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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What is the electric field in medium 2 if the medium 1 contains an electron?

I have got this strange yet trivial problem. Say, there's an electron inside medium 1. Outside the medium, lets say we have medium 2. What is the electric field at any point in medium 2 due to the ...
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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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Why should Conservative forces have their curl equal to zero?(intuition)

There are several conditions that must be met in order for a force to be conservative. One of them is that the curl of that force must be equal to zero? What is the physical intuition behind this? If ...
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At what times is the energy in an LC oscillator completely electric or completely magnetic?

I know that the time period of the LC oscillations is given by $T=2\pi\sqrt{LC}$. At what times is the total energy of the circuit completely stored in the capacitor or completely in the inductor?
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What is the physical significance of the area and shape of hysteresis curve of ferromagnetic materials?

Why do some materials have thinner/broader hysteresis curves than others and what does this difference in shape imply in terms of magnetic properties of the substances? Is there any significance to ...
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Is there an underlying physical reason why the Coriolis force is similar to the magnetic component of the Lorentz force?

I couldn't help but notice that the expression for the magnetic component of the Lorentz force, $$\mathbf F = q\,\mathbf v \times \mathbf B\,,$$ is very similar in its mathematical form to the ...
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What is the source of the Curie point?

I'm seriously revisiting my knowledge on magnetism, and the Curie point has been both enlightening and mystifying. I understand what it does ((ferro)magnetism disappears above it), and have a faint ...
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What is the physical definition of causality?

Maxwell's equations give a physical relationship between the electric and magnetic fields $\vec E$, $\vec B$ at the same time, which some interpret as changes in one causes changes in the other etc. I ...
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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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Using A.C or D.C to create an electromagnet

Does it matter if I use A.C or D.C as a source to create an electromagnet? Or Does it depend on the voltage of current? For example: I have a coil which has about 50 turns. If I use same amount of ...
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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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Is there any objective basis for the “south to north” directionality of magnetic fields?

While explaining magnets to some students, I just realized a very basic thing I never thought about: We often say that magnetic fields have a "direction", that magnetic field lines "exit" the north ...
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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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Net magnetic field & magnetization on a ferromagnetic material

A ferromagnetic materiel is saturated by an exterior magnetic field like so: Where $B_1$ is a uniform magnetic field. Then after some time $t$ another magnetic field $B_2$ is introduced as well, ...
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Why does the electric polarisation (polarisation density) have this direction?

It can be inferred that the amount polarisation $ P $ is dependent upon and proportional to the magnitude of the electric field $ E $ applied: \begin{equation} P \propto E. \end{equation} This ...
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Why is bandwidth, range of frequencies, important when sending wave signals, such as in radio?

So in wired/wireless networking and radio, signals are sent in form of wave. Then the concept of bandwidth comes in, which is the difference between highest frequency and lowest frequency in a signal. ...
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Gravity Theory Question [closed]

Three Questions: Is the Modern Five Dimension Theory of gravity an adaptation of Einstein's relativity theory? If so, can it allow us to accurately predict the movement, speed and direction of ...
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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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What metal can be used as electromagnet core to attract a permanent magnet?

ok. Here are the requirements: 1.The core should not be attracted to permanent magnet when idle(like stainless steel), 2.Should act as electromagnet core with better permeability(like iron). Is ...
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Why does a magnet loose magnetic strength when heated?

Magnet manufacturing companies, for example Dexter Magnetic Technologies do not hesitate to explain the effects of heat upon magnets - citing how it degenerates the magnetic properties with levels of ...
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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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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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Magnetic field and magnetic domains

I have a confusion regarding how magnetic field propagate in a medium (ferromagnets or air etc..). It is knows when a ferromagnet is exposed to an external magnetic field, the magnetic domain of the ...
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Maxwell's equations - underdetermined - uniqueness

Maxwell's equations can be seen as two dynamical equations (the two curl equations), and two constraint equations (the two divergence equations). So we have 6 unknowns ($E_x,E_y,E_z,B_x,B_y,B_z$). ...
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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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Attraction between electromagnet and a permanent magnet - at which point is the force the strongest?

