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 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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Why are there only 2 types of charges? [duplicate]

Why is there only 2 possible types of charges positive and negative? Can there be more, the same way there might be more than 3 spatial dimensions?
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Apparent Contradiction with Faraday's Law

Say we have a non-uniform magnetic field that is static in time. Specifically, let's make it: $\overrightarrow{B}(x,y,z) = x \hat{z} $ Now say we have a metal loop in the xy plane which has a ...
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Electric field of Symmetric Parts [closed]

So I'm preparing for a test and one thing that I haven't seen examples of, but know is possible is using Gauss's Law on objects that have symmetric parts. I made up the following question: Find ...
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Photons, electomagnetism

I read that photons are carriers of the electromagnetic force (one of the four fundamental forces). So, I would like to know what a photon has to do with, for example, working of a motor or ...
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Dielectric boundary

I am trying to determine why electric field may be confined to a certain region if there is a large difference in the permitivity for example if electric field flows through water and then reaches a ...
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Why is Curl of Current Density $\nabla \times \vec{J}$ equal zero?

I am revisiting the derivation for $\nabla \cdot \vec{B} = 0$ in magnetostatics for the field $\vec{B}(\vec{r})$ of a charge $q$ at position $\vec{0}$ with velocity $\vec{v}$. It proceeds like ...
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Electromagnetism in Different Inertial Reference Frames?

Sharon drives her rocket through the magnetic field (shown in the image), travelling to the right at a speed of 1000m/s as measured by Bill. As she passes Bill, she shoots a positive charge backward ...
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Is it possible to see light intensity fluctuate?

Solutions to Maxwell's equations shows that the $\vec{E}$ and $\vec{H}$ component are of the same phase, which means they go to maximum and zero together, therefore the intensity of the ...
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This electromagnetic wave diagram doesn't make sense to me

I am attempting to learn about electromagnetic waves. From my understanding, when two particles are a distance away from eachother, and one vibrates up and down, the stationary particle will ...
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Is it safe to use any wireless device during a lightning storm?

I need "educated" reasons whether it is safe to use any wireless device during a lightning storm. Most people said don't use it but they cannot explain why.
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Force from solenoid

I'd like to approximate the force from a solenoid, or at the very least find a formula which is proportional to the force so that I can experimentally find the constant for my particular case. ...
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Why do we always consider the area of inner solenoid while calculating the mutual inductance of two coaxial solenoids?

While we know that flux linked to an area is the dot product of the area vector of the loop(and not the actual area encountering the field lines) and the magnetic field linked to it, why then do we ...
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How are contact forces electromagnetic forces? [closed]

How are contact forces electromagnetic? What are they: Coulombic forces between polarized molecules in contact? Or they are the magnetic forces due to the motion of subatomic particles? I also ...
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Can we build an ideal hexadecapole? [duplicate]

I'm just curious about whether it is possible to build an ideal hexadecapole (16-pole) from point charges in 3D. My intuition tells me no, because the point charge of a (electric) monopole "bound" a ...
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Inductance of a solenoid?

My textbook is using Faraday's law to explain the self inductance that happens in a solenoid with changing current. According to Wikipedia, Faraday's Law is: The induced electromotive force in ...
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How does grounding work in details

How does grounding work exactly? Let's assume there is a wire with bad insulation and some conductor that is attached to this wire (from one end) and unattached on the other end. Current will not ...
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What is the purpose of the factor $N/L$ in the magnetic field of a solenoid?

I am supposed to find the expression of the magnetic field on the axis of a solenoid of radius $a$, length $L$, and with $N$ the number of turns. So in order to find $dB$ (to integrate over dx), I ...
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Induced emf of a wire in a time varying magnetic field

I have recently studied that there are two types of induced emf: motional and static. However, I was told that the that induced static emf due to a non conducting wire/rod in a time varying magnetic ...
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Change in line density of electrons

We're proving that electricity and magnetism are essentially two manifestations of the same underlying phenomenon by using the toy example of a positive charge moving parallel to an infinitely long ...
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Does inducing charge on a grounded conductor do work?

