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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Beat like Interaction with electromagnetic waves

So I was reading earlier on this website and I came across some question similar to this but I want to lead it Into a different direction. I understand that two interacting superposition waves (that ...
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Why is the magnetic field stronger at the edges of a bar magnet?

I have been performing an experiment at school in which I test the force on an iron surface from the magnetic field of an electromagnet. The electromagnet has a rectangular iron core. The theory ...
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Constructive Interference of Electromagnetic Waves

So I was wondering if Electromagnetic wave has the same property of interference as normal waves. I understand that both the electric and magnetic parts of the wave would have to be in the same ...
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Can we say there are 2 EM radiation types?

EM radiation seems to come from two different sources: According to the Maxwell, by acceleration of electrons According to the Bohr, by jumping of electrons between energy levels? Are these two, ...
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Solving electromagnetic vector field using the Lagrangian

Given an action of the form \begin{equation}S=-\frac{1}{4}\int d^4x\eta^{\mu\nu}\eta^{\lambda\rho}F_{\mu\lambda}F_{\nu\rho}\end{equation} where ...
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How do electrons actually move in a circuit?

Last year, we were taught about electricity, about how electrons in a closed circuit. But as our teacher had not taught us about electric fields yet, she gave us a simplified model of motion of ...
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Is the dielectric constant of an insulator always positive?

I know there are many examples of metals with a negative dielectric constant at optical frequencies. But what about insulators?
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insufficient electrons in a conductor [duplicate]

We all know that if an electric field is applied across an isolated conductor, then charges are induced at either surface such that the net electric field inside becomes zero. Now if the applied ...
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Understanding frequency of a signal

I'm trying to understand how can one transmit different signals on a same copper wire using different frequencies. How does the electrons actually interact with the frequency? And how does the ...
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Sphere in homogenou magnetic field

I have to find out the magnetic dipole moment of sphere in homogenou magnetic field in the limit $\mu_r\rightarrow+\infty$. I don't know what does the condition $\mu_r\rightarrow+\infty$ mean. Does ...
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How do I actually calculate the Lorentz transformation of a field strength tensor

Say now I have an arbitrary field strength tensor $F$, and I want to boost it according to a Lorentz transformation matrix $(\Lambda)$ The transformation is given by $$ F^{'\mu \nu} = ...
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why does alternate current attract and direct current repel [duplicate]

Does AC current attract and DC repel our body? If the potential difference remains same will still AC and DC will give us same type of electric shock?
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Is magnetic force non-conservative? [duplicate]

If magnetic field is conservative, then why not the magnetic force? My professor thinks it is non conservative but he couldn't explain to me why?
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Mutual Inductance of co-planar (but not concentric) loops

Two small wire loops, each with radius b, are placed a distance $d >> b$ apart. The loops are oriented as shown below; i.e., both loops lie in the x-y plane. Each loop carries the same current ...
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What are 'two way' magnets and how do they work?

Thomas & Friends Take-n-Play series connect to each other via something described as 'two way' magnets: the new models use special 'two-way' magnets As a parent of an owner of two engines of ...
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Does a simple copper wire with an AC current create EM waves?

I want to know if a household AC current flowing through a simple copper wire will radiate EM waves? If yes, up to what range and can they be called radio waves?
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Why is this not a violation of parity invarance for EM

I read that Wu's experiment illustrates that parity violation is possible for weak processes. In that experiment, when Co-60 undergoes beta decay, the emitted electrons come out opposite to the ...
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Finding speed of light by $c=f\lambda$?

When considering EM radiation as waves it is said that it is electric and magnetic fields that oscillate with time. Therefore $f$ is not frequency of distance but of electromagnetic fields. I have ...
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Definition of Electromagnetic field?

What is the Electromagnetic field at a given point in space due to a point charge being accelerated non-uniformly? Is there a single equation that can give me the electromagnetic force experienced by ...
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The speed of electrons moving in different medium

Can one have a simple (dimensional-analysis) model to evaluate the speed of electrons moving in: (1) a copper wire (2) a silver wire (3) a gold wire (4) a semiconductor wire let's use meter over ...
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How does QED explain magnetism?

I understand how QED explains, for example, Coulomb's law. But how does it explain the behavior of two bar magnets whose N and S poles attract one another?
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Attraction and repulsion of electron spin ups and electron spin downs

Alright, we know that copper is a diamagnetic material, which has paired electrons. These paired electrons have different spin. I'm specifically interested in what is going on with the electrons in a ...
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What does it mean for an electromagnetic structure to be resonant?

There are many electromagnetic structures used in microwave engineering and EM devices. For example, patch antennas, metamaterials made from unit cells, etc. When they design structures like patch ...
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Why my simple electromagnetic experiment does not work?

