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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Back EMF & Current, how can we make I stable?

Lets assume we have a wire that has $10V$ across and $1$ $Amp$ flowing, now if this conductor is introduced to a changing magnetic field, $-EMF$ is induced, can we control our voltage to increase it ...
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Closed circuit integral, magnetic vector potential for straight line segment

Looking at a worked example in Chengs Field and Wave Electromagnetics (newest ed, p 236) about Biot-Savarts law. 'A conducting wire of length $2L$ is carrying the current $I$. Find $\textbf{B}$ by ...
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Force on a point charge q inside a cavity in an uncharged conductor

This is problem 2.40 from Introduction to Electrodynamics by D. J. Griffiths: A point charge $q$ is inside a cavity (not necessarily spherical or anything similarly regular) in an uncharged ...
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Magnetic forces and generators

i'm really struggling to break this question down into manageable chunks and identify which quantities are relevant. I'm also unsure of some of the wording in the question. A bar of length ...
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Is this expression of electric field correct?

I know that the electric field component of electromagnetic wave should be written as the first equation shown, but some times it can be expressed in terms of complex amplitude of electric field as in ...
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Condition for the magnetic field

Let $B$ be the magnetic field. If $$\nabla \times B = 0$$ and of course $$\nabla \cdot B= 0$$ Can we conclude that $B=0$? For a general field it is wrong because every constant vector will ...
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Sommerfeld radiation conditions for an electromagnetic field

There is some confusion in the definition of Sommerfeld radiation conditions for an electromagnetic field, which are related to the asymptotic behaviour of the field for a distance $r \to \infty$ ...
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How electromagnetic fields travel through vacuum?

How electromagnetic fields travel through vacuum is it right to say that they propagate or travel? do they alternately form each other by charged particles?
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Does electric field cause changing magnetic field also?

According to Faraday's law, changing magnetic field causes eletric field (imprecise wording, but generally accurate). My question is, can Faraday's law be interpreted in opposite way - that is, ...
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What is the outcome of a changing Magnetic Field?

The question might sound elementary. However, the thing is this. Changing Magnetic field produces a changing electric field. That changing electric field would produce a changing magnetic field. So, ...
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Thomson's jumping ring experiment

For the jumping ring experiment (I think it is also called Thomson ring experiment) why does the ring float and not move up and down the ring as would be expected, I think by Lenz's law, since would ...
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Electromagnetism - Proof of the Uniqueness theorem for an external problem

In the electromagnetic Uniqueness theorem, we consider a volume $V$ enclosed by a surface $S$. It is initially assumed that two different fields are valid solutions for the Maxwell's equations with ...
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Integral form of Gauss's law for magnetism from Stokes' theorem?

How can the integral form of Gauss's law for magnetism be described as a version of general Stokes' theorem? How does it follow?
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Is there an analogue of a geodesic for the evolution of the electromagnetic field? [duplicate]

For a charged particle moving in free space, we can say from the homogeneity of space-time, that it moves along a geodesic. Is there an analogous principle for the evolution of the electromagnetic ...
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Lorentz force, must there be two magnets?

The diagram above demonstrates the Lorentz force, Yet I wonder... must there be two magnets/electromagnets? If the two magnets form a magnetic field of $1$ $Tesla$ acting on the wire, why not use 1 ...
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Lamination on a conductor?

How can lamination help reduce eddy currents? I understood that it reduces them, by making their circulation incomplete, or something like that. Can anyone explain this please?
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Can magnetic flux be negative

I am studying magnetic flux linkage in an ac generator and it appears to be that magnetic flux linkage is negative half the time, how can this be?? Also with lenz's law why is emf defined as negative ...
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Earth as a conductor and emf produced? [closed]

Since about 73% of total surface of Earth is occupied by water, its internal is also occupied largely by hot molten mass.Let,the whole earth is considered a conductor.Sun is a source of gravitational ...
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Strongly coupled electromagnetic force

What would be defining about a strongly coupled electromagnetic force? Would it mean that separating two oppositely charged particles makes another particle-antiparticle pair, rather than continuing ...
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Am I interpreting Gauss' Divergence Theorem correctly

I was reading Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths and I wanted to check if I understood Gauss' Divergence Theorem correctly. The theorem states: $$\int \int \int_V \vec{\nabla} \cdot \vec{C} ...
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Why is the Faraday Tensor derived from the Lorentz force?

If we start from the Lorentz force, $$\textbf{F}=q\textbf{E} +q\textbf{v}\times\textbf{B}$$ and use the four velocity u$^{\mu}$ and the four momentum p$^{\nu}$, then we get to ...
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How to express magnetic field vector in terms of force on current

I am preparing for an exam and one of the questions I have come across asks: Define the electric field $\mathbf{E}$ and the magnetic flux density $\mathbf{B}$, in terms of the force on charges and ...
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What is the symmetry associated with electric charge conservation [duplicate]

Is there a kind of symmetry that yields the conservation of charges? and if so , how it works for both type of charges? Electrical Charges
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Is magnetic wheel possible?

