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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Creation of the Electromagnetic Spectrum [closed]

After seeing this image: http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov/images/EM_Spectrum3-new.jpg And reading this: "The long wavelength limit is the size of the universe itself, while it is thought that the ...
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Do permanent magnets have an electric current surrounding them?

Permanent magnets seems to have different properties to electromagnets, such that electromagnets can be used for induction and energy transfer if a conductor is placed within their changing magnetic ...
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Is this a Lorentz-scalar? How do I tell?

I'm struggling to identify whether a scalar is a Lorentz-scalar. E.g: $$\partial_i A^i \quad i \in {1,2,3}.$$ How do I determine if this is a Lorentz-scalar or not? If got the same problem with ...
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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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Why do magnets vibrate near an AC source?

Why do they vibrate and simply not get pulled closer or further from the source of emf? This may be related to the shape, but if I take a small N45 disc magnet and put it near an electrical ...
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Can Ampere's law be applied to 3D loop

Usually in textbooks Ampere's law is just illustrated using 2D loops which forms a plane. Can the law be applied to 3D loops which cannot form a plane surface within the loop? In a 3D loop which ...
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Are some sources of electromagnetic radiation theoretically (or perhaps technically!) more challenging to detect than others?

In a previous question, I learned that in order to detect an object in space, what matters is how much electromagnetic radiation it is giving off, and what sources of EM radiation the sensor can pick ...
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Two mirrors paradox revisited

If I connect a video camera to a screen, so that whatever is seen by my camera appears on the screen, what do I see when I point it towards the screen itself? Is it, in terms of optics, this ...
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Does $v \cdot B$ carry physically meaning information?

Given two vectors $v$ and $B$, $\frac{v \cdot B}{|B|}$ yields the magnitude of the projection of $v$ onto $B$ and $\frac{|v \times B|}{|B|}$ the magnitude of the rejection of $v$ from $B$. The force ...
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Why is there a magnetic field around a magnet if there are no charges moving? [duplicate]

From what I understand, the magnetic force is just a relativistic effect of the electric force, and I understand how this is can be the case when considering the magnetic field generated by a current- ...
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Why doesn't magnetic forces on current carrying wire depends on relative velocity?

We know that magnetic field arises due to relative velocity of charged particle . Electrons in wire move at very slow drift velocity but relativistic variation of magnetic field doesn't seem to apply ...
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Biot-Savart and Amperes law inconsistentcy

Imagine the situation below where a steady current $I$ goes through the line. The radius of the semicircle is $r$. How do I compute the magnetic flux in the point $P$, marked by a black dot? ...
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Why is Curl of Current Density $\nabla \times \vec{J}$ equal zero?

I am revisiting the derivation for $\nabla \cdot \vec{B} = 0$ in magnetostatics for the field $\vec{B}(\vec{r})$ of a charge $q$ at position $\vec{0}$ with velocity $\vec{v}$. It proceeds like ...
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Is this an example of Parity violation? [duplicate]

I always hear about parity violation in high energy physics, but what about examples in classical physics? Say we have a wire carrying current in the $+x$ direction, thus generating a magnetic field ...
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DC Generator with magnet as rotor

DC generators convert the AC current in them by split ring commutators right and the graph of the current will be like this but the question is how would be the graph if the magnet is the rotor and ...
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Has magnetism been experimentally demonstrated at the quantum level?

I've learned that magnetic fields are generated by electric currents, and that electric current is the motion of electrons and stuff like that. Many textbooks also talk about "point charges" and have ...
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What is the relationship between $V(t)$ and $V(x,y,z)$

I was recently asked this by a friend. He told me that coming from a physics background, he does not understand $V(t)$ and he believes it is purely theoretical construct made up by circuit ...
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Why there is a time gap between the news presenter and the field reporter?

This one has been in my mind for years, but I simply can not find any reason for this event. The Situation Imagine yourself sitting in the living room while watching television. It's 9 p.m and the ...
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Ion Optics: Electric and Magnetic field. A comparison with Light Optics

When we compare ion optics with light optics, normally we consider electric field. For example Snell's law. $n_1\sin\theta_1$=$n_2\sin\theta_2$. When an electron move from one electric potential to ...
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Curl of a vector field with two different systems of coordinates

Let $$\mathbf{H} = H_x \mathbf{u}_x + H_y \mathbf{u}_y + H_z \mathbf{u}_z$$ be a vector field whose components are defined with respect to the unit vectors $\mathbf{u}_x$, $\mathbf{u}_y$ and ...
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How can the electromagnetic stress energy tensor be restricted to flat space-time

The Wikipedia article describing the electromagnetic stress energy tensor seems to suggest that this tensor can only be defined in flat space-time. How is it possible to define an electromagnetic ...
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How to figure out the magnets needed to repulse a given weight?

