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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an example where changing the frame of reference of an observer changes the outcome of events!

consider two identical charges moving with uniform velocity. There will be a magnetic force of attraction between them as two currents in the same direction attract each other. If I sit on one of the ...
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Magnetic Field in the presence of a conductor

I am studying for my quals and came across an old question that reads like the following: There are two regions in space separated by an infinite conducting plane. Region 1 has a magnetic dipole ...
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Proving the equivalency of the potential energy of a system of charges and the work required to assemble a system of charges

This is a very cool, and highly beneficial problem in my opinion. I feel as though truly understanding this proof would broaden anyone's conceptual understanding of electric potential. My textbook ...
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Reflection from multiple thin films: accounting for lost light due to small surface area

I have a problem similar to reflection of multiple thin films. I have light coming in from medium 1 and I want to find the total reflected intensity after being reflected inside 2 layers. However, I ...
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When to use method of images in Electrostatics?

I am a bit confused about when to use the method of images in E&M? For example, in Griffith's Electrodynamics Example 3.2, the problem reads: A point charge $q$ is situated a distance $a$ from ...
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How to wire a STRONG electromagnet? [closed]

I have a 12mm long hard ferrite core that I want to use as an electromagnet. I have wound it with 0.8mm copper as tightly as I can by hand, in a single layer, but the field is not strong enough. I ...
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Is there Phase difference between voltages at end points of a long AC Power line

I found this explanation somewhere: Since wavelength=c/freq so in a AC power line of 50 Hz, wavelength=(3*10^8)/50 = 6000 Km, so voltage phase reverses after 6000 Km in a ac Power line. Now this ...
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How does AC current flow in an open circuit?

In common house hold wiring we have the hot lead, neutral and ground. If the hot lead in electrical wiring contacts earth ground (perhaps though a short circuit in the chassis of a device) then the ...
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Moving wire relative to stationary charged particle

"Now we turn our attention to what happens in $S'$, in which the particle is at rest and the wire is running past (toward the left in the figure) with the speed $v$. The positive charges moving with ...
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Taylor expansion of translated fields

First of all, I would like to say that I am somewhat new to four-vector notation. I have a function of a four-vector that I want to expand. $$ A_\mu (\mathbf{x} + \mathbf{x}_0) = A_\mu (\mathbf{x}) ...
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Speed of light in different parts of the universe

Do we have enough evidence to claim that speed of light remains the same at 'c' even at the most distant parts of the visible universe?
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At an instant, does a system of gravitational charges exhibit equivalent behavior to a time-reversed system of like electric charges?

Question: In principle, does a system of gravitational charges exhibit equivalent behavior to a time-reversed system of like electric charges? (At a single instance in time?) Additional Notes: I am ...
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Magnetic field in materials with non-constant magnetic susceptibility

I'm quite lost what $B$ and $H$ is. It seams to me that most of the texts I read do quite poor job in explaining them properly. They are explained only in cases when magnetic susceptibility is ...
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Tensor decomposition of $\partial_\mu A_\nu$

In the decomposition of a rank-2 Minkowski tensor into irreducible representations, I expect the 16 components of the tensor product $M_\mu N_\nu$ to reduce to the sum of a scalar (1), a rank-2 ...
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What are magnetic field lines? [duplicate]

Magnetic field lines depict the strength of the magnetic field, dense lines in a region imply a strong field. Lines are drawn as per our convenience. We needn't draw infinite lines but just ...
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Copper coils for nMRI

Given the lack of financial efficacy in the medical industry, I was wondering if nuclear magnetic resonance imaging would be possible with a copper/silver coil if the use is short 10 second imaging ...
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Relationship between Polarizability and Conductivity

I've seen in the literature the relation: $\sigma (q,\omega) = \frac{i e^2 \omega}{q^2}\chi(q,\omega)$ where $\sigma$ is the conductivity and $\chi$ the polarizability. However my attempt to derive ...
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Gauge symmetry for p-forms

It is well known that the Lorentz invariance of the S-matrix implies Gauge redundancy for 1-forms,'photons'. Does this argument go through to p-forms? That is does lorentz invariance of s-matrix of ...
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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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Sign convention for EMF

When we define the field generate by EMF, why there is not negative sign in $\mathcal{E} = \oint \vec{E} \cdot d\vec{l}$? Usually we talk about potential, there should be a negative sign, right?
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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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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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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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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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Magnetism due to relativity?

So I have been reading in some books that magnetism does not have to be assumed a priori, but can be obtained from the electric field + special relativity. And I have seen how this leads to the common ...
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Is every electromagnetic radiation considered “light”?

Somebody mentioned on Freenode chatroom for physics that All Electromagnetic Radiation are delivered in form of Photons not just light. Is it true? Does that mean if we get a THF electrical ...
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Special relativity: moving charge and twisting bar magnet

ETA: Huh. It's been more than three months since I posed this question. Is it really possible that no one knows the answer? I thought for sure someone would know. Oh well. You have a small bar ...
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What are “parity considerations” in deciding the form of the Hamiltonian?

