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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Does electricity flow on the surface of a wire or in the interior?

I was having a conversation with my father and father-in-law, both of whom are in electric related work, and we came to a point where none of us knew how to proceed. I was under the impression that ...
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Associated Legendre Integer Giving Full Asimuthal Range and Physical Interpretation of $l(l+1)$

In separating the Laplacian in spherical coordinates, one arrives at the associated Legendre equation (ALE). Write the ALE as $$\frac{1}{\sin \theta} \frac{\partial }{\partial \theta}(\sin \theta ...
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DC current in ideal conductor and skin effect?

I know that the skin depth derived for AC current goes as $$\delta \propto \sqrt{\frac{1}{\omega \sigma}}$$ where $\omega$ is the angular frequency of the field and $\sigma$ is the conductivty. Now: ...
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Moving conducting bar in (changing) magnetic field

In my exam today I've been given this problem, yet even with the results at hand I simply can't warp my head around it; Given the picture below, a bar is placed on two conducting rails with a ...
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Realtivistic explanation of forces between two conducting wires

The formula for the force between two infinite conducting wires per unit of length, $F_l = \frac{\mu_0}{2\pi} \frac{I_1 I_2}{r}$, is quite well known. It was used for definition of ampere and was ...
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Inductor's energy

I have some knowledge about LC circuits, like I know Maxwell's equations, the differential equations of circuit oscillator and so on. I am armed with equations to solve physical problems involving ...
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Basic magnet through a copper coil experiment - What if poles were rotated 90 degress

I was wondering what voltage or current, if any, would be produced if the basic magnet through a copper coil experiment had the poles rotated 90 degrees so north and south faced the top/bottom of the ...
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What is the energy distribution of light if it has an infinite length?

What is the energy distribution of light if it has an infinite length? I have read in one of the answers here on phys.SE that light has actually an infinite length. But then what is the energy ...
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What causes the permittivity and permeability of vacuum?

When light travels through a material, it gets "slowed down" (at least its net speed decreases). The atoms in the material "disturb" the light in some way which causes it to make stops on its path. ...
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Why isn't perpetual motion possible, even though we are so technologically advanced?

Why perpetual motion wouldn't be possible if we are so technological advanced? It is just a thing that I was wondering for too long. I mean, we are able to create so powerful permanent magnets, like ...
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Horizontal magnetic attraction?

I came across and interesting effect today, I have a dozen of Neodymium magnets around my house. And, they are very strong. Anyhow, one of them got attracted to my large steel plate table(use for ...
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Energy-Momentum Tensor under Lorentz Transformation

In relativity, the symmetric energy-momentum tensor is given by $$ T^{ij}, $$ where $T^{00}$ is the energy density and $\frac{1}{c}T^{10}$ is the momentum density. Thus: $$ \left(\frac{1}{c}T^{00}dV, ...
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Photomagnetic effect

I just saw an article on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photomagnetic_effect "This article appears to contain unverifiable speculation and unjustified claims. Information must be verifiable ...
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Amperes Law problems for Homework [on hold]

Having trouble with homework for an Electromag class. Not sure what the "circulation" is talking about. I know that with the right hand rule, a magnetic field will go in and come back out of loops. ...
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Does a current-carrying wire running through the centre of a solenoid experience force?

Imagine looking at a solenoid from above. Current passing is through it in a clockwise direction. The direction of the field lines therefore is towards the bottom of the solenoid. Now pass a straight ...
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Electric field from conductive to dielectric media

I am interested in the main difference between transitions from electric fields from Conductive to Conductive/ Dielectric to Dielectric and Dielectric/Conductive media. What are the boundary ...
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Transverse part of a current

I am reading Many particle physics (3rd edition by Mahan). On page 51, there is a current of the form $$\vec{j}(\vec{r})=\vec{J}_0e^{i\vec{k}\cdot\vec{r}}$$, the transverse part of it is: ...
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How is “Band Intensity” related to absorption coefficient

I am interested in the linear absorption of 762nm light near a transition of molecular oxygen. I need to find some experimental numbers that will tell us how far the 762nm light will propagate before ...
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Does two Neodymium magnets stick together twice the power?

Assume I use a coil to create B-flux and put ONE Neodymium cylinder magnet (1"diameter & 0.25" thick) close to the flux, it would create 10 lbs force. Does it mean that I put TWO cylinder magnets ...
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Are metals more heavy due to the Earth's magnetic field?

Non-metal objects are attracted to the Earth due to gravity. So the weight of non-metal objects can be only dependent on their mass. On the other hand metals can be attracted to the Earth's magnetic ...
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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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what happens from the point when we apply potential difference across an inductor?

I am in a serious doubt about it Consider a battery of emf E and we connect it to an inductor. Initially the switch is open , now we close the switch ..... My question is What mechanism happens just ...
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How to calculate force generated from a magnet coil to a magnet?

I go to a website http://easycalculation.com/engineering/electrical/solenoid-force.php They have the calculator for the force between a solenoid coil and another piece of ferromagnetic material. What ...
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Flux, intensity, etc in ferromagnetic core by integral

Cheng, Field and Wave Electromagnetics (newest ed.), ex 6-10, page 252 Some of the examples in this book are kind of sloppily described. Having trouble with this one. We have a toroidal core with ...
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Understanding Poynting's Theorem intuitively

I understand that, broadly speaking, Poynting's theorem is a statement of conservation of energy. Energy density of a volume of current and charge decreases proportionally to work done on charges ...
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Can electromagnetic fields be used to shield electromagnetic radiation?

