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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Does Faraday's law work both ways, and if so why don't we use d.c for a generator?

Faraday's law in the integral form can be stated as $V = -d\Phi/dt$, where the right-hand side represents the rate of change of the magnetic flux and the left the voltage difference. In other words, a ...
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How to find the direction of an eddy current?

Suppose there is a magnetic field going from left to right. Suppose a thin sheet of metal conductor (e.g. a 1m*1m square) is dropped through the magnetic field such that the plane of the conductor is ...
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Reaching equilibrium in a blackbody and light-matter interaction

Suppose we have a metallic cavity maintained at a fixed temperature. Suppose we start with any distribution of radiation that is not in equilibrium with the container. Gradually, when the equilibrium ...
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Why do we use gauges in Maxwell equation?

While solving the Maxwell's equation we often use the Lorenz or Coulomb gauge, but why is that? Are the equations unsolvable if the gauge is not fixed? Or is it just for the simplicity?
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Magnetic field of a current loop on a boundary between materials

How can I find the magnetic field of a current loop on a flat boundary between two materials given their magnetic permeabilities $μ_1$ and $μ_2$ and a field $\overline{H_0}(\overline{r})$ which the ...
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Right hand solenoid example

I am just studying for my physics final exam. I came across this example and am not satisfied with the answer. My answer is that Z is South and the current would flow from Y to X because of the ...
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Electric field due to a time and space varying current density?

Let us say I have a current density: $$\vec J\equiv\vec J(\vec r, t)$$ This will produce both a time varying magnetic field and a net charge density. Both these effects produce an electric field. If ...
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Scalar and Vector Potential

I am a physics undergraduate student currently studying electromagnetics. I have previously studied electrostatics and magnetostatics yet the concept of scalar potential, $V$ and the vector potential, ...
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Nature Of Bulb Glowing In Parallel LR circuit with bulbs

In the given circuit the switch is initially closed and then opened after some considerable time.Then which bulb will stop glowing first? Which bulb will glow more brightly?Why ? .After opening ...
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Net magnetic field in a loop

The Ampere's law states that the net magnetic field in a loop is proportional only to the current inside the loop. So if we calculate the net magnetic field in figure 1 and figure 2 we would obtain ...
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What are the differences between the differential and integral forms of (e.g. Maxwell's) equations?

I would like to understand what has to be differential and integral form of the same function, for example the famous equations of James Clerk Maxwell: How to know where to apply each way? Excuse ...
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Mechanism by which a capacitor is charged, using surface charges

I want to gain a deeper understanding as to how a capacitor actually gets charged. Consider a situation in which an uncharged parallel plate capacitor is connected to a battery using two wires. I ...
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How come light waves don't get caught and absorbed by the electrons of oxygen atoms in the in air?

Shouldn't air be opaque since instead of coming into our eye, the lightwaves get caught in the electrons? If oxygen does absorb light waves, how come air is not hot and you can see through it? The way ...
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Tensor notation of Maxwell's equations

Tensor notation of Maxwell's equation read So when we explicitly try to find the Maxwell's equation from the above tensor equation we only get gauss law and curl of B. The div.B=0 and curl of E are ...
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How is the current flow perpendicular to the wire?

This answer gives a great explanation of how surface charge builds up to force the current to move perpendicular to the wire: http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/102936/41086 However, it fails to ...
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How do i calculate the “attenuation effect” that of a perforated aluminum sheet?

I am conducting an experiment test different configuration of perforated aluminum sheets. I am working with radio waves but i am having am hard time finding any equations or properties for this ...
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Is electromotive force really a force? [duplicate]

As far the definition goes emf of electromotive force is basically potential difference. It even has dimensions of potential. Then why is it called a force?
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surface charge on a resistive wire in dc circuit

I want to understand how does the energy transfered from battery to the resistor in a simple dc circuit . I readed that it is due to the surface charge the battery creats on the wire . So why this ...
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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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Zero electric field in empty region of hollow conductor

A hollow conducting shell having a net charge of +Q has a point charge -Q placed at its centre. From the diagram, it looks like Suppose the radius of the inner shell from the origin is a and the ...
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How does the magnetic field get induced in car's tire?

I was amazed to see how my car's tire started attracting the nuts and bolts, how in the world did it induce the magnetic field? Never heard of such phenomena!!!
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Induced current for conjoined loops in varying magnetic field

How do we calculate the emf and the current induced in two loops of wire, that have a portion in common between them? The specific example we had solved in class is: The left side loop is a square ...
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Does a rotating electric field vector (in circular light) moves slower than the speed of light?

We can imagine circular light as a combination of two rotating vectors moving through space: the electric field vector that´s rotating together in sync with the magnetic field vector. As the vector ...
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Landau Levels and Magnetic length

I am looking into Landau Levels and keep coming across a magnetic length defined as follows for a 2D system: $l_B=\sqrt{\frac{\hbar c}{e B}}$ I have seen numerous sources say this is: $l_B\approx ...
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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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Can the Earth's magnetic field be used to generate electricity?

Since the Earth has a magnetic field, can it, in theory, be run through a conductive metal coil to create electricity?
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Can light be a spinor?

