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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Experimentally finding units of physical quantity?

Say you had a new physical quantity you wanted to determine the units for. How do you go about this? For the strength of an electromagnet for example, you could carry out a simple experiment like the ...
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Electromagnet experiment

I was reading about an experiment on cyberphysics.co.uk. You set up a circuit as follows: Then: The current through the circuit is varied while the number of turns of wire around the iron nail ...
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How to use Ampere's Law for a semi-infinite wire with current?

Suppose that there is a semi-infinite wire which extends to infinity only in one direction. There are no other circuit elements at the other end(finite end) of the wire and the current does not loop. ...
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Can Maxwell's Equations explain electromagnetic radiation emission in an atom?

Can Maxwell's equations be used to explain the process of spontaneous emission when an electron drops from a higher energy level to a lower energy level? According the Maxwell equations, a changing ...
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Question about particles in electric fields. Homework question

I am currently working on a homework question and I realized that I don't really understand some of the material that we covered so I hoped that you guys can help me clear up some misunderstandings. ...
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The energy contribution of a frequency at finite temperature

This is from a paper I'm reading: Since each frequency contributes $\hbar \omega/2$ of energy (or at finite temperature, $\hbar \omega /2 \coth(\hbar\omega/2kT)$), we can find the energies for the ...
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Does Earth also move due to some electrostatic forces?

Does the earth experience some electrostatic forces due to other planets...which also make it move? My question is..whether the earth also moves due to electrostatic force of attraction or only due ...
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What is the difference between Right Hand Palm Rule, Fleming's Right Hand Thumb Rule and Fleming's Left Hand Thumb Rule?

I dont understand in what scenarios are the three rules applied and are any two of them similar or are they all different?
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Magnetic Levitation : Confusion with Lenz's Law

Considering the above diagram, I am failing to see why the aluminium ring floats upwards rather than oscillates. I understand Faraday's law, but I am struggling with Lenz's law - as there is an ...
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Derivatives of Fields in E&M

In QED the field strength tensor $F_{\mu\nu}$ is given by the commutator of the covariant derivatives $$D_\mu=\partial_\mu-ieA_\mu$$ where $A_\mu$ is the gauge field. Explicitly we have ...
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Is it true that the self-force prevents a classical particle from falling into a Coulomb potential? What is the physical explanation of this result? [closed]

In 1943 CJ Eliezer published a paper claiming that the self-force prevents a zero angular momentum particle from ever reaching the center of an attractive Coulomb potential (and what's more that it ...
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Magnetic monopoles and special relativity

I was thinking about magnetism as a product of special relativity and the result of this approach to the magnetic monopoles. So if magnetism is a product of electricity(like electricity from another ...
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Bar magnet dropped through coil

If you have drop a bar magnet through a coil so that it goes all the way through I was told the graph of emf induced in the coil vs time looks something like this: (emf induced is on y axis, time ...
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Faraday and Lenz's laws

in my revision guide it gives the equation for Faraday's law as $$\text{induced emf} = N\frac{\Delta \phi}{\Delta t}$$ while the one for Lenz's law is given $$\text{induced ...
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Calculating the potential of 2 spherical perfect conductors with the image method

I am searching for a way to calculate the potential on the surface of two perfect conductors that are spheres. I am not sure my method is correct. Here is a diagram of what I am studying : They ...
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Conducting rod moving through magnetic field

If a conducting rod moves through a magnetic field which way do its electrons move? In my revision guide it shows the following picture (more or less, but the following is my drawing of it -- I ...
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Interacting magnetic fields

Is there a reason why two magnetic fields perpendicular to each other do not interact? If they are parallel or at a non-90 degree angle they interact. Is it because magnetic field lines can be viwed ...
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What is space charge and how to calculate it?

I want to clarify the meaning of space charge. What I know is that the space charge is the total charge in a small region in space. I really confuse this in the ion beam context. Many text book says ...
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What is the gravitational effect inside a electromagnetic shield due to an external electromagnetic field?