Can electromagnetic fields be used as shielding for electromagnetic radiation?
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The electric field of a conductive sphere containing a charge - grounded vs not grounded

Let's suppose we have a sphere but unlike theoretical ones it'll have some thickness say $\Delta r$ and inner radius $R$. What I was wondering about is how will it behave if we place some charge $q$ ...
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“+” and “-” sign in Maxwell Stress tensor

I have trouble in determining the "+" and "-" sign of momentum per unit time, per unit area of the following question. Why in the second part, $d\vec{a}$ is pointing in the $ -\vec{z} $ direction? I ...
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How can Superconductivity materials levitate permanent magnet?

I have thought that by eddy current. But how eddy current in superconductivity materials can be generated by using permanent magnet?
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Calculate energy from vacuum electromagnetic-field action

I'm reading Rubakov's "Classical Theory of Gauge Fields", and I'm having a little bit of trouble with problem 7, p 15: Using an expression of the type $E = \int d^{3} x \frac{\delta L}{\delta ...
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Electromagnetic induction problems [on hold]

1 What will happen to the illumination of the lamp (increase/decrease/remains constant) when decreasing the resistance R. 2 In the given figure a long wire is carrying a current of 5A, what is the ...
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Electrons Orbiting Sphere Magnet in Crooke's Tube

Were I to assemble a Crooke's Tube and insert a spherical magnet, with the poles of the magnet perpendicular to the electron stream, would the electrons begin to orbit the poles of the magnet as in ...
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How does one determine whether an object will make an EM wave refract in a qualitative way?

for example, i have a vague notion that the actual answer is that the permittivity and permisivity are different in each different material, so all waves refract at every boundary, but we only call it ...
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Conservation of energy in electromagnetism?

How is energy conserved in electromagnetism? Is it hinted only from Lenz's law or from Maxwell? Also, if a solenoid's flow of current produces a magnetic field, and from the magnetic field forces are ...
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Determining the path of a particle in a velocity selector

I am wondering how you can determine the path of a particle in a velocity selector provided its velocity doesn't equal $ \frac{E}{B} $. I understand that the equation is derived from this force ...
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Temperature and resistance?

Why does resistivity increase with temperature? The explanations I have heard so far are that increasing temperature increases vibrations in the lattice structure resulting in the number of ...
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Is there work done when two current carrying wires are attracted?

When a current carrying wire attracts(or repels) another wire, the wire moves under the action of a force. Also, it is obvious that the work done is due to force of "magnetic field" on "moving ...
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How can I apply Conservation of Energy in electromagnetism?

How can I apply C.O.E to a system that applies magnetic & electric fields at the same time to do work, and convert energy from one form to another? Let assume we have a conductor that moves ...
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Is polarization of a wave just a description of its motion in three dimensions?

Since a polarization of the wave is described by complex numbers, we can try to give that mathematical formalism geometrical meaning. With having two different axes, one imaginary and other real, it ...
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Faraday's law and “infinite induction”

I may have confused after thinking too much about Faraday's law. If an emf is induced in a circuit due to some changing magnetic field, the induced current will be in a direction such that the ...
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Lenz's law and bar magnet falling from some height above

I am reviewing my electromagnetism studies and I became confused with where energy of induced emf due to Faraday/Lenz' law come from. Suppose that there is a curved track that starts with some height ...
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Explaining Lenz's Law without conservation of energy

I was often told by my professor, using the following example, to demonstrate the relationship of conservation of energy and Lenz's Law. If you push a conductor into a constant magnetic field. By ...
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What is the conclusion from Aharonov-Bohm Effect?

What is the conclusion that we can draw from the Aharonov-Bohm effect? Does it simply suggest that the vector potential has measurable effects? Does it mean that it is a real observable in quantum ...
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Gauss Law - Variable Electric Field Perpendicular to Sheet [closed]

So imagine a square sheet parallel to the x-y plane that has a perpendicular electric field (in the z direction) flowing through it such that $$E=\gamma x$$ where $\gamma$ is a constant value (lets ...
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How to find out the electric field intensity between the plates of this Capacitor? [closed]

I am preparing for my final and it seems that i cannot get the answer to this question, any tip will be really helpful thanks. Prove that the electric field intensity between the plates of Capacitor ...
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How do moving charges produce magnetic fields?

I'm tutoring high school students. I've always taught them that: A charged particle moving without acceleration produces an electric as well as a magnetic field. It produces an electric field ...
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How Special Relativity causes magnetism

So my physics teacher assigned us an article about how special relativity causes magnetism in a wire with a current, even with the low drift velocities of electrons in a current. It seemed that the ...
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The Energy involved in the work done here?

When a wire that has current $I$ flowing within it and its in a magnetic field, the wire experience the Lorentz force, and that force moved the wire over a certain distance $x$(no matter how small), ...
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Surely force on shell can't be balanced by field momentum?

Imagine a particle with charge $q$ at rest at the origin. It is surrounded by a concentric spherical insulating shell, also at rest, with charge $Q$ and radius $R$. At time $t=0$ I apply a constant ...
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Walter Lewin's lecture on Faraday's law

In Walter Lewin's lecture on Faraday's law, he does a demonstration with a solenoid where he shows that current is induced in a loop that surrounds the solenoid as the magnetic flux is changing. He ...