In "introductory Quantum Optics", by Gerry and Knight, the Jeynes model is considered. In this model of electron-EM field interaction the electron is approximated by a two state system ($\lvert ...
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Why the electric potential of earth is zero?

For a localized charge distribution the potential is set to zero far away from the charge distribution (at infinity) Now, when grounding a conductor, i.e. connecting it to Earth, it is said that we ...
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How does electricity flow?

The terminals of the batteries set up an electric field in the wire. Surface charges build up to ensure the field is perpendicular to the wire. This allows the electrons to move through the wire. But ...
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Speed of different em radiation in a medium

Does all frequency of light travel with the same speed in a particular material like glass? Since by cauchy's relation refractive index change with wavelength which implies the speed also changes. ...
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Derivation of Ampère's force law

$$\vec{F}_\text{mag} = \frac{\mu_0 I_1 I_2}{4\pi } \oint\oint\frac{\mathrm{d}\vec{l}_1\times(\mathrm{d}\vec{l}_2\times\hat{r})}{r^2}$$ Is there any derivation for Ampère's force law or is it just ...
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Ferromagnet induced current?

A ferromagnet is attracted to a solenoid's magnetic field. I understand that now the ferromagnet produced a magnetic field, from that process is there an induced $EMF$? Can ferromagnets that are not ...
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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 do surfaces act like barriers for electrons?

Say you have a conductor, filled with free electrons. The nuclei have a weak pull on the valence electrons so they are moving around in the conductor. But the electrons don't leave the solid. If you ...
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The force exerted on a magnetic dipole $m$ in magnetic field $B$

How can one prove that: The force exerted on a magnetic dipole $m$ in magnetic field $B$, in addition to $F=\nabla(m\cdot B)$, can be expressed by $$F=(m\times \nabla)\times B.$$
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Contradicting forces on a circular loop under current in magnetic field?

I have the following general conceptual concern. Think of a thin conducting loop of radius $R$ placed in the $x$-$y$-plane at $z=0$. There is a homogeneous current density $\vec{j}$ running through ...
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Does electromagnetic radiation make sense in one dimension?

I'm trying to do a simple simulation of a 1D charged quantum particle, which gets irradiated by an electromagnetic wave — in context of non-relativistic QM. The Schrödinger equation for such a ...
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Does there exist electric field around all the substances?

A system of two equal and opposite charges separated by a certain distance is called an electric dipole. Electric dipole moment ($p$) is defined as the product of either charge ($q$) and the ...
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Deriving expression for motional emf

I'm having a trouble deriving the expression for emf caused by the Lorentz forces in a moving conductor. Consider the following classical example of a slidewire generator which consists of U-shaped ...
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Geometriclength and effective length

Why is effective length of a bar magnet shorter than its geometric length? Blockquote in a textbook, author wrote that, effective length is equal to 0.85 times geometric length. But didn't ...
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Comparing effect of electric and magnetic dipoles on their fields

So at the end of one of my prof's lectures he gives us something to think about: Both electric and magnetic dipoles tend to line up with their respective fields. Materials made out of ...
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Question about complex emissivity and complex permeability

Consider a linear, isotropic material. We can then write: $$\textbf{D}(\textbf{r},\omega) = \epsilon(\textbf{r},\omega)\textbf{E}(\textbf{r},\omega)$$ In phasor notation. The complex emissivity ...
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If Electricity and magnetism are the same viewed from a different reference frame then is electricity medium dependant?

If Electricity and magnetism are the same viewed from a different reference frame (they are the same force as unified by maxwell) then is electricity medium dependant? I came to this question when ...
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Force between two bar magnets

I need to know how to calculate force between two bar magnets. I searched and found an answer on Wikipedia, but I don't really trust Wikipedia, a lot of crazy stuff is posted there. So I searched ...
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Is there energy stored when iron is magnetized?

When a piece of iron is magnetized, and the domains are aligned, Is there energy stored? If so, how much energy is stored? If there is an attraction between that same iron and the source of the ...
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Lorentz Force Law and cycloid motion

The question I have is from Intro to Electrodynamics by Griffiths (Page 206, Example 5.2) http://imgur.com/a/sfBlt When using the initial conditions $y(0) = z(0) = 0$, I get: $y(0) = 0$ implies ...
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Time it takes two oppositely charged particles to collide

I think this is supposed to be a simple problem but I am having a hang up converting it to a one-body problem. It's one-dimensional. +q and -q a distance d apart, held stationary then let go at t=0. ...
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The Doppler effect in a medium like air (sound) versus the electromagnetic Doppler effect

When you have a listener and a source, and when one of the two move relative to the other, the frequency perceived by the listener will be different. Example: If the listener travels toward the ...
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Can a local magnetic field when changed introduce an electric field till infinity?

Here is a question from my school textbook: Here is the solution which they expect : Change in magnetic flux is $\pi a^2 B $, and since $\oint\vec{E}.\vec{dl} = -\frac{d\phi}{dt}$, the total ...