I am new in General Relativity. I know that electromagnetic field (or, the electromagnetic energy tensor, $T^{ik}=1/4\pi[1/4F_{mn}F^{mn}g^{ik}-F^i_lF^{lk}]$) can affect gravitation. Now if we take a ...
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Second-order correction in Quantum-Confined Stark effect

In the wikipedia article, there is a second-order correction in the Quantum-Confined Stark Effect. I could not understand how it was solved. I did not understand the meaning of 2(0) and 1(0) and how I ...
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Does heating an electromagnet cause change in its magnetic field?

Does heating an electromagnet cause change in its magnetic field as well and vice versa?
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Is it possible to pass electric current through magnet without affecting it?

Suppose we have a row of $5$ electromagnets, with a copper wire connecting them. Is it possible to create magnetic field in the $4^{th}$ magnet without affecting the $1^{st}$,$2^{nd}$,$3^{rd}$ and ...
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Cryptic remark in physics revision guide

I am currently revising for my AP physics and I couldn't understand one of the end-of-section summary notes. It says: "Remember that the direction of magnetic field is from North to South, and that ...
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Do the relations between E/B and D/H contain higher order multipole terms?

Jackson writes in section 1.4 (third edition) that \begin{align*} D_\alpha &= \epsilon_0 E_\alpha + \left(P_\alpha - \sum_\beta \frac{\partial Q'_{\alpha\beta}}{\partial x_\beta} + \ldots \right) ...
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Do changing magnetic fields always produce solenoidal electric fields?

Since the curl of E is the time derivative of B, $\nabla \times \vec{E} = -\frac{\partial B}{\partial t}$ Do changing magnetic fields always produce solenoidal electric fields? For instance a ...
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Transition from 4-potential to E and B [closed]

In my lecture notes there is a step that i cannot follow: $$\frac{i}{2}[\gamma^{\mu},\gamma^{\nu}] (\partial_{\mu}A_{\nu}-\partial_{\nu}A_{\mu})=: \sigma^{\mu\nu}F_{\mu\nu}=i\vec{\alpha} ...
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Magnet gyroscopic force spin

I was wondering whether a magnet exerts any measurable gyroscopic effects. I understand that magnetism is caused by alignment of spins of electrons which have angular momentum. (I realise that that ...
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Electric field or static electric field around a plugged-in lamp cord (when lamp is not turned on)?

When an electrical cord from, say, a lamp, is plugged into an AC wall socket, I'm aware that an electric field forms around the entire length of the cord and even before the lamp switch is flipped on. ...
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What is the meaning of EM field having curl?

We know that the "sourceful" fields like gravity or electric static field due to charge are all curl=0. But both E/M fields have curl and they mutually "curling" into each other, making them kind of ...
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Faraday's Law: Current loop and proton

A single circular loop of wire with radius R carries a large clockwise current I(loop)=I0, which constrains a proton of mass M and charge e to travel in a small circle of radius r at constant speed ...
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Direction of emf and it's physical sense? [duplicate]

I have a situation where there exist a time varying magnetic field and a circular loop place perpendicular to it. Let us assume that the magnetic field is $\vec B=\frac{B_0 t}{\tau}$ . I tried to ...
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Is there an electric field in the direction of a uniform current?

In an infinite plane where uniform current is passing through,is there any electric field? Because i know that charge produces an electric field but in a uniform current and because it is an infinite ...
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Poincaré' lemma and EM potential $A^{\mu}$

My lecturer said that given the sourceless Maxwell's equations $$ \partial_{\mu}\, ^ *F^{\mu\nu} = 0 $$, we can find a solution $$ F^{\mu\nu} = \partial_{\mu}A_{\nu} - \partial_{\nu}A_{\mu},$$ that ...
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Is it possible to defy the earths magnetic field, allowing you to hover? [duplicate]

I am just trying to figure out that if you can defy the Earths magnetic field, allowing you to hover. Some friends and I have theorized that if you put on heavy-weight magnets, and add an electronic ...
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Difference between electric and magnetic field (relating to EEG & MEG)

I study cognitive neuroscience and I periodically run into physics related questions in the context of neuroimaging technologies. My question specifically refers to electric and magnetic fields that ...
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Could the 4 Forces Split Off or “Decay” into Other Forces in the Distant Future? [duplicate]

From my basic understanding of popular-level physics articles and books and such, the 4 forces (Electromagnetism, Gravity, Strong and Weak Force) used to be 1 force in the early universe, then split ...
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What's the difference between “Ohmic dissipation”, “Joule heating”, “ion drag” and “resistive heating”?