A recent discovery suggests that photons can have half-integer spins. This seems to contradict the well understood notion that photons are vector (1-form) fields What does this mean for the ...
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Can circular light be produced with more than one vector, tracing out multi stranded strand helixes in space? [closed]

Is it possible to construct circular light with more than one vector tracing out a one strand helix in space? For example, circular light with two vectors in opposite directions (on the same line), ...
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The velocity of the charged particle in the magnetic field [duplicate]

Enrico Fermi considered that moving charged particle gains energy in the magnetic field, so its velocity increases. According to the Lorentz Law $\vec F=q\vec v\times\vec B$. Work is $A=\vec ...
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Maximum electric field of a circular ring

How do you differentiate the equation for electric field of uniform ring $$ E_x = \frac{kxQ}{(x^2+r^2)^{3/2}} $$to get the maximum at a point? My book says $x = \frac{r}{\sqrt2}$. I tried ...
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Reference frequency

In my experiment, I have to obtain a relation between magnetic field of a solenoid and the applied Vp-p. The setup is as follows. http://www.teachspin.com/instruments/faraday/ Does my choice of ...
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Where are the poles in a magnetic field generated by a current carrying straight conductor?

Consider the magnetic field generated by a straight current carrying conductor. Where are the poles?
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Why doesn't the group velocity of a plasma EM wave equal the phase velocity here?

For plasma EM waves we have the dispersion relation $$\omega^2=\omega_p^2+c^2k^2$$ where the plasma frequency $$\omega_p^2=\frac{n_e e^2}{\epsilon_0 m_e}$$ One can show that $v_p v_g=c^2$, i.e., the ...
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Voltmeters and changing magnetic fields

A changing magnetic field pierces the interior of a circuit containing three identical resistors. Two voltmeters are connected to the same points, as shown. V1 reads 1 mV. What does V2 read? ...
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B field of an EM pulse

I am trying to find the B field associated with the following E field (to eventually find the effect it has on a charged particle): $$E(\vec{x},t)= \Re[E_0(z-ct)]e^{ik_0(z-ct)}$$ Where $E_0$ is an ...
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Force of a solenoid on a ferromagnetic material

As I was trying to find an answer to another problem, I was informed that the equation I was using would not work. The equation I was using was $$F = (NI)^2\mu_0\frac{\text{Area}}{2g^2}$$ If this ...
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What is the effective spring rate of a magnetic spring

Consider a magnetic spring as seen on this YouTube video, but ignore gravity. If I wanted to calculate the effective spring rate (Force vs. Deflection) curve for the top magnet, how would I go by ...
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Does a source of photon emission “sense” if the photon is absorbed? [closed]

Can the absorption of a photon be 'felt' by the source that emitted it? At least, if we assume that it emits a steady stream of photons? Is there a back reaction of some kind on the source?
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Magnetostatic field inside a wire and current density

Right now I'm studying magnetostatics an I ran across a problem when trying to understand a question in a book witch led me to thing that the steady-state current density inside a wire is not ...
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Does charge injection from electrodes increases the total charge in a (semi)conductive channel?

When a (semi)conductor is connected to a voltage bias, charge is injected from the electrodes. When steady state is reached (constant current flow), does the total charge in the (semi)conductor is ...
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What are the boundary conditions for EM waves normally incident on the interface between two dielectric media?

An EM wave, amplitude $E_0$, frequency $\omega_0$, is incident upon a material with relative permittivity (dielectric function) $$\varepsilon \left( z \right) = \left\{ \begin{gathered}{\varepsilon ...
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Using 2 pair of like pole magnet side by side will increase magnetic field?

I would like to know if using two pairs of magnets with like poles side by side will strengthen the magnetic field? As I understand, placing 2 pair of magnetic with like poles side by side will dry ...
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How does always the magnetic field lag the elctric field in a conductor?

In conductor, the relation between the phase of the magnetic field $\delta_B$ and that of the electric field $\delta_E$ is given by $$\delta_B-\delta_E=\tan^{-1}(\frac{\beta}{\alpha})$$ where $\alpha$ ...
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Is Biot-Savart law obtained empirically or can it be derived?

There's already a question like this here so that my question could be considered duplicate, but I'll try to make my point clear that this is a different question. Is there a way to derive ...
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Magnetic field in-between two antiparallel wires with the same current

If I have two antiparallel wires with the same current at distance $2a$ apart from each other, how would I go about modeling the magnetic field in between the wires? I know the fields will add but I'm ...
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Levitation inside a solenoid

Is it possible to levitate something inside a solenoid? If yes, is it possible in any direction (horizontal, vertical)? Also, is it possible when an object is traveling through? Thanks in advance!
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Induced current in open circuit and closed circuit

In a closed circuit, electric current is induced so as to oppose the changing magnetic flux as per conservation of energy. However, in open circuit, emf is induced across its ends. How it is related ...
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Dielectric boundary

I am trying to determine why electric field may be confined to a certain region if there is a large difference in the permitivity for example if electric field flows through water and then reaches a ...
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Forces on a wire moving in a magnetic field?

When a wire is placed inside a magnetic field and current starts to flow in that wire, that wire experiences the Lorentz force = $IL \times B$ and beings to move. Aside from induced motional - ...
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Do we use rms values or peak value for calculating power of a transformer?

Do we use rms values or peak value for calculating power of a transformer? I have an A levels exam tomorrow and I wasn't able to find any kind of explanation in the book.