considering Back EMF

First this Q might be trivial thus apologies. Consider two bar electromagnets that can simulate bar magnets M1 and M2, placed end to end at distance D apart (North Pole of M1 facing South Pole of ...
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Magnetic field due to long current carrying conductor at a point near its end [duplicate]

How can one show that the magnetic field due to an infinite long current carrying conductor (length a) at a point near its end is given by $$B = \frac{\mu_0I}{4\pi a}$$ using Ampere's Circuital ...
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Why is emf 0 for coil rotating in field?

Say you have a coil (that can carry a current) rotating in the field between two magnets. When the area of the coil is perpendicular to the field lines the emf induced in the coil is 0, why is this?
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What is the electric field inside a hollow sphere?

If you have a conducting hollow sphere with a uniform charge on its surface, then will the electric field at every point inside the shell be 0. The reason the electric field is 0 at the center is ...
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Phase added on reflection at a beam splitter?

If we have light of a particular phase that is indecent on a beam splitter, I assume the transmitted beam undergo's no phase change. But I thought that the reflected beam would undergo a phase change ...
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What subtopics should I read in order to understand practical electromagnetism? [on hold]

I apologize if this question might be not exactly on-topic here. But it seems related enough, and I found no better place to ask. I'm a student that is fairly behind in his course. I have already ...
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Density of polarisation charge is zero always for linear isotropic homogeneous dielectrics?

It seems to me that the volumetric density of polarisation charge in a linear homogeneous isotropic dielectric in an external field is always zero, but I find this rather surprising. Consider such ...
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Flux due to a charge placed just outside the vertex of a cube [duplicate]

There was a solved example in my book on Gauss's Law. The question says that there is a charge q placed at a distance d outside one of the vertices of a cube such that d tends to 0.My objective is to ...
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About the non-physicallity of the scalar derivatives of potentials in Lorenz qauge and longitudinal EM waves [on hold]

First, I'm quoting from a 13 page article: "Within the framework of Classical Electrodynamics (CED) it is common practice to choose freely an arbitrary gauge condition with respect to a gauge ...
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How long does it take a magnet to lose its magnetization? [duplicate]

As we all know, a magnet has some magnetization that lets it attract other ferromagnetic materials but I was wondering how long it takes to lose this magnetization? Is it even possible or not?
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How do I calculate the energy flux for this toroid?

My question is how do i calculate the total energy flux through the walls of the torus in this situation? The Poynting flux is given by $\vec{N} = \frac{1}{\mu} ( \vec{E} \times \vec{B})$ but the ...
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What about the Electric energy density of the toroid?

But what about $U_{E}$, the electric field energy density?
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Current Density Boundary Conditions and its Implications

According to Ohm's Law, one can say $ \overline{J} =\sigma \overline{E} $ if the field is in a conductor, and $ \overline{J} =0 $ if it's in empty space. Now if we take the surface of a conductor and ...
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Why is the Meissner effect not used for levitation in MagLev trains?

The Meissner effect does not seem to be used as primary source of levitation in MagLev trains, instead, electromagnetic and electrodynamic syspension are mainly used. Why is this? Could it be that the ...
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Are the EM waves that result from each of these processes distinguishable? Phase of light upon emission

In case 1, you have a single source of light that you pass through a diagonally oriented linear polarizer and then a half waveplate, such that the horizontal and vertical components become $\pi$ out ...
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Can a magnet lose its strength over time? Especially when repulsive magnets are around? [duplicate]

I was thinking of hanging delicate art glass pieces separated by opposing magnets on walls simply using the power of magnets. I was wondering will the opposite poles have any effect on the strength of ...
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Is it possible to focus an electromagnetic field such as an aura into a stream of pure energy? [on hold]

Is it possible to focus an electromagnetic field such as an aura into a stream of pure energy? http://www.biofieldglobal.org/what-is-human-aura.html
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Is it possible for two polarizable bodies to induce dipoles in each other in the absence of an external electric field?

If there exist two initially neutral bodies (say atoms) some distance apart, with no external electric field applied, can they induce dipoles within each other?
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Does the equation CV = q break down when V is small or a wire is very long?

