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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Resistance in A.C. circuits

Why do electromagnets offer maximum resistance in A.C. circuits?
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EMF produced by mutual induction

In the phenomenon of mutual induction, when primary coil is connected to an A.C. suppy, does the induced EMF in secondary coil also keeps changing with the changing magnetic flux?
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Induced Current in a wire

I am just surprised why EMF and Current are not induced in an unclosed wire. I know Maxwell's equation is only defines closed integral. But it doesn't means that it is not generated in a unclosed ...
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induced Current I

I am working with the Problem which I've seen in a book. That Problem was : Direction of induced current I can't find any meaningful explanation for this problem in any source. So, I am working with ...
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How can one meaningfully say that one field generates the other in an EM-wave?

This is a follow up question to: Do the electric and magnetic components of an electromagnetic wave really generate each other? Clearly there are nuances of how one states the "mutual induction" ...
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Surely force on shell can't be balanced by field momentum?

Imagine a particle with charge $q$ at rest at the origin. It is surrounded by a concentric spherical insulating shell, also at rest, with charge $Q$ and radius $R$. At time $t=0$ I apply a constant ...
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Why is Kirchoff's Current Rule valid?

The fact that Kirchoff's Current Rule is valid means that whatever current flows in flows out. But this will only be valid for a steady current circuit, that is, when there is no accumulation of ...
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Advanced classical electrodynamics book [duplicate]

As I have already studied Griffiths, I want something with modern and advanced approach both towards theory and problem solving.
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What is the area in Faraday's law if we have only a piece of metal moving in a magnetic field?

If a piece of metal of length $l$ is moving with a speed $v$ in a region where there is a uniform magnetic field $B$ perpendicular to it, there will be a potential difference across its terminals ...
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relation between amplitude and frequency of a rotating electric field [closed]

I generated a rotating electric field produced by Ex=cos(wt) Ey=cos(wt-pi/2) in x and y directions. I ran a simulation and seems only in certain amplitudes and frequencies it makes a rotating field. ...
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Magnetic Field Flux Density Disambiguation

The Electric Field is defined as the electric force exerted on a positive test particle: $$\vec{E}=\frac{\vec{F}}{q}$$ The Electric Flux is defined as: $$\Phi=\iint \vec{E}\cdot \vec{dS}$$ The ...
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Electrical work and Coulomb's law

In some text books I've encountered the calculation of electrical work done on a point charge moving in an electric field (e.g. when demonstrating that electric force is conservative) is done by ...
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Energy stored in magnetic field [closed]

I have encountered the problem: Find the magnetic energy stored inside a 1m length of wire carrying 10 amp. The wire is 1 mm in radius, and the current density is uniform. I have found a solution ...
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Magnetic fields in transformers and back emf?

i am having some trouble with understanding the magnetic fields inside transformers and how they relate to back emf. My first query is: is the magnetic field produced inside the soft iron core ...
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Explanation of force amplification inside a solenoid

For a system being actuated by a motor, the force can be amplified by gearing. The energy is being used for force instead of distance, so it produces more torque but moves slower. For a system being ...
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Where does wave frequency come from

I am trying to wrap my head around where do oscillations in electromagnetic waves come from. As an example if I would take a string of guitar and ring it, it would produce a certain sound based on the ...
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Why must this boundary condition be met? (Electromagnetic wave at interface between two mediums)

My textbook says that The laws of Electromagnetic Theory (Section 3.1) lead to certain requirements that must be met by the fields, and they are referred to as the boundary conditions. ...
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Difficult induced current problem [closed]

consider the following setup shown below in the diagram. A circular conducting ring is placed in a increasing magnetic field into the page.Points $A$ and $B$ contain two bulbs. Initially both are ...
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How Special Relativity causes magnetism

So my physics teacher assigned us an article about how special relativity causes magnetism in a wire with a current, even with the low drift velocities of electrons in a current. It seemed that the ...
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How can one confirm creation of magnetic graphene?

Recently my high school physics teacher contacted me looking for an expert to ask about this situation. I am paraphrasing his correspondence below: I just had a a student accidentally create ...
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Question regarding Van De Graff generator Belt

I have made a VDG generator with a rubber band as the belt and a glass roller. It doesnt seem to work because I think the rubber band may be conductive. I was thinking of using other materials for ...
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What is the limit of the finite solenoid equation?

I'm trying to work out how long to make solenoid in order that the field is uniform over a certain length. I was wondering if there was a formula for this or any rule of thumb? I know the field inside ...
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What are electromagnetic fields made of?

I am trying to understand electromagnetic fields so I have two question related to them. What is a electromagnetic field made of? Is it made of photons / virtual photons? How about a static electric ...
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Effective medium approaches - Volume averaging vs homogenization?

In dealing with multiphase two phase systems as an effective medium there are two approaches that can be taken. Volume averaging and homogenization. Volume averaging is very intuitive, just take ...
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Why are there no charges inside a conducting sphere?