You have an air-core inductor with current applied, so that the magnet in the picture will be attracted to it. At what position will the force between the two be the strongest and at which the ...
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The MRI signal: why do we consider the phase in the MRI signal

I am trying to understand the imaging principles behind MRI and I was looking at some lecture slides found here Specifically, I am looking at slide 41 where we look at some of the equations regarding ...
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Imaginary component in capacitive reactance

This is a trivial question in first year but, unfortunately, this popped up in an elementary yet compulsory lab experiment. The capacitive reactance is defined as $$X_{c}=\frac{1}{\omega c}$$ The ...
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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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How can we prove charge invariance under Lorentz Transformation?

We have gravitational force between two massive particles and we have electromagnetic force between two charged particles. When special relativity suggests that mass is not an invariant quantity why ...
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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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Why is infrared radiation associated with heat?

I am little confused with infrared radiation. I understand that when an object is hotter, it radiates electromagnetic waves of a bigger frequency and this waves are also more energetic, that is why ...
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Why is a paramagnetic material attracted into a magnetic field?

I want to start by saying I've seen this topic: Attraction and repulsion of Magnetic materials and its supposed duplicates and it hasn't helped me very much. In the book Introduction to ...
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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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C60 Macro Ojects

What would happen if you could make a ball or hollowed geometric shaped say the size of a basketball made out of C60.. due to its superconductivity could it have exotic or anti- effects on gravity and ...
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Do Maxwell's Equations overdetermine the electric and magnetic fields?

Maxwell's equations specify two vector and two scalar (differential) equations. That implies 8 components in the equations. But between vector fields $\vec{E}=(E_x,E_y,E_z)$ and ...
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Clarification of why pressure must be constant at a boundary between two fluids/gases?

In section 13.2.1 of these notes on acoustic waves it says that the pressure must be continuous at the boundary of two fluids/gases in equilibrium. If they were not it says the following - If the ...
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Period of oscillation of magnet levitated over another magnet

The situation is similar to what we used to do as kids, take a vertical wood dowel, with a ring magnet placed at the bottom, and another ring magnet opposing it, floating on top. More precisely, it ...
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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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Why does a ceiling fan start up slowly? [closed]

I think it probably has something to do with the capacitor inside but I don't get it why doesn't it just Start spinning instantly when we push the button why does it slowly start to spin and gradually ...
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Why are electrons treated classically in cyclotron measurements?

As I understand , systems having large angular momenta relative to the planck constant (limit of large quantum numbers, e.g. $J/\hbar \to \infty$), can be treated as classical systems. Now in the case ...
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Why should we use good conductors as electrodes of a capacitor?

I was asked if and why why should the electrodes of a capacitor should be good electrical conductors. It seemed obvious to me that if I want to form a Helmholtz double layer (because that's what ...
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Plot current-voltage curve

I have been given the following question as part of an investigation for my Applied Maths course: "[...] Then construct the current-voltage curve, i.e. the dependence of $\left< \dot{\theta} ...
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Why is the “canonical momentum” for the Dirac equation not defined in terms of the “gauge covariant derivative”?

The canonical momentum is always used to add an EM field to the Schrödinger/Pauli/Dirac equations. Why does one not use the gauge covariant derivative? As far as I can see, the difference is a factor ...
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How to get the magnetic field strength in space near a solenoid

I am trying to find the magnetic field strength along the axis of a solenoid. If I know the strength of the field at the center of the solenoid, and I know the distance from the center of the ...
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How can current remain same when potential difference decreases?

According to Ohm's law, $$\text{potential difference} = \text{resistance}\times\text{current}$$ Also, current remains the same everywhere. Now when current passes through a bulb, the electric ...
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Reflection coefficient of surface with sources

While solving the maxwell equation for surface where both surface charge and current density are present to calculate its reflection coefficient, i.e. $$\nabla \times E=-\frac{\partial}{\partial ...
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Can the magnetic field of the earth be utilized in a manmade craft? [closed]

What if there was a magnetic ring around the craft on a gimbal that could freely rotate from positive to negative, then could the craft utilize the magnetic field of the earth without flipping the ...
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Do magnets also attract super conductors?

If a superconductor can be repelled by a magnet (or, well, locked in a certain position by the magnet) can a magnet be attracted to a superconductor. What would happen if you take a peace of metal, ...
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How can I find the position of an image charge when the boundary is parabolic or hyperbolic?

If the position of some charge $Q$ is known, the boundary condition is $u=0$ on some parabolic surface, and we know the image charge has its electric volume of $Q'$, then how can I determine the ...