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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electron spin separation

I am having doubt whether the electron's up spin moment and down spin moment can be isolated from one another. If it got separated, will each moment acts as magnetic monopole (stable or unstable). ...
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Is a magnetic field affected by the presence of air?

Does air affect a magnetic field's ability to attract ferromagnets? If a magnetic field and a ferromagnet were placed in a vacuum would there be a better performance?
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Why do electric generators need a prime mover?

Commonly electric generators need a mechanical torque provided by a prime mover [gas turbine or steam turbine or diesel engine,etc] which is needed for the rotation of the generator rotor. I would ...
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Capacitors: why is the energy not stored in a magnetic field?

When a capacitor is charging, the rate of change $dE/dt$ of the electric field between the plates is non-zero, and from the Maxwell-Ampère equation this causes a circulating magnetic field. Now, ...
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Scalar potential in em field task

(Sorry for my English) Task. There is a volume with some arbitrary current or voltage source connected to wires. One wire is buried in the ground. I know values of electric and magnetic fields in ...
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Cause of Magnetic field

According to maxwell-ampere equation, the curl of magnetic field at that point equals the current density at that point + change of electric field at that point w.r.t. time. Now, the second factor ...
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Ferromagnets and magnets tend to align in the center. Why is that?

When you bring a large iron plate and a magnet, the magnet attracts the iron plate and it tends to slide itself to the center. When I place it on the edge, it always aligns at the center why is that?
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Electric potential on a uniformly charged tube

A hollow cylinder, with no top or bottom, of radius $R$ and length $L$ is uniformly charged with density $\sigma>0$. I have to find the point on space where a point charge $q>0$ has to be drawn ...
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Expanding the Magnetic field?

A magnetic field $B$ can apply a force $X$ on a ferromagnet when there is no gap to separate them, $r$ = 0. When that gap ($r$) is increased to 3 cm, the force drops to zero. How can that be solved? ...
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A dielectric sphere in an initially uniform electric field and representation theory of SO(3)

I learned recently that the highest order spherical harmonic required to represent the spatial distribution of decay products of a particle can be used to determine its spin, by using arguments ...
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Why change in Capacitance?

I do know it that the overall capacitance decreases if two or more capacitors are connected in series,but do not understand why? I do understand it mathematically but don't get the physics behind it.
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The workings of the Hall effect?

I want to ask about the workings of the Hall effect. Why do the electrons come to rest on the edge of the wire? The magnetic field pushes them up, and the electric field pushes them forward. Shouldn't ...
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Are magnetic hysteresis losses relevant to alternating currents flowing in a wire?

Say we have an AC in a magnetically lossy material, like iron. Because of iron's relatively high permeability, skin effect will be more pronounced than it is in say, copper, so this iron wire isn't so ...
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Surface charge in a wire?

The image above shows the distribution of the surface charge in a current carrying wire. The surface charges distributes themselves to make sure the field inside the wire is always perpendicular to ...
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Electric field in a wire?

The electric field in a wire is parallel to the wire's surface (it is always pointing "to the front"). If the electric field did not point in this direction, surface charges would build up and ...
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Does there exist a single plate capacitor(conductor)?

Does there exist a single plate capacitor(conductor)? if yes How will you define the capacitance and potential(difference) of such conductor?
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Question related to Equipotential Surface

How will you show that equipotential surface is always directed perpendicular to electric field?
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Is the canonical momentum conserved when a particle moves in magnetic field?

Here is a question about the canonical momentum that I had asked some days ago, but I still have one point that I am not understand. Considering a particle moves in a magnetic field with charge $q$ ...
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Why can you touch two positively charged rods?

For a physics lab on the Triboelectric effect, we rubbed two rods with fur which gave both of them a positive charge. We then brought them close together, and they obviously repelled. We then held ...
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induced emf when a wire or coil travel through a magnetic field

I've recently learned that If you move a conductor through a magnetic field, an emf is induced across the ends of the conductor: $E = BLv $ I've also been told that the same is true for a coil but ...
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What is the Significance of Magetic Field Energy Density?

If we consider electrostatic field energy density for an electrical field then by analysis we find that it is the representation of the total electrostatic potential energy of the considered ...
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Voltage in a circuit?

The voltage of the battery signifies the difference in voltage between the positive and negative terminal What does this mean? The definition of voltage difference I'm familiar with is the ...
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Maxwell equations and symmetry

Do the full inhomogeneous Maxwell equations obey parity (P) and time reversal (T) symmetry separately or only the full CPT symmetry? I believe the homogeneous Maxwell equations obey parity and time ...
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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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Characteristic quantities in Fiber optics

I'm having trouble finding typical quantities in fiber optic communication. In particular, what kind of powers are generally used (or what is the minimum that fiber optics receivers can detect ...
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A question about canonical momentum and arbitrariness for potential in magnetism

The following question confuses me: There exists magnetic field $B_z =- \beta x$ where $x > 0$, and a particle is incident from origin point $(0,0)$ with pisitive charge $q$, mass $m$, and ...
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Faraday's law question: wire falling over two rails

I'm having trouble with this problem. The picture shows a wire of mass m and length l which slides on two rails, with certain angle with respect to the horizontal.The whole circuit has a resistance R ...
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Why does a faraday cage protect you from high currents?