I'm trying to understand how the equation $CV=q$ relating the voltage difference and charge stored on a charged capacitor breaks down under extreme circumstances. In most problem statements that I'm ...
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Magnetic moment of a paramagnetic crystal

I've been having some trouble with a paramagnetism problem from my Statistical Mechanics class textbook (F. Mandl, Statistical Physics, 2nd edition, p. 25). The problem is as follows Since the ...
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Proof that work is the same whaever the path of approach for two charges

I have a quick question on a figure that outlines a proof. There is a stationary charge $q_1$ and is kept fixed. $q_2$ is moved to the same position along two different paths at a fixed distance ...
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Real life physics problem: Why is my desktop computer affected by my plasma ball?

Note: this is strictly a physics question, not meant to be an advertisement I was running my desktop with a plasma ball on the side. The desktop has a touch screen enabled. I started to notice that ...
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Does a moving charge have additional (magnetic) energy

My understanding so far: A moving charge produces a magnetic field, B, in an analogous way to a current produces one. A magnetic field has an energy density which is proportional to B squared. My ...
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where does the term half in the formula of electrostatic potential energy comes from?(system of point charges)

Electrostatic potential energy stored in a system of point charges (from wikipedia) The electrostatic potential energy $U_E$ stored in a system of N charges q1, q2, ..., qN at positions r1, r2, ...
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Are magnetism and electricity the same thing? [on hold]

I have read at certain place electricity and magnetism are the same thing, bit in reality we see both have different properties.
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What is the origin of the “polarization catastophe”?

According to the Clausius-Mossotti relation, $$ \frac{\epsilon_r - 1}{\epsilon_r + 2}=\frac{n\alpha}{3\epsilon_0} $$ So when $n\alpha = 3\epsilon_0$, the relative permittivity $\epsilon_r$ ...
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What is the acceleration of a charged particle in uniform electric field [on hold]

I would guess its $kC/r^2$, just like the in the context of gravitation, as one arrives at the acceleration due to gravity $g = GM/r^2$; but I am not sure.
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Maxwell Equation in dispersive media Griffiths

I am wondering where is the following equation (9.162) of Griffiths Electrodynamics 4e from? $$ \nabla^2\tilde{E} = \tilde{\epsilon}\mu_0{\partial^2\tilde{E}\over\partial t} \tag{9.162}$$ I know ...
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Series magnetic circuit [closed]

Consider the above setup: I know: $$ R=\frac{l}{\mu A} $$ Where, $R$ is the reluctance, $l$ the length of the wire, $A$ the area and $\mu$ the permeability. $$\Phi_m=\frac{F_m}{R}$$ Where, $\Phi$ ...
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Why does the inductance of a coaxial cable not depend on the number $N$ of coils?

Suppose we have a long coaxial cable like in the following figure: I want to compute the self-inductance $L$ of the cable. As I understand, given a coil with $N$ closely winded turns, through which ...
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Does Lorentz force affect the magnetic field?

When a charged particle moves thru magnetic field, it is affected by Lorentz force. But does the magnetic field surrounding the particle experience a force opposite to the particles Lorentz force ? ...
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Is polarization a meaningful notion for an EM mode in a close cavity?

For a generic close cavity, I suspect that all the modes are non-degenerate? Therefore, in each mode, at each point, the E field has a definite direction, and consequently, it is meaningless to say a ...
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How can equipotential planes differ in potential in an uniform field?

I'm trying to solve an exercise that asks me the field strength of an uniform electric field where equipotential planes differ by $1\ \mathrm{V}$ and are $2.5\ \mathrm{cm}$ apart. First of all, I ...
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How can we calculate the spherical wave vectors L,M,N [closed]

if we have a vector wave function in spherical coordinates ae^ikz. then how can we calculate its spherical wave vectors M,Nand L
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what is the difference between mictomagnetism and spin glass?

What is the difference between mictomagnetism and spin glasses? I mean what are the distinguishing characteristics of them which makes them separate?
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How does the “computer fan with magnets” generator “work”? [duplicate]

This question is in relation to the following YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiAhiu6UqXQ In it, an electrical generator is shown consisting of a CPU fan with thin magnets attached to ...
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Induced current from moving coil through non-uniform magnetic field

A rectangular coil with dimensions $L_x$ and $W_y$ , mass $m$, $n$ turns , and resistance $R$ is moving at an initial velocity of $v_i$ when a non-uniform magnetic field pointing directly up ...