I once tried to make a magnetic wheel using different shaped magnets and placing them in different orientations and of different shapes.But it did rotate making a small angle ie it didnt rotate even a ...
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Maxwell-Faraday Equation and Electric Fields

I have a question regarding, as the title says, this equation: $\nabla \times \textbf{E}=-\frac{\partial \textbf{B}}{\partial{t}}$ So, the above equation says that the curl of an electric field is ...
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What is charge actually? How to define it? [closed]

Is charge of something for (e.g.) an electron related to electromagnetic space if it exists due to energy, due to which it may have mass? I don't know about quantum mechanics or advanced particle ...
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Electron Electric Field Mass?

I am confused of whether or not the expected electromagnetic field generated by the point-like electric charge of the electron distributed smoothly across space as a probability distribution creates ...
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How the lagrangian density is found?

In Classical Mechanics one usually considers the Lagrangian as $L = K - U$ where $K$ is the kinetic energy of the system and $U$ is the potential energy. One then gets the Euler-Lagrange equations and ...
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why field cooling is necessary in Exchange bias?

Why is field cooling necessary for exchange bias? For instance, if we take an example of Ni/NiO, in this sample NiO is already anti-ferromagnetic in nature at room temperature. And as we know that ...
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force on a moving charge in magnetic field

Need help in understanding the direction of magnetic force in the magnetic field!Totally confused by directions. Why is it that magnetic force is perpendicular to the direction of magnetic field and ...
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In which mathematical space do magnetic fields live in?

A magnetic field may be described as a mapping $\mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{R}^3$. Therefore, it is a function, and apparently can be described as an element in a function space. Is there some particular ...
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Locations of destructive interference for two spherical waves

I have looked at this, but it did not help with locations. Really this just comes down to mathematical manipulation, which for some reason I fail to see. Here is my paraphrased setup: Consider two ...
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Can a magnet or a magnetic field push gravity? [closed]

I have been asking around at my school and at the high school and at EWU but no one can answer this question: can a magnet or a magnetic field push gravity?
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Four-current, Induced Charge and Magnetic Flux

I'm studying Jackiw's "Fractional Charge and Zero Modes for Planar Systems in a Magnetic Field" DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.33.2500 but I have difficulties at some points. One of the problems is $$\langle ...
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EMF in an Open circuit?

If a wire that is connected to a circuit passes a magnetic field, it would induce $EMF$ that would allow current to flow, and generate an opposing force. Now what if the wire is not connected to a ...
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Electric field intensity of spherical shell (with cut out cap)

Consider a charged spherical shell of radius $R$ and surface charge density $\sigma$. Choose a point on the surface of the shell and cut a spherical cap of radius $a \ll R$. What is the electric field ...
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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 the ...
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How fast does it take to create a magnetic field in a solenoid?

If a solenoid/electromagnet has current flowing, it creates a magnetic field. Electricity is very very fast, I believe close to the speed of light? So, when power is given to a solenoid with $n$ ...
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Derivation of Boundary Conditions

Source: http://my.ece.ucsb.edu/York/Bobsclass/201C/Handouts/Chap1.pdf (page 6). I am trying to make sense of the derivation on the right side of these two integrals. The first one which says ...
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Can energy be harnessed and collected safely from a magnetic/electric field within a tube with the following scenario?

Scenario: Is it possible to safely collect energy from the following: Friction of a metallic object moving around a circular tube that is filled with water Inside the tube, magnetic forces are at ...
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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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Do we need waves for fields?

I was pondering about EM Waves and fields and felt that there is an inconsistency in the physical picture of EM waves that I have in my mind. For example let us consider a charge at rest . Now lets ...
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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 $E=E_o \sin (kx + \omega t)$, they sum to give a standing wave with a time-averaged Poynting vector ...
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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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What equation should be used when this conductor passes a magnetic field?

A large thick copper wire(or bar if you like,) passes a magnetic field. What formula is best to calculate the $EMF$ here? $$\epsilon = \frac{\Delta \Phi \ }{\Delta t} $$ or, $$\epsilon = ...
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Does back emf occur in transformers?

Does back emf occur in transformers and if so does it reduce the efficiency of the transformer and can it be reduced?
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Explanation of Lorentz-Force

In high-school level books (for example the german standard text: "Dorn-Bader") I have often seen an explanation of the Lorentz force as on the following picture: The textbooks consider the ...
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An EM problem of polarized sphere

Today, I'm doing an EM problem and my question is exactly the same as this site shows: http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=133501 To reiterate my confusion, why we can't use that integral ...
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A conductor passing a magnetic field?

A large thick copper wire(or bar if you like,) passes a magnetic field. What formula is best to calculate the EMF here? $$EMF = BA / Delta(t)$$ or, $$EMF = vBL$$ When the conductor passes the ...
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question on dipole moment of water molecule

I read a line today and don't get it: "Molecules with mirror symmetry like oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon tetrachloride have no permanent dipole moments." ...