In an electrostatic case it is clear that that in a space enclosed with a conductor (without charge in it) the electric field is zero. This is often demonstrated in physics shows like on the ...
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What determines the magnitude of force of an electromagnet?

Let's assume that there is an electromagnet with $B = 1 Tesla$ , what is the magnitude of the force it could generate on other dipoles equal to it's surface area? Can the magnitude of force (in ...
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Magnetic field of a moving point charge

I'm having a hard time to grasp one simple idea. Let us say we have a moving point charge, q, with velocity v, in the x direction. Now calculating both the Magnetic and the Electric fields is easy: We ...
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What are the implications of running a motor well above its rated frequency?

Plenty of material on the web will tell you what to expect when you run a 50/60Hz 3-phase induction motor at 60-80Hz, but what if you would like to run it at 140Hz? or 250Hz? Or at any frequency? ...
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How does a MRI use 20.1kW yet creates over 204K BTU/h? [closed]

I've been reading through a manual about MRI operating procedures for a large healthcare provider. The manual (written by Siemens) states that the MRI machines use 9kW in stand-by mode and 20.1kW ...
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Assumptions when calculating $\vec{B}$ using Ampère's (circuital) law

When considering the same setup as in this question, i.e. a straight, infinitely long wire carrying the current $I$, Ampère's circuital law $$\oint_C \vec{B} \cdot \mathrm{d}\vec{r} = \mu_0 ...
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Relation between complex dielectric constant and resistance

I am having a real hard time understanding how I reach the expression that relates resistance and $\varepsilon''$ as the complex part of the dielectric constant. I was trying to follow a clear and ...
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Transformation of Electromagnetic Four-Tensor

I apologize if I am missing something obvious, but I am in my first class with tensors and I am still learning the notation. I am running into a problem with the transformation of the transformation ...
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Calculating the electro magnetic field strength needed to repel a permanent magnet

I have a design where a permanent magnet is placed on top of an electromagnet. When the electromagnet is powered off, the permanent magnet is attracted to the iron core of the electromagnet. When the ...
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Determining the minimum pull force of a magnet required to hold it in place

If I place a magnet on the underside of a metal object so that it is held there by its attraction to the metal, how can I determine the minimum pull force the magnet needs to have in order to keep it ...
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Maxwell's equations and wave equations

As can be proven, Maxwell's equations don't work for spherical or cylindrical waves, but these waves satisfy the wave equation. Are there any other examples of this type that satisfy the wave equation ...
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Charge or Charges on the oil droplets?

Due to my poor understanding of various paper and other material provided by google on Millikan's oil drop experiment I ask the following question here. As the drops were charged by either friction ...
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Maximum potential of a van de graaff generator

I know that we can calculate the maximum potential of a van de graaff generator by ( radius* electric field in which corona discharge begin to form in the surrounding gas( according to wikipedia 30 ...
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Issue with running a Van De Graaff generator

I am following this online video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsT69XnjxgU but my Van De Graaff generator is not working. I am using pvc pipes for the body, nylon and electrical tape as two rollers, ...
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is there any relation between resistance and magnetism?

i was holding a resistance wire(insulated) coiled up and both of its ends were connected to a Ohm-meter it was showing 18 ohms while the circuit was on i pulled the coil from both ends and made that a ...
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Dynamic light scattering of rods at low q

In dynamic light scattering (DLS), I understand that for spherical particles it is their diffusive motions which cause the intensity fluctuations that are correlated. And that the scattering vector ...
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Oil drop experiment and quantization of charge

How to systematically show that the resulting charges in oil drop experiment are integers multiplied by $e$ in other word how to extract $e$ from the data?
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Energy of an inductor

I know that for an inductor having self inductance $L$ energy stored in its steady state when a current $I$ has been established is given by $U = \frac{LI^2}{2}$. But after this current has been ...
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Phase Shift of Tunneling Wave

What is the phase shift of a wave that tunnels through a barrier, meaning the difference in phase between the incoming (in front of the barrier) and the outgoing (behind the barrier) waves? For ...
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Why aren't all conductors always charged?

If you place a conductor beside an insulator, the insulator will become negatively charged and the conductor will become positively charged. Air is an insulator. So why don't all conductors placed in ...
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Explanation for the physics behind magnetic monopoles?

Ok so I am looking for a simple explanation of how the process is done from the information I could access and the knowledge I was allowed I have the idea that it is a matter of quantum physics and ...
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How does a flywheel generate electricity at a constant voltage?

I believe I am missing something simple here. My question concerns flywheel energy storage. Say we have stored some amount of energy in a spinning flywheel. The flywheel is attached to a generator. ...