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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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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Does alternating current (AC) require a complete circuit?

This popular question about "whether an AC circuit with one end grounded to Earth and the other end grounded to Mars would work (ignoring resistance/inductance of the wire)" was recently asked on the ...
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Ferromagnetism and electrical conductivity

Are ferromagnetic materials good conductors of electricity? If yes, please explain with proper examples.
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Gauss' law - changes in the magnitude of E field inside the closed surface

Gauss's law says that the flux through a closed surface which contains neither a sink nor a source will be zero. It's quite clear that all field lines will have to exit somehow, but the strength of ...
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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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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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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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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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Magnetic field of a solenoid at the poles?

It's known that at the center of an electromagnet/solenoid the magnetic field $B$ is strongest there. At the pole/edge of the solenoid/ or electromagnet is the magnetic field $B$ strong? Let's assume ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to measure the mass of the electron?

I've done a little bit of research and it seems Millikan was able to measure the ratio between the charge of the electron and its mass. But how can one measure one of the two constants to get the ...
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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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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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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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Can an EM wave be represented in terms of dipole?

The direction of propagation is represented by a line. A positive charge moves along this line at velocity c. A negative charge moves along a line that is perpendicular to the direction of propagation ...
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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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Why is there no (time derivative of charge density) in the $B$ field in Jefimenko's equations?

I was going through Griffiths chapter on potentials and fields just to brush up on a few old things. He gets to Jefimenko's equations by this general path: Maxwell's equations Introduce scalar and ...
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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. ...
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Electric field intensity at the center of a small cavity in a large block of polarized dielectric

I'm having trouble with an exercise in my textbook. The question is: Determine the electric field intensity at the center of a small spherical cavity cut out of a large block of dielectric in which a ...
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Manganese has more unpaired electrons than Iron so why is Iron ferromagnetic Manganese paramagnetic?

Manganese has five unpaired electrons, but Iron has four, then why is Iron ferromagnetic and Manganese paramagnetic? What's that property I'm missing?
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How do photons 'connect' during wireless connection

So wireless router broadcasts a signal and then your device searches. So what actually happens when the photons 'meet' it's kind of like saying, 'ah your one of us, so we will follow you, show us the ...
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How to measure faster than light electric energy?

According to relativity,nothing can break light barrier.But a recent preprint shows energy transmission of commercial electric power (f=60Hz) is faster than light. (It is not the drift velocity of ...
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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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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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Are there analogs to resistance, inductance, capacitance, and memristance connecting the weak force to electromagnetism?

A question was asked over at EE.SE recently which I tried to answer, but much of my answer was speculative. I'm hoping someone here can help my ignorance. In electronics design, there are four ...
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What is the difference between an electric and a magnetic field? [closed]

This question is a consequence of another question of mine which is about spin. Here is my spin question. What is the difference between these two fields? How do they occur? Am I right if I say that ...
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Do electric and magnetic lines of force physically exist?

As per my imagination any thing can't impose force on the other by not giving even a touch(i,e action at a distance). So I thought there must be some physical existence of lines of force. Although ...
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Why is the Principle of Superposition true in EM? Does it hold more generally?

In the theory of electromagnetism (EM), why is the principle of superposition true? Can we read it off from Maxwell's equations directly? Does it have any limit of applicability or is it a ...
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Electrons on Stern–Gerlach experiment

My questions about spin and negative charge of electrons. Stern-Gerlach experiment is very famous in order to find spin of electron. this video created by paris-sud university really well-explained on ...
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Why does charge accumulate at points?

This is a very trivial question, but I can't seem to reason it out, again, as to why charges gather at points and edges.
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Is the induced electric field due to time varying magnetic flux always circular?

According to Faraday's law, changing magnetic flux induces an electric field. Is that electric field always circular?
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How & Why does accelerating charges radiate electromagnetic radiation?

Lets consider it case by case: Case 1: Charge particle is at rest. It has electric field around it. No problem. That is its property. Case 2: Charge particle started moving (its accelerating). We ...
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A rod of charge?

Say you have a finite rod of conducting charge. The field from one side of the rod looks like Figure 1: At the centre of the sheet, the field lines are straight because of symmetry. (for an ...
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Questions about Van de Graaff generator

Only asking those questions because I can't afford to get a real generator. If the voltage on the sphere was 50 kV, then I used a metal rod to discharge it and I connected a voltmeter to wire ...
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Electric field from a sheet of charge?

Does anyone have images of the electric field created by a real plate of charge? I'm not looking for an image of a theoretical infinite sheet of charge, I'm looking for an image of a real large one. ...
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Field inside a conductor?

If the above image is a cross section of a conductor, the field at the point shown is not zero. So the field inside a conductor is not zero at all points. You could argue that the electrons would ...
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Different units in the equations of electrostatics in macroscopic media

I have the usual equations of electrostatics in macroscopic media expressed in Gaussian units: $$\nabla\cdot\vec{D}=4\pi\rho$$ $$\nabla\times\vec{E}=0$$ $$\vec{D}=\vec{E}+4\pi\vec{P} \tag1$$ My ...
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Magnitude of magnetic field at the center of circular wire

I'm preparing for an exam by solving the sample questions , here is the one I'm having difficulty with : Following is the given circuit. Which contains two resistance $R_1$ and $R_2$ in form of ...