Imagine a grounded conductor as an plane of infinite area. If I bring a charge to a close proximity to the plane, it induces some charge distribution on the conductor. The question is: is any work ...
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Question on electromagnetic wave propagation [closed]

how to do part d of this question? i have done part 1 to three but part d is bit confusing.
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Dispersion relation for TE and TM waves in general anisotropic medium

I want to calculate the dispersion relation (the relation between $\bf k$ and permittivity and permeability tensors and $\omega$) for a TE and a TM wave with wave vector $\mathbf k=k_x\mathbf {\hat ...
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Conservation of energy in transformers

How does energy remain conserved in a transformer if emf is increasing, or decreasing? Does the current decreases to accomodate? Does Ohm's law still hold here? Although we know, Ohm's law is not ...
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Earnshaw Theorem for ionic solids

Is a single molecule of sodium chloride (say) or a cluster of molecules of NaCl unstable, although macroscopically NaCl is in fact, stable? How can I reason this based on Earnshaw's theorem?
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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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Using Cosine Law to Find Net Electric Force on Charge Always Results in Positive Number?

In order to determine the net force other charges have on a particular charge, you must take into account each individual electric force between the charge and the charge of interest. However some of ...
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Hamiltonian for Electron in Magnetic Field with Symmetric Gauge in Polar Coordinates

I am new on the board and have a question about how to write the Hamiltonian for an electron in a magnetic field rotating at a fixed radius. I would like to write the hamiltonian using the symmetric ...
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How does a magnetic field cause objects to move?

Let me start off by saying that I never got a degree in any field but I do read and study physics (both classical and quantum); although I personally can't solve quantum physics equations I do have a ...
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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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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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The motion of the magnetic bob

I have two simplified mathematical models which should describe the motion of a magnetic bob, but there is a minimal deviation. model A (RED): use of conservative force: $V= V_M + V_G = ...
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Is it possible to prove conventional current is always equivalent to actual current?

I understand how the conventional current is logically equivalent to the actual current of electrons in a circuit. However, whenever I'm studying some new concept, and things are assumed as working ...
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Deflection of magnetic compass sorrounded by alternating poles

What happens to the deflection of the magnetic compass if it is surrounded by south poles and north poles in alternating direction of a magnet around it in a circular pattern. Will it be deflected in ...
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Potential due to a continuous charge distribution on ring

Derive the formula for the potential at point $P(0,0,z)$ directly above the center of a ring of charge with radius $R$ and uniform charge density $\lambda$. My attempt: Since $$\lambda= ...
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Prove Biot-Savart law, assuming that $\vec{A}=\frac I c\int \frac{d\vec{L}}{r}$

Prove Biot-Savart law, assuming that $$\vec{A}=\frac I c\int \frac{d\vec{L}}{r}$$ $$\vec{B}=\nabla\times \vec{A}$$ Any hint on what to do next?
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Finding charge density from from differential form of gauss law

I didnt get why he didvided and multiplied by r^2.This question is from d j griffith .
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Why monopole does not radiate energy in electodynamics?

Why there is no monopole radiation in Electromagnetic field? I read somewhere that it is impossible because it violates charge conservation. I don't understand how? How charge conservation gets ...
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Is the existence of electromagnetic standing waves dependent on the observers reference frame?

If I take two plane EM waves travelling in opposite direction e.g. $E = E_0 \sin(kx-\omega t)$ and $E=E_0 \sin (kx + \omega t)$, they sum to give a standing wave with a time-averaged Poynting vector ...
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Looking for lists of student difficulties with electromagnetism, circuits (DC and AC)

I'm trying to help with an Instructor's Guide for an introductory calc-based physics text, and it would really help if I could locate some lists of typical student difficulties with topics like ... ...
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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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What was Feynman's “much better way of presenting the electrodynamics” — which did **not** appear in the Feynman lectures?

Does anyone know what Feynman was referring to in this interview which appears at the beginning of The Feynman Tips on Physics? Note that he is referring to something that did not appear in the ...
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Why can we detect a magnetic field, but not an electric field around an AC current?

Consider a wire through which an AC current is passing. Because of the AC current there is an alternating magnetic field present around the wire and because of the alternating magnetic field there ...
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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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Effective magnetic moment

How can one calculate effect moment from susceptibility (SI*10^6) versus temperature (K) graph? What is the typical range of effect moment for ferromagnets?
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value of $\omega$ in nonlinear equation

In this article the authors wrote a nonlinear equation as $$-\frac{\partial^2 \phi}{\partial t^2}+ \nabla \phi= \phi+ \sum_{k=2}^\infty g_k \phi^k$$ They have scaled the time as, ...
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What is the sum of the electrons' magnetic moments in a wire?

The electron has a magnetic moment. This magnetic moment will be influenced in a electric field; the magnetic moments will be more or less aligned. During the movement of an electron in a wire under ...
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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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Question about one of the problems of the Bohr model

This is probably extremely basic physics that I don't know, but I'm still going to ask: Say in hydrogen, according to the Bohr model the electron is "really" orbiting the proton, and as a consequence ...