I make a setup (see attached picture). ONE coil (1" diameter x ~120 turns), which is separated with a gap, is mount on two sides. Each side has an iron rod (1" diameter x 6" long) to increase the ...
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motion of an electron near a conducting wire [closed]

An electron is ejected from the surface of a long thick straight conductor carying a current, initially in direction perpendicular to the conductor. The electron will: a) ultimately return to the ...
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What would happen if…? (Scenarios involving a ball in an electric field) [closed]

First I shall define two table tennis balls: Ball $A$ is coated with a conducting material and ball $B$ is an insulator. Then I'll define two scenarios: Scenario $I$ is a ball held from a ...
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Difference between action-at-a-distance and a field according to Maxwell?

My question is more on a historical note that involves Maxwell’s equations. Besides the information that I have obtained from textbooks, I am mainly getting it from History of Maxwell's Equations and ...
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Can an electron change direction in a conductor?

Can an electron change direction in a conductor? Or is it restricted to do so? Why can't it change direction do to the atoms of the conductor itself? Why if the change in the electron's direction ...
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Deflection of magnetic compass sorrounded by alternating poles

What happens to the deflection of the magnetic compass if it is surrounded by south poles and north poles in alternating direction of a magnet around it in a circular pattern. Will it be deflected in ...
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What will happen to a solenoid with a bar magnet core?

Suppose I wrap wire around a bar magnet, creating a solenoid such that the poles of a bar magnet and the poles of solenoid are opposite to each other. If I were to hold a compass near one side, which ...
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What will happen to compass with north all around it?

If I keep a compass with bar magnets all around it, all of equal strength and a compass in a center then what will happen? Will the compass start rotating?
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What is the mechanism for the production of the electromagnetic radiations due to accelerated charge particles?

I have recently read in Griffiths that when a charge particle get accelerated the electromagnetic field associated with it get " ditatched " from it and this detatched electromagnetic field is what we ...
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Zero field cooled / field cooled susceptibilities

I'm studying magnetic properties of nanoparticles in a liquid carrier and trying to understand better zero-field-cooled/field-cooled curves. We use the Stoner–Wohlfarth model and Chantrell ...
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Prerequisites for Griffiths electrodynamics [duplicate]

I want to start reading Griffiths electrodynamics during my holidays. But I am not sure of the math I need to know to start reading and understand the text thoroughly. So any advice would be ...
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Principle of locality and forces

I have a silly confusion about the statement written in the link Einstein and Locality ''external influence on A has no direct influence on B; this is known as the Principle of Local Action.'' ...
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Does inducing charge on a grounded conductor do work?

Imagine a grounded conductor as an plane of infinite area. If I bring a charge to a close proximity to the plane, it induces some charge distribution on the conductor. The question is: is any work ...
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Modify permittivity with a current?

Permittivity is a function of frequency from an existing EM wave. But permittivity in some ways describes how a wavelength of light interacts with a metal. Certain wavelengths, sense different ...
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Confused about the Hall effect?

In the common configuration of the Hall Effect, why wouldn't the conductor move? It follows the same principle of the Lorentz force or basic electric motor doesn't it? I can't seem to find the ...
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How can Drift Velocity of an electron causes change?

Assume we have a conductor that has current flowing and its placed in a magnetic field so that it experiences the Lorentz force, and it gains Kinetic energy due to that force. Would drift velocity ...
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Guides for solving E&M problems [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate physics student in a university and I am looking for a good guide or a handbook with lots of questions and full answers in subjects such as Gauss' law and Maxwell equations to ...
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Flux cutting and flux linking?

I am a bit confused about the difference between flux cutting and flux linking when talking about magnetic fields and induced EMF. I was originally under the impression that flux cutting was when ...
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How does a cyclotron work? [closed]

Doing high school level physics and I got stuck at a question regarding a cyclotron. I need to know how does it work and the reason alternating current is used and the structure of the two semi circle ...
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Electric & Magnetic fields - clarification

If (changing electric field)=(magnetic field) and (changing magnet field)=(electric field), then why is there a constant magnetic field around a current carrying wire when the electric field does not ...
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Does the weight of an magnet raise when balancing an object?

I was wondering if say I use an magnet which is facing positive and then I expel an another magnet above it which is facing the positive with its positive side and I ensure the magnet does not rotate ...
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How long does it take a magnetic field to join both ends?

My question is: when a electromagnet is activated, the field must take time to form at both ends and stabilize. What is this time? Or, to put it differently, what is the speed at which the magnetic ...
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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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How can I calculate the relative permeability of iron?

I'm a high school physics student, and part of our project requires us to make an electromagnet. We have an iron core, and it will go inside a solenoid. The problem is, we don't know what the relative ...
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How is demagnetizing field described when using Ampére's loop current?

A magnetic moment is sometimes described using circular current loop instead of dipoles. In that case, how do you define the demagnetizing field? Say you have a circular current loop centered on ...
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Online course on theoretical electrodynamics [duplicate]

I'm looking for good online course for an introduction into theoretical electrodynamics. However, it seems that the MIT opencourseware only contains partial lectures for this topic. Has anyone got a ...
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Creