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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What would it take to cause lightning to jump between the Moon and the Earth?

This question comes from @Floris' speculation at the end of his excellent answer about what it would take to kill everyone on the Earth with electricity. Doing all this in 1/10th of a second ...
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Magnetic Susceptibility

maybe very silly question :( In Magnetism: \begin{equation} \ B=H+4\pi M (SI) \end{equation} \begin{equation} \ B=\mu(H+M) (CGS) \end{equation} in these formulas M is Volume Magnetisation ...
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Generating Hysteresis curve online

For my final year project I have to design a code in which numbers from -10 to +10 are incremented in steps of 0.5. Using a code or model, I have to get a number. The graph between the two numbers ...
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Non-complex proof that the electric and magnetic fields are perpendicular in a plane wave

I'm looking for a proof that the electric and magnetic fields in a plane wave are perpendicular that doesn't invoke complex E and B fields. I haven't been able to find one. If the proof requires ...
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Magnetic force between two point charges

I tried to derive the magnetic force between two point-charges for iterative computation. Starting out with Lorentz force and Biot–Savart law for a point charge. $$ \vec F = q_2( - \Delta \vec{v} ...
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Why should Conservative forces have their curl equal to zero?(intuition)

There are several conditions that must be met in order for a force to be conservative. One of them is that the curl of that force must be equal to zero? What is the physical intuition behind this? If ...
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Question from Griffith's E&M chapter 7 [on hold]

Estimate the induction current in the copper tube assuming the magnetic field of the permanent magnet to be 1.2 tesla, the weight of the permanent magnet to be 20 grams, the diameter of the copper ...
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What is the direction of the magnetic vector potential in an electromagnetic plane wave?

The vector potential $A$ is perpendicular to $B = \nabla \times A$, by definition, and hence, in a plane wave, it is either in the direction of $E$ or the direction of propagation. I suspect it is in ...
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Why is there a voltage drop across a superconducting inductor?

If there is no electric field inside a perfect conductor, then why is there a potential difference across an (superconducting) inductor?
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Momentum of stationary electron in a curl free vector potential

The essence of this question is simplicity itself: There is an electron in a curl-free $\vec{A}$ field. The electron is stationary so its m$\vec{v}$ momentum is 0. However, it has "momentum" from ...
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Magnetic flux of a loop due to another loop

The scenario is the following, I am given 2 loops with the same radius, r, a distance of d, and same current of I. In the left loop the current goes counter clockwise, in the right loop the current is ...
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Perpendicular Current Carrying Wires Forces?

Hi guys, I'm having trouble understanding the effect of sides BA and CD on the straight wire. With an amperian loop around the straight wire, the magnetic field on BA and CD is into the page, and ...
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Electric Field At Centre Of Non Uniform Ring

In the above solved example why only the cos components have been taken for calculation of electric field at centre ? Why not the sine components ? BTW in case you say that the sine components ...
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Are there any research experiments concerning bending light around stars compared to bending light around large planets?

Concerning gravitational lensing: Are there any research experiments concerning bending light around stars compared to bending light around large planets? I want to compare, extraterrestrial, massive ...
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Magnetic field of cylinder equal to two current loops?

I was reading a text about the magnetic field of a uniformly magnetized cylinder when I came across this. The author states that since \begin{equation} A_{\phi}(\rho,z) = \frac{\mu_0 a M}{4\pi} ...
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Electromagnetic boundary conditions for modelling symmetrical geometry

I stumbled upon this article: http://www.comsol.com/blogs/exploiting-symmetry-simplify-magnetic-field-modeling/ Since the article does not contain any mathematical formulations, I was wondering how ...
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Frequency of rotating coil

Given a coil initially in the x-y plane, rotating at angular frequency $ \omega $ about the x-axis in a magnetic field in the z-direction. This uniform time varying magnetic field is given by $B_z ...
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What is the difference in the behaviour of the commutator in a motor between DC and AC?

Is it correct to say that in DC, the split ring commutator produces direct current flow and therefore stronger voltage, as opposed to AC which produces alternating current and therefore weaker ...
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Relationship between plasmon resonance frequency and radius for small nanoparticles

Is there any literature that gives a functional relationship between plasmon resonance frequency and radius for small spherical nanoparticles (on the order of 10nm or less). I can't seem to pin down ...
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What happens if a wind mill rotates in opposite direction?

Suppose if a windmill is made torotate in clockwise direction and due to air flow if it rotates in anti clockwise direction then does it produce electricity?
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Is the electron's magnetic dipole moment influenced by the measurement method?

The electric charge of an electron at rest is a constant value and is not influenced by the measurement instrument. The measurement instrument by itself can give more or less accurate result, but does ...
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Is it possible to make an electromagnetic shield?

Is it possible to make an electromagnetic shield to protect something (or ourselves) against things like bullets, human attacks, metals thrown on us or simple dust particles to protect a spaceship ...
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I want to know why light even moves at all.

Never mind in a vacuum, why and how does light even move at all? What propels it?
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Electric field in a hollow object

I am currently visiting a course about electrodynamics. In my last lecture it was said that if a hollow sphere is inside of a bigger sphere, but only in the bigger sphere there are charges, the ...
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Derivation of Faraday's law using Lorentz force?

For a stationary loop of wire with a time varying magnetic field $\vec{B}(t)$ through it. Is it possible to derive Faraday's law, using only the Lorentz force $$\vec{F}=q \vec v\times \vec B \tag ...
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problem on electromagnetic induction and newtonian physics

Please imagine a solenoidal toroid (i.e. a donut shaped inductor) powered by an AC voltage source. It creates a changing magnetic field which is confined to the interior of the toroid (i.e. within the ...
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Currents induced by rotation of a coil about magnetic field lines

If the coil on the left is rotated about the magnetic field lines, will there be an induced current? I know that the flux concerns only the component of the magnetic field perpendicular to the ...
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Why does a magnetic field raise the ground state energy of an electrical particle?

I heard a statement that the ground state energy of a electrical particle in a magnetic field is larger than its ground state energy without the magnetic field. I just heard this statement. This ...
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Right hand rule confusion

I have a question that I am trying to figure out: Two long parallel wires placed side-by-side on a horizontal table carry identical size currents in opposite directions. The wire on your right ...
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How to calculate flux density in a toroidal CT that has an electrical line pass through the center?

I have seen the Biot–Savart equation, but I don't know how to apply it. Does the conductor length need to be considered finite and equal to the core length, or will the calculation be for a conductor ...
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Moving electric charges

I just wanted to double-check these three statements, as I'm not entirely sure I understood them completely: 1) A stationary electric charge (let's say a proton) produces electric field. 2) A moving ...
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Uniformity in a solenoid

I know the magnetic field strength increases as the number of turns in the solenoid increases. However, I've learnt the field inside the solenoid is usually nearly uniform. So, does the number of ...
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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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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 [on hold]

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) ...