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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Induced EMF, additive to conductor's closed circuit?

Assume the following conductor, with current flowing, powered from a source $S$: Now, I've introduced a magnetic field($B) to the conductor covering a small area of it like so: The change in ...
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Magnetic field re-routing

Can a magnetic field be directed in a particular direction, that is re-route it, such that the magnetic field comes out in only one direction?
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Why are excess charges in a conductor at the surface?

I’ve been told that coulomb repulsion pushes excess electrons to the surface of a conductor (i.e. sphere) electrostatic equilibrium, and this symmetry causes the net electric field inside to be zero. ...
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How to describe frequency spectrum with samples?

I posted this same question in math, but nobody is answering, so I thought I'd give a try here too... To me the question is pretty straightforward, but nevertheless I have to explain its background ...
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Why do Superconductors make Magnetic Fields Bend Away

When superconductors reach their "threshold temperature" their electrical resistance turns 0. This makes the magnetic field lines not pass through the superconductor but instead bend itself around it ...
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What are the interpretations of ampere's circuital law for a single moving electron?

I understand from Ampere's circuital law that when a current passes though any open surface with a boundary (a circular boundary, for simplicity), then limit of summation of the scalar products of ...
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Gravitomagnetic railgun

Would a gravitomagnetic analogue of a railgun work as expected, in theory? Consider replacing the electric currents on each rail with mass currents. Then place a mass between the rails, moving with ...
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An electric motor that does not reverse current flow

If an electric motor did not reverse the direction of its current every half-turn, what would be observed in the armature? Would it spin from left to right clockwise, then spin back anti-clockwise ...
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is it possible to get an object to travel over 200 mph with magnets [closed]

Is it possible by magnetic forces to cause a certain material to travel at speeds over 5000 mph<>?
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Why is magnetic field perpendicular to that plane?

Magnetic field is perpendicular to the plane containing direction of flow of current in a straight wire and radius vector.What I have been told is that,to explain lorentz force magnetic field was ...
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The truest/most general Maxwell's equations in isotropic, linear, inhomogeneous media with sources

Sources use $\mu H=B$ and $\epsilon E= D$, assuming homogeneous media. Obviously if $\mu$ is space varying, $\nabla . (\mu H)$ need not be equal to $\nabla . B$ What is the most general form for ...
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Correlation of magnetic field range to induced current?

If a magnetic field($B$) is increased in range(size of coverage,or flux area is larger)at the same strength, would there be higher output of current if there is a conductor with velocity($v$) passing ...
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Poisson Spot vs. Shadows

In textbooks, whenever I read about the Poisson spot, it involves a disk, and having light waves diffract around it and interfere constructively in the center. At the same time, when I read about ...
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Can the fundamental dimension of Electric Charge be Mass only? [closed]

After solving dimensions of electrical equations, I found out that the fundamental dimension of Electric charge is mass only. This also leads to the derivation of dimensions of other Electrical units ...
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Method of calculating eddy currents of a conductor, is this correct?

I have a conductor with volume $V$, passing a magnetic field($B$) with velocity($v$): I'm trying to calculate the Eddy currents to figure out the magnitude of the drag force($F_d$) generated the ...
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Developing an analytic equation set for a complicated solenoid

So, I'm a bit stumped by this. I've been asked to develop an analytic function for the magnetic field of a complicated axisymmetric solenoid with free parameters to be determined by making a fit ...
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Electromagnetic transfer function

In a paper on the superlens, I came across the term of "transfer function". I understand that the transfer function relates the output to a given input, but I've been unable to find a formula for the ...
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The role of amplitude, frequency, and intensity in mechanical vs. EM waves

As far as I know (correct me if I’m wrong), for a mechanical wave (e.g. sound), the frequency determines the pitch, the amplitude determines the loudness, and the amplitude is proportional to the ...
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Physical cause of Negative Permittivity

What is the physical cause behind a material having a negative real part of its dielectric function? Given the complex permittivity, $\epsilon(\omega)=\epsilon(\omega)'+i\epsilon(\omega)''$, the Drude ...
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Why can't two charged particles know about each other's presence instantaneously?

Why can't two charged particles know about each other's presence instantaneously? Does such a state of affairs produce contradictory or counter intuitive results?
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is there any element or material that ionized when pressure is applied to it?

I want to know if there is any material, that produce free electrons and ions when it undergoes to high pressure.
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Two equal charges accelerating parallel to each other

Let's say constant acceleration for simplicity. Ignore possible logistic concerns, such as what is accelerating them or how they stay in path. Lets just assume they are in a conduit made of a solid ...
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Does charge bend spacetime like mass? [duplicate]

Does charge bend spacetime like mass? I'm not asking if electromagnetic forces can be described geometrically, but if EM fields could correspond to particular curvatures of spacetime, like gravity ...
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I need a book to deeply understand electromagnetism [duplicate]

i am an electrical engineer and i want a deeper understanding of electromagnetism, something beyond the equations, i am looking for something the "Theoretical Minimum" book but for electromagnetism. ...
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Transfer function of a space varying wave equation

$$\frac{\partial ^2 \psi}{\partial x^2}-\mu \epsilon \frac{\partial ^2 \psi}{\partial t^2}-\mu \sigma \frac{\partial \psi}{\partial t}=0$$ Is the wave electromagnetic wave equation in lossy, source ...
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Gradient in the Frenet-Serret coordinate