The following terms are sometimes used to refer to ... more or less ... the same thing by different people and in different contexts (electronic circuits vs. plasma physics, etc.): Ohmic ...
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What exactly is NASA's proposed mechanism for “propellantless” “EM Drive” propulsion? [duplicate]

Of course, this question runs perilously close to this site's prohibition against discussing non-mainstream physics. However, the accepted answer in meta about what is acceptable and what is not ...
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Do electric sinusidal waves rotate 45 degrees too when light pass through a hollow cylindrical magnet or just the sinusoidal magnetic waves do that?

Do electric sinusoidal waves rotate 45 degrees too when light pass through a hollow cylindrical magnet or just the sinusoidal magnetic waves do that?
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Meissner effect and levitation

In a field less than critical field, decreasing the temperature below the critical temperature will eliminate the magnetic field inside a superconductor and increase the magnetic field around it. ...
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AC current through induction on both sides

When you rotate a coil in a magnetic field one side cuts downwards the other cuts upwards. When you move a piece of wire up and down you get an AC current or pdf which you can see on a voltmeter as ...
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Is current in superconductors infinite? If they have 0 resistance then I (V/R) should be infinite? [duplicate]

I learned many years ago that according to Ohm's law, current is equal to voltage divided by resistance. Now if superconductors have zero resistance then the current should be infinite. Moreover the ...
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Calculating potential difference for fraction of loop with induced current

Given a circular wire loop of radius r, resistance R enclosing a magnetic field perpendicular to the plane of the loop that increases with time ($B=\alpha t$), I have calculated the induced current ...
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Planck's postulate for oscillators or for light?

I know that Planck originally postulated that the energy of an oscillator in a black body was quantised to $E=nh\nu$ but did he know at the time that this meant the energy of light was also quantised ...
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Ground State energy as a function of $N$ and $B$, $E_0(N,B)$

The one-particle Hamiltonian is given by: $$\hat{H}=\frac{1}{2m}\left(p+\frac{e}{c}A\right)^2$$ where $p=\hbar\vec{k}$ with $e > 0$ and vector potential $A=(0,x,0)B$, such $B=\triangledown ...
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Polarisation states in 1d?

I am working through a derivation of the spectral energy density in a 1d cavity. The derivation says that the number of modes (per unit volume) in a frequency interval $dv$ is given by: $$g(\nu)d\nu ...
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Can we use the geomagnetic field to power something? [duplicate]

My question might sound idiotic, but I could not help it: Can we harness the earth's geomagnetic field to repel another magnet in such a way that we can get some motion out of it?
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Perpetual motion in electric dipole restricted to a circular path with a charge at the centre

This problem is from Griffith's Introduction to Electrodynamics (4th Ed.), Problem 4.31. A point charge $Q$ is "nailed down" on a table. Around it, at radius $R$, is a frictionless circular ...
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Applying Schrodinger equation to find the energies of a free electron model in a metal [closed]

The one-particle Hamiltonian is given by $$\hat{H}=\frac{1}{2m}\left(p+\frac{e}{c}A\right)$$ with $e > 0$ and vector potential $A=(0,x,0)B$, such $B=\triangledown \times A=(0,0,B)$ Question: "I ...
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electromagnetic losses at conductor interface at high frequencies??

Skin depth effect reminder When an electromagnetic wave arrives at a conductor interface of conductivity $\sigma$ , most of it is reflected back. Only a small fraction penetrates as an evanescent ...