Why is it necessarily true that all charges occupy themselves only on the surface of a conducting sphere, and not anywhere inside the sphere? One argument is that if a charge were to be inside a ...
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$\mathbf{J}$ and $\mathbf{E}$ having the same direction [closed]

Ohm's Law States that $\mathbf{J} = σ\mathbf{E}$ this implies then that $\mathbf{J}$ and $\mathbf{E}$ have the same direction . But we know that $\mathbf{E}$ in normal to a conductor and $\mathbf{J}$ ...
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What is the magnetic flux density “outside” the solenoid when AC current is passing through it?

I know that there are well defined equations explaining the magnetic flux density in the solenoid. However what about magnetic field outside the solenoid? How is the magnetic flux density related ...
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Experimental evidence for nonlinear electrodynamics

Has any experiment been conducted which shows that, above a certain threshold of field strength, electromagnetic interactions become nonlinear? If not, which field strength threshold is the one under ...
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What is the gauge group of eletromagnetism?

Gauge transformations allowed by physical theories form groups. For example, a wave function in quantum mechanics can be multiplies by $e^{i\theta}$ and this won't change a thing. So the gauge group ...
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Books on Spectral Jacobian

Can anyone point me a book to better understand "spectral Jacobian". I am studying X-parameters, I have the book X-Parameters: Characterization, Modeling, and Design of Nonlinear RF and Microwave ...
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Electromagnetism boundary condition

The dielectric slab surrounded by air as shown in diagram has permittivity $\epsilon$ different from air and permeability almost same as air. Electric field everywhere within the slab is given to be ...
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Through what potential difference would an electron need to be accelerated for it to achieve a speed of 28.0% of the speed of light [closed]

Through what potential difference would an electron need to be accelerated for it to achieve a speed of 28.0% of the speed of light, starting from rest? So Initial speed = 0 Final speed = .28C So ΔU ...
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Applying Newton's 3rd law in electromagnetic systems

From this diagram: What is the action force here, and what is the reaction force? From two references, the wire and the magnet? *Assume the magnet being an electromagnet(air core, basically a ...
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Does light interact with electric fields?

We know that light is an electromagnetic wave and it does interact with charges. It contains magnetic field and electric field oscillating perpendicularly but when we apply an electric or magnetic ...
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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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Dipole in a spherical cavity in an infinite dielectric

In this example the assumption is made that inside a spherical cavity (with an infinite dielectric) with a dipole placed at its centre, the potential takes the following form: $$\phi_{in}= \frac{p ...
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Can I levitate an object without using an electromagnet?

I know that it's possible to make an object levitate using an electromagnet to hold it up. But is it also possible to do this with regular magnets? Is there a special kind of magnet I need in order ...
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Negatively charged ball orbiting positively charged ball in space?

Would it be possible to make something like two metal balls, one positively charged and one negatively charged, in space, where the negatively charged ball would orbit the positively charged one like ...
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Superconductors and hoverboards

We know that superconductors are repelled by magnetic fields. The earth has a magnetic field of about $10^{-5}$ Tesla. I just want to know if it is possible to use this property of earth to make ...
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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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Electric field from conductive to dielectric media

I am interested in the main difference between transitions from electric fields from Conductive to Conductive/ Dielectric to Dielectric and Dielectric/Conductive media. What are the boundary ...
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behavior of dissolved ionic compounds in an electric field

Consider the following setup - An open, insulating box is filled with distilled water, into which is dissolved a significant amount of pure NaCl. Two insulated lumps of conductor, one with a large ...
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Can magnetic fields be redirected and focused at one point?

I know that magnetic fields can be redirected, but... given a situation where you have static magnetic field over a large area, and you want to quickly change the magnetic field strength. Is it ...
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Calculating temperature in a steel rod/bar which is heated by induction?

I'd like to calculate what kind of temperatures I could achieve in a steel (or copper) bar/rod with the help of heat induction from a coil. Firstly, let's not take radiation or convection into ...
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Do divergence and curl of Lorentz force have some physical meaning?

Time ago I started thinking about this: if we take the well known Lorentz Force expression, namely $$\mathbf{F} = q\left(\mathbf{E} + \mathbf{v}\times\mathbf{B}\right)$$ and we operate $\nabla\cdot ...
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calculating magnetic field strength for a very small electromagnet

I am trying to calculate the magnetic field (in tesla/gauss) of an electromagnet that is very small and has very few windings. For example 12 windings over 0.003 meters. I know this is not going to ...
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Understanding of dipole moment and its vector property

I have a trouble understanding the electric dipole moment. The electric dipole moment formula is $${\bf p}= \int {\bf r}' \rho({\bf r}')d\tau '$$ I'm interested in the coordinate, the origin of which ...
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How can we verify the direction of electric displacement is radial?

I have two questions about electric displacement $D$. The following is a problem in Griffiths. A long straight wire, carrying uniform line charge $\lambda$, is surrounded by rubber ...
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How do electrons know when a circuit is closed?

I was told that electrons do not begin flowing unless the circuit is closed. The electrons from the battery are not in the ends of wire when it is open, apparently, as there is no reason for them to ...