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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North and south of magnetic field

The current I is flowing upward in the wire in this figure. The direction of the magnetic filed due to the current can be determined by the right hand rule. Can we determine the north and the south ...
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No magnetic field from a static charge - Is there a simple physical argument to show why?

For a charge moving in an electric field $\vec E$, its equation of motion is given by the electric part of the Lorentz force $$\frac d {dt}\gamma m \vec v = e\vec E$$This comes from the conservation ...
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How does a magnet work?

I'm having trouble understanding how a magnet (not the field that is generated as a result but the material itself) work. The particles are aligned in a specific direction to give rise to force but I ...
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Where is the flaw in deriving Gauss's law in its differential form?

From the divergence theorem for any vector field E, $\displaystyle\oint E\cdot da=\int (\nabla\cdot E) ~d\tau$ and from Gauss's law $\displaystyle\oint E\cdot ...
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Pollen Particle Attracted to TV due to Which Force?

A pollen particle has no charge so I cannot understand how the Lorentz force $\bar{F} = q \bar{E} + q(\bar{v} \times \bar{B} )$ could explain the event. I speculated that it is because of the electric ...
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Magnetic field in the Centre of Circular loop wire with Current?

By biot-savart: $$\bar{H} = \frac{I}{4\pi} \oint \frac{d\bar{l} \times \bar{r}}{r^{3}}$$ so $$\bar{H} = \frac{I}{2a} \hat{n}$$ Please, explain the last implication. I cannot find such integral to ...
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Can an insulator have magnetic poles?

Is it possible to make an insulator have two poles like a magnet? If yes, how to make it?
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Migration of an ion in a non-conductive medium

Someone asked me why, when performing DNA electrophoresis we need to put the gel inside a conducting buffer. Couldn't we just run it in distilled water? My answer was that if we had distilled water ...
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Deriving the Electromagnetic Tensor

The electromagnetic tensor is given as: How do you derive this? And how come there is a partial derivative in front of $A_\mu$? Do you multiply the derivatives or what?
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How do virtual-photons curve in a magetic field?

From what I understand photons only move in straight lines unless reflected or refracted (other than influences from gravitational fields and their usual wavelike movement). And since they are a ...
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Why are lab Magnets painted red?

Wy are lab magnets painted red in color? I tried searching everywhere but couldn't get a satisfactory answer.
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Why the electric bulb turns on almost instantly when the switch is closed? [duplicate]

The electron drift speed is estimated to be very low.How could there is current almost the instant a circuit is closed?? By the discussions it is known that The information about beginning of the ...
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Is it possible to create artificial gravity by magnetizing iron in the blood stream?

I have been thinking is it possible that using a rather strong magnet on the human body's blood stream we could enact a small case of artificial gravity on the human body via the iron in the ...
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Gauss's Law understanding

In the case of a point charge $q$ at the origin, the flux of $\vec{E}$ through a sphere of radius r is, \begin{equation} \oint \vec{E}\cdot d\vec{a} = \int \frac{1}{4 \pi \epsilon_0 ...
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Simple ohms law on a battery ? Paradox or conceptual error?

Suppose we have a regular pencil battery which supplies DC voltage $V$. Say we take copper wire and connect the ends of the battery to an $R$ ohms resistance. Then Ohm's law tells use the current in ...
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Do magnets work in outer space?

Is there any media where magnet lose its property?
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How to capture electomagnetic radiation/waves?

If I wanted to find out what kind of electomagnetic waves "travel" through my room at which frequency, what kind of equipment would I need? Suppose I want to view frequencies from 0 Hz to 6 GHz.
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Magnetic force and work

If the magnetic force does no work on a particle with electric charge, then: How can you influence the motion of the particle? Is there perhaps another example of the work force but do not have a ...
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Do Maxwell’s Equations contain the Ideal Gas Law?

Maxwell’s Equations contain some other Laws as special cases. Does it possibly include the Ideal Gas Law as well? – the idea being that material substances can be modeled by appropriate subsets of the ...
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Point charge potential (sign problem)

I'm a bit embarrassed, but I'm not able to compute the electric potential at point $P$ (at a distance $R$ from the origin) generated by a positive unitary point charge in the origin with the right ...
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What is the difference between north and south magnetically?

Is there a reason that magnetic field lines are drawn from north to south or is this a purely arbitrarily defined protocol (for convenience)? Essentially what I am asking is: without a reference ...
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Creation of the Electromagnetic Spectrum [closed]

After seeing this image: http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/images/EM_Spectrum3-new.jpg And reading this: "The long wavelength limit is the size of the universe itself, while it is thought that the ...
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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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How fast does current flow? And the magnetic field? [closed]

A conductor carries 10 Amps, and generates a magnetic field $B$. How fast does it take for that current to flow from the wire throughout the entire circuit? And how fast does it take for the ...
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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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Rubbing a rod with silk?

Rubbing a glass rod with silk causes charges to be exchanged and consequently both objects get charged. Why do the objects have to be "rubbed"? I get that one has a stronger pull on the electrons ...
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Why do waves diffract?