I was simply thinking that the gradient in the Frenet-Serret coordinate at a particular point is similar to the gradient in the Cartesian coordinate. I simply assumed that Frenet space is an ...
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How can magnetic fields have energy and yet be unable to do work with that energy? [duplicate]

Magnetic fields can't do work. However, we use the following equation to describe the energy density of a magnetic field. $u = \frac{B^2}{2\mu_0}$ The term energy density suggests that the magnetic ...
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Recommended books that describe emission and absorption of light and light/matter interactions

Hello I am a Chemical Engineer that has ventured into the field of optics and I was wondering if there is any recommended book/books to understand the maths and also some answered exercises or ...
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Magnetic field due to current carrying sheet

I have 2 infinite plates (x direction) with the width of A (y direction) and the distance between them is d (z direction). The current density is J on the first plate and -J on the second (the ...
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Why the whole wire moves when lorentz force acts?

We know that magnitute of lorentz force is directly proportional to the current in the current carrying wire. But since the force is acting on the charges,shouldn't they get exited or thrown out when ...
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How it is predicted, that a moving charge has to have a magnetic field?

This question appears after this comment: Even electric charges without intrinsic magnetic dipoles moments produce magnetic fields when they move. My respons: All electric charges (electron, ...
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Do moving charges produce magnetic fields?

As I understand it, a moving charge produces a magnetic field. Now it may be that I have have a misunderstanding here and if so I need to have the proper understanding of this. So if I do have a ...
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“X-rays”, “gamma rays”, “sun rays”… But electromagnetic waves are NOT rays and DO NOT consist of rays?

In a separate question I'm struggling to figure out the nature of EM waves. But it's a vast topic and I'm trying to narrow it down to small specific questions. It turns out that all electromagnetic ...
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How does an inductor store magnetic energy?

I am trying to figure out what the potential energy of an inductor with a current really means. In a capacitor, the energy stored works like this: if you let the plates attract each other, before ...
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Is the wobbly rope depiction of a radio wave inherently wrong? And how do vectors of parallel waves align with each other?

I don't have a scientific education, yet I'm scientifically curious. Among other things, I'm struggling to understand the nature of electromagnetic waves. What I have recently realized is that the ...
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solving an electromagnetic problem in the frequency domain

I study a course in electromagnetic fields and I don't understand why when I solve a problem in the frequency domain I lose the transient solution. can anyone show me mathematically why does it ...
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Do electrostatic fields really obey “action at a distance”?

In an electromagnetic theory class, my professor introduced the concept of "action at a distance in physics". He said that: If two charges are at some very large distance, and if any one of the ...
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How can electric and magnetic fields have any component in the direction of propagation of electromagnetic waves?

In case of waveguides we talk about $E$ and $H$ having non zero component in the direction of propagation of wave. But the entire basis of EMW is that $E$ and $H$ are perpendicular to the direction of ...
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Is gravity weak negative electric charge? [duplicate]

This could be true since the both have infinite range and other common properties. They both have fields.
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How is light slowing down in a medium thought of in the photon picture? [duplicate]

The speed of light in any medium besides vacuum is smaller than $c$. In a classical way, I just look at that as a wave that propagates less fast, the change in EM-field is passed on slower. How should ...
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Is internal resistance relevant in motional EMF?

When a conductor passes a magnetic field and connected to a circuit, the induced voltage is calculated via the motional EMF($\epsilon$): $$\epsilon=-vBL$$ Is the conductor's resistance (or internal ...
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How can radiation be a transverse wave? Does light really resemble a rope? How can a 3D field be a medium for non-spatial 1D waves? Need mental model

I understand longitudinal waves. For example, I've got a clear mental modal of air waves: a slice of air becomes overcompressed, then the slice next to it becomes overcompressed and the first slice ...
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Could electromagnetic charge curve something like spacetime in analogy with general relativity? [duplicate]

Newtonian gravity and electrostatics have the same form; this analogy is extended when we look at full dynamic electromagnetism, and correspondingly "gravitomagnetism". We are quite capable of ...
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Question about Elon Musk's Hyperloop Suspension [closed]

So one of the proposed suspension systems that will be used on the hyperloop include the externally pressurised air cushions. These cushions lift (or atleast help lift) the capsule and reduce drag ...
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Physical meaning of wavelength of a EM Wave

The wavelength of a wave is defined as the spatial separation after which it repeats its shape. It is easy to visualize it for one dimension but if we consider a light wave/EM wave which is ...
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question about Gauss law

If I have an infinite plate with the surface charge of sigma. I know that my electric field is constant $2\pi\sigma$ (using Gauss's law). If I build the Gaussian surface above the plate the charge ...
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Force of electromagnet on a wire [closed]

I'm trying to produce an equation for the force produced by an electromagnet on a wire. I'm very aware I don't know any vector calculus but I think as it's the special case (Perpendicular) I can just ...
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Electric Motors: why do they draw more current when stalled, and less when moving? [duplicate]

I'm familiar with how an electric motor works, and also familiar with what stall current and free current refers to in an electric motor. I'm also somehow familiar with the notions of energy being ...
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Resource for mass-charge interaction

My GR professor mentioned that trajectories of charged particles in GR are not the same as those of non-charged particles (i.e. charged particles don't move on geodesics). As I understood it, the ...
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Can you depict the electron's electromagnetic field?

I've had a number of discussions with individuals about electromagnetism. A recurring issue concerns the distinction between field and force, and seems to be associated with the lack of unification in ...