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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Force between two finite parallel current carrying wires

Remark: This is not a homework question...It is pure out of theoretical interest. I asked this the mathematics-community a couple days ago and got no answer, so I figured I'd try here. Most standard ...
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The Electric Quadrupole

I've read the following sentence: "Every electric circuit with two pairs of accessible terminals is called a quadrupole." I was wondering why does it happen that the multipole expansion gives us a ...
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Finding magnetic field inside rotating sphere

A sphere with radius $R$ has constant charge density $\rho$ per unit volume. This sphere rotates as a rigid body with an angular velocity of $\omega$ around an axis that goes through the center. What ...
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squared position dependent electric field

Here's an asignment problem that got me puzzled. The thing is that I have to solve a second order non linear differential euqation, the course is an urdergraduate mechanics course. A particle of mass ...
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How is Magnetic force on a current carrying conductor $Blb$

I was reading an answer about torque acting on a rectangular current carrying loop kept in a uniform magnitude field B. Force acting on each sides is $F_1$, $F_2$, $F_3$, $F_4$. It's written here : ...
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Opacity/Transparency of Conductive Meshes to Charged Particles (Electrons/Ions)

When using a conductive (metal) mesh, effectively a metallic woven fabric, in vacuum applications as a "grid" for charged particle optics, how does one calculate (or at least estimate) the opacity or ...
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why is the magnetic field circular

According to relativity, If magnetic field is just an electric field viewed from a different frame of reference, why is the magnetic field around the wire is circular?
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How can a magnet have a greater magnetic field strength than a bigger, heavier and more powerful magnet made of the exact same material?

Here are some informations I found on the magnetic field strength (also called "magnetic flux density" or "magnetic induction", commonly denoted as B and expressed in tesla or in gauss) of an average ...
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Using a circuit to make a magnetic balance to weigh objects

I understand that this is a homework question, but I am learning about magnetic fields and things like that and this certainly wasn't covered in the material, so my question is more about the actual ...
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Why is the inner product between divergence-free current$\vec{J}$, (satisfied $\nabla\cdot\vec{J}=0$) and a gradient field$\nabla \varphi$ zero?

I read a statement saying that the inner product between divergence-free current and a gradient field is zero. Divergence-free surface current is $\nabla\cdot\vec{J}=0$, and $\vec{J}$ could be ...
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magnetic field due to current in a wire using Biot-Savart's law

I am learning about Biot-Savart's law to calculate the magnetic field due to the electric current in a wire. ...
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How can I physically interpret voltage and current?

My understanding of an electrical current is that it is the flow of electrons through a material. The only magnitude I can fathom for this process is the number of electrons which are flowing. I know ...
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Need help understanding $\oint H \cdot dl = I_{f,enc}$. Homework question [on hold]

A cylinder of radius R and magnetization $M = kr^2 \hat{\phi}$. I already found the magnetic field due to bound charges to be, $B = \mu_0 k r^2 \hat{\phi}$ inside the cylinder and $B = 0$ outside ...
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Does photon polarization take place without scattering processes?

Behind two perpendicular crossed polarisation filters (for visible light) the intensity of light will be zero. After installing a third filter between the two others non parallel to each of them some ...
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How much magnetic field will be required to levitate a human? [duplicate]

According to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqKeiiezqzc it should be possible to levitate humans because the water in our bodies is diamagnetic - but it is stated (at 1:14) "although ...
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Back EMF in an electric motor

I was wondering: If someone built a DC electric motor that somehow had no Back-EMF, would it violate energy conservation? Thanks in advance for your answers. Alberto.
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Is it possible to eliminate Van der Waals interactions?

I came to know that the friction force actually depends on the surface contact area due to weak interactions (adhesion due to Van der Waals forces) between the atoms of both materials increasing in ...
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Does a nonzero Poynting vector mean that there is propagation of energy?

I don't know how this "paradox" can be solved. I'm given the following system: A permanent magnet with a magnetic field given by ($\hat{a}$ are unit vectors in the x and y directions) ...
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When (or what is the meaning of) $I \propto E^2$?

For a monochromatic plane wave: $$\mathbf E = \mathbf E _0e^{i(\mathbf k \cdot \mathbf r -\omega t)},\qquad \mathbf H = \dfrac{\mathbf B}{\mu _0}= \mathbf H_0e^{i(\mathbf k \cdot \mathbf r-\omega ...
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Symmetries of a Uniform Magnetic Field

Simple question. A system with a uniform electric field everywhere in space has translational invariance in the directions perpendicular to the electric field but no translational invariance parallel ...
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How to compute speed without knowing mass or charge values?

A gold nucleus is $460$ fm ($1$ $fm = 10^{(-15)} m$) from a proton, which initially is at rest. When the proton is released, it speeds away because of the repulsion that it experiences due to the ...
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How does one manipulate the frequency of alternating current? [on hold]

Suppose standard voltage, current, and frequency AC power is readily available for a project that requires the available standard voltage and current, but also requires an arbitrary number of cycles ...
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Electromagnetic braking hypothetical situation?

Let's say there is a conducting rod in space - with a constant external magnetic field. If you spin the rod - will electromagnetic braking make the rod stop eventually? I feel like there is a change ...
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Faraday's rotating wire experiment- Can it be explained without using Lorentz force?

I read about Faraday's rotating wire experiment which was the invention of the homopolar motor. He was clever enough to think it that way after observing the behavior of magnetic field around a ...
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Can you put a magnetic ball into a hollow magnetic sphere?

if all magnets have to have two poles(one north one south), is it possible to construct a hollow sphere where the inside face of the sphere was one pole, and the outside face another pole? is it also ...
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Magnetic field by a solenoid?