Given a weight. Is it possible to determine what strength of magnet and what width, length and thickness would be needed in order to repulse that weight a given height? If so, how? To be clear: Two ...
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Why does the induced EMF oppose the change in magnetic flux? Lenz's Law question

Can anyone explain to me why the induced magnetic field will oppose the change in magnetic flux? Is it an energy thing? I know that the induced emf is $$ emf= - \frac{d\phi}{dt} $$ but my book ...
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Maxwell-Faraday Equation and Electric Fields

I have a question regarding, as the title says, this equation: $\nabla \times \textbf{E}=-\frac{\partial \textbf{B}}{\partial{t}}$ So, the above equation says that the curl of an electric field is ...
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How fast does current flow? And the magnetic field? [closed]

A conductor carries 10 Amps, and generates a magnetic field $B$. How fast does it take for that current to flow from the wire throughout the entire circuit? And how fast does it take for the ...
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Does the transmission axis matter for sending polarized light through polarized glass?

If I have polarized light and I send through only one polarized glass plane, does the transmission axis matter, or will the intensity be halved no matter what.
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Integration constants in Maxwell's equations (ambiguousness?)

In classical electrodynamics, if the electric field (or magnetic field, either of the two) is fully known (for simplicity: in a vacuum with $\rho = 0, \vec{j} = 0$), is it possible to unambiguously ...
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Is it possible to detect fake Tungsten aka Wolfram gold bars with a strong magnet?

Tungsten aka Wolfram is paramagnetic so it is weakly attracted to magnets. A guy devised the following to test for Tungsten in gold bars: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foELQ7T8_90 But he is using ...
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Does there exist a single plate capacitor(conductor)?

Does there exist a single plate capacitor(conductor)? if yes How will you define the capacitance and potential(difference) of such conductor?
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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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Rubbing a rod with silk?

Rubbing a glass rod with silk causes charges to be exchanged and consequently both objects get charged. Why do the objects have to be "rubbed"? I get that one has a stronger pull on the electrons ...
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Why do waves diffract?

There have already been a lot of questions on this site on diffraction but I still believe this one might be slightly different. In electromagnetic waves, diffraction and any other phenomenon of wave ...
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Derivation of Lagrangian density for an infinite classical dielectric in interaction with the EM field

I am tasked with reading and reproducing all the steps in J.J. Hopfield's 1958 paper "Theory of the Contribution of Excitons to the Complex Dielectric Constant of Crystals". Embarrassingly I am stuck ...
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Coefficients of capitance

In my syllabus about electromagnetism, they introduce the coefficients of capacitance by stating that, if we have $n$ conductors enclosed by linear dielectrics, then we can write 'because of ...
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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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Gauge theory in classical electromagnetism

I understand gauge theory as the theory of continuous transformation group which keeps Lagrangian (or dynamics) invariant. So some integral invariants could be found. In terms of classical ...
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On the atomic level how do permanent magnets work? [duplicate]

How do magnets work on the atomic level? Is there current inside the magnet?
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How is momentum conserved when a magnet attracts a metal?

Suppose your have any magnetic object and no external force acts upon it, and the object comes near a metal which causes an impulse (think that will happen). However, the magnetic force is internal to ...
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Transformer: primary side & secondary side current 180 degree out of phase

I am a novice in electrical engineering. I notice that in transformer the secondary side current & current referred to as primary are 180 degree out of phase from each other. But why it is so, I ...
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Accelerated charged particles produce electromagnetic radiation, but holes (the charge carriers) do not. Is this correct?

Holes are treated as particles in solid-state physics, so I've had some trouble with reasoning through this properly.
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Electromagnetic wave propagation through two lossless dielectrics

In Elements of Electromagnetics (Sadiku, 3rd edition, Section 10.8), the author says to consider two lossless dielectric materials joined at an interface $z=0$. Here two lossless dielectric materials ...
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Direction of the Area Vector (with regards to magnetic dipole)

I'm learning about torque on a conductive coil in a magnetic field. I have been taught that $\vec\tau = \vec\mu \times \vec{B}$, where $\vec\mu$ is the magnetic dipole moment. Also, $\mu = ...
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Do magnets lose their magnetism/force when they attract/repel each other?

So yea, if two magnets attract/repel multiple times(A LOT) will they lose their magnetism? If they don't break during the whole process?
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Faraday's law in a ring

What role does the induced emf in Faraday's law play in generating current in a ring in which the magnetic flux is changing ?
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Are electrons moving? If so relative to whom? and why is there no magnetic field?

electrons on earth moving with us, due to rotation of earth, revolution of earth, sun and our galaxy right? Then, why is there no magnetic field around a piece of copper wire?
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Field energy of/from virtual Photons

I have a slightly out-of line question: Consider a single electron (or it's current if you please) The STATIC ELECTROMAGNETIC field surrounding it will (no doubt) have a field energy (T) to go with. ...
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In which of the above figures will the light bulb be glowing?

What is principle of solution behind this induction problem (problem 29)? The problem can be find in here (problem 29). Problem is: The five separate figures below involve a cylindrical magnet and ...
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So do I use this Lorentz's law or which law do I use?

I have difficulty understanding exercise 24 in this document: Two parallel wires I and II that are near each other carry currents i and 3i both in the same direction. Compare the forces that the ...
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Extract energy from magnets

Is it possible to "extract" energy from a magnet, making it lose its magnetism? Or, to put in another way, is magnetism a form of energy? (I am not talking about potential energy in a magnetic field). ...
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Would someone who is only interested in string theory benefit from working out the problems in Jackson electrodynamics?

This is a soft question. I'm not sure if it is appropriate for this site. Would someone who is only interested in string theory benefit from working out the problems in Jackson electrodynamics? I ...