There have already been a lot of questions on this site on diffraction but I still believe this one might be slightly different. In electromagnetic waves, diffraction and any other phenomenon of wave ...
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How to understand holography and hologram

I've spent some time reading wiki etc. What I get now is that apart from the normal light amplitude information, holograms also record the phase information of light. But this is so difficult for me ...
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Coefficients of capitance

In my syllabus about electromagnetism, they introduce the coefficients of capacitance by stating that, if we have $n$ conductors enclosed by linear dielectrics, then we can write 'because of ...
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Generator using Earths's Magnetic field?

In the past I've been shown Internet sources claiming a specific generator that uses nothing but the earth's magnetic field to generate power, I'm looking for the name of the generator? I realize ...
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On the atomic level how do permanent magnets work? [duplicate]

How do magnets work on the atomic level? Is there current inside the magnet?
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How is momentum conserved when a magnet attracts a metal?

Suppose your have any magnetic object and no external force acts upon it, and the object comes near a metal which causes an impulse (think that will happen). However, the magnetic force is internal to ...
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Why does a dielectric have a frequency dependent resistivity?

This question has come about because of my discussion with Steve B in the link below. Related: Why is glass much more transparent than water? For conductors, I can clearly see how resistivity ...
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Accelerated charged particles produce electromagnetic radiation, but holes (the charge carriers) do not. Is this correct?

Holes are treated as particles in solid-state physics, so I've had some trouble with reasoning through this properly.
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Electromagnetic Tensor in Cylindrical Coordinates

I understand that the Electromagnetic Tensor is given by $$F^{\mu\nu}\mapsto\begin{pmatrix}0 & -E_{x} & -E_{y} & -E_{z}\\ E_{x} & 0 & -B_{z} & B_{y}\\ E_{y} & B_{z} & ...
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Direction of the Area Vector (with regards to magnetic dipole)

I'm learning about torque on a conductive coil in a magnetic field. I have been taught that $\vec\tau = \vec\mu \times \vec{B}$, where $\vec\mu$ is the magnetic dipole moment. Also, $\mu = ...
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Do magnets lose their magnetism/force when they attract/repel each other?

So yea, if two magnets attract/repel multiple times(A LOT) will they lose their magnetism? If they don't break during the whole process?
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Are electrons moving? If so relative to whom? and why is there no magnetic field?

electrons on earth moving with us, due to rotation of earth, revolution of earth, sun and our galaxy right? Then, why is there no magnetic field around a piece of copper wire?
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How photons move along with EM wave?

So the wave moves like. a wave, it moves up and down, up and down. But how do photons move? Do they follow the same path or do they just go straight forward without oscillating?
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In which of the above figures will the light bulb be glowing?

What is principle of solution behind this induction problem (problem 29)? The problem can be find in here (problem 29). Problem is: The five separate figures below involve a cylindrical magnet and ...
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So do I use this Lorentz's law or which law do I use?

I have difficulty understanding exercise 24 in this document: Two parallel wires I and II that are near each other carry currents i and 3i both in the same direction. Compare the forces that the ...
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Analogy between magnetic bottle and Van Allen's radiation belt

A magnetic bottle is an arrangement that permits to confine charged particles. Here you can find a review for charged particle rotating in a magnetic field and at the bottom of the page a description ...
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physics , magnetic lines of a magnetic

Why magnetic lines comes from north to south out side of the magnet is any magnetic lines comes from south to north if so in which direction What is the reason of magnetic lineS
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Has any permanent magnet motor been proven to run?

I have read lots of articles about permanent magnet motors, some of which claim the possibility and other which refute it. Is it possible to have a permanent magnet motor that runs on the magnetic ...
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Could a solar flare cause the Earth's magnetic poles to reverse?

With all the hype of the impending "2012 Mayan doomsday" I was thinking it might be interesting to see what principles of physics prevent the theories of doomsday from occurring. One overarching ...
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How is the operation of a Goldleaf Electroscope explained in terms of virtual particles?

If an electroscope is charged negatively the electrons on the leaves will repell each other and stand apart. It is clear than there is a steady force between the leaves that counters gravity. How is ...
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Gravititonal fields compared to electromagnetic fields - are they infinite in range?

me and my friend has a discussion last night, and he argued that both an electromagnetic field and gravititonal field are infinite in their area of effect, but with diminishing effects as you get ...
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How do I calculate the power consumed by a lightbulb?

I'm studying a lightbulb and its variable resistance, given by the expression: $R(T) = Ro[1 + α(T-T_0)]$, where $R_0$ is the resistance of the lamp at $T_0$. In this case, $R$ is not given by Ohm's ...
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How can I tell which end of a wire will have a higher potential?

I have the following setup: A <---- wire ----> B $V_b - V_a = \Delta v = \text{a positive value}$ I have two questions: Which end of the wire has a ...
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Is there a name for the derivative of current with respect to time, or the second derivative of charge with respect to time?

This measurement comes up a lot in my E&M class, in regards to inductance and inductors. Is there really no conventional term for this? If not, is there some historical reason for this omission? ...