I am really not able to understand why is it that the current,while finding the magnetic field in the solenoid (ideal one), is not $I$ the current flowing throught the solenoid but $nI$, where $n$ is ...
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How can be effect of electric and magnetic fields on the motion of a particle be distinguished?

It's a conceptual question about magnetic field: Suppose a charged particle moves under the influence of an electric and a magnetic field, how do we distinguish the effect of the fields on the motion ...
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Where can I learn about Motors and Generators?

` Where can I learn about the functionality of motors and generators, so I can answer questions such as these? I need a good textbook that starts from the basics (eg faradays) then moves up with ...
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movement of particles in electric field

I am confused about a homework problem. Let's assume we have two electrically charged particles of which we know the charge and mass respectively. Let's say that at first they are fixed at some ...
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Basic question about Magnetism and Right hand rule? [on hold]

In our physics class we had a brief introduction to magnetism - the very basics, but I don't understand the right hand grip rule. Here is the question I'm stuck on: "a negatively charged object ...
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Searl effect generator simulation

This is an scheme of SEG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUUvhuQtba4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAMrTxMzrds This mechanism change the electrons around the conversor. Would be really nice to ...
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Repelling a weak permanent magnet with an electromagnet

I have a question about magnetic repulsion. Suppose I have a permanent magnet (axially magnetized) placed on top of the iron core of an electromagnet. I want to switch on the elctromagnet to repel the ...
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How to build a MOKE (magneto-optic Kerr effect) magnetometer at home?

I'd like to build a magnetometer at home. The type does not matter actually that much but it should be doable at home. The MOKE (magneto-optic Kerr effect) magnetometer at least appears to use ...
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Biot-Savart Law Clarification

I have a question concerning Biot-Savart's law. It pertains to problems where you must find the total magnetic field at some point P, $x$ meters away from a current-carrying wire. I am a bit confused, ...
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Electrical eddy current visualization or simulation

Eddy currents are induced in a metal plate when it experiences a changing magnetic flux. Is there a realistic visualization or simulation of eddy currents available? The only picture I found, on ...
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Galerkin-type weak formulation for electrokinetics

I am currently working on finite element simulations about electrokinetics. My solver (getdp) accepts directly galerkin-type weak formulation of equations. I am thus trying to write my equations in ...
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Does a magnetic field sustain a current in a loop?

A particular current produces a constant particular magnetic field. If the fact holds under scrutiny, why doesn't a magnet held within a loop sustain a particular current? Are the electron spins ...
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What is the area in Faraday's law if we have only a piece of metal moving in a magnetic field?

If a piece of metal of length $l$ is moving with a speed $v$ in a region where there is a uniform magnetic field $B$ perpendicular to it, there will be a potential difference across its terminals ...
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Need help with physics derivation regarding RF accelerating cavities

So, below I am having the worst and hardest time getting from the third to last line (delta1) to the last line after the first order approximation is done! Ive tried everything!!! Anyone can help ...
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Error in radius squared

I am performing an experiment to determine the ratio e/m using a Helmholtz coil. I am using a chi squared minimization routine to find e/m. The data is supposed to fit, $$r^2=kV$$ Where k is ...
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Potential energy from opposing magnets repelling each other with a gap of 1 mm

I have two powerful rare earth magnets, that are separated by a distance of 1 mm. I applied energy to bring them closer to each other, hence increasing the potential energy. Now, when one of the ...
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Why won't my magnet/battery move in the “tunnel” [on hold]

We are recreating this for my sons science fair project. We purchased exactly what was listed. When we use a thicker copper wire (what we could find locally) it moves, but when we use the guage ...
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Why does magnetic flux linkage become negative when a coil is turned through 180degrees?

Taking a rectangular coil, in a constant magnetic field, it is understandable that BANcos(theta) should apply for the magnitude of the flux linkage. However if the coil is turned through 180 degrees ...
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A circuit with a solenoid and no resistors

We have an electric circuit consisting only of a solenoid (its two ends are connected). Let's suppose that the total length of wire used is $l$ and the wire has a cross-section of area $S$ and ...
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Electromagnetic reaction force?

The classical (retarded) Lienard-Wiechert scalar and vector potentials describe the electromagnetic field due to an arbitrarily moving electric point charge. Thus given the motion of electron $A$ one ...
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What happens to the emf generated due to a change in magnetic flux in a coil?

When we move a magnet into a coil of wire (open circuit) and then out of it, we create a emf across the ends of the coil and another emf in the opposite direction. My question is what would happen to ...
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Why must the deviations from equilibrium be small for zero difference in energy in this solenoid?

A long solenoid with a square cross-section is partially immersed in a magnetic, non-conductive liquid of permeability $\mu$. The solenoid's axis is parallel to the liquid's surface. ...
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How to calculate the Hamiltonian from the Lagrangian for a non-relativistic charged point particle in an EM field?

I was given the equation of the Lagrangian: \begin{equation} L~=~\frac{1}{2}m \dot{x}^2+\frac{e}{c}\vec{\dot{x}}\cdot \vec{A}(\vec{x},t)-e\phi (\vec{x},t). \end{equation} I proceeded to use the ...
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Magnetic field in a wire with constant current

I assume I have a wire parellel to the $z$ axis and with radius $R$. A constant current $I$ flows through it in the $z$ direction. I want to know the magnetic field inside the wire at distance ...
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Calculating electrodynamic momentum of a dumbbell (consisting of two point charges) in longitudinal motion

I'm working through a paper on momentum in electrodynamics that requires the integration below and would greatly appreciate any help. I'm pretty sure it evaluates to $2/d$ but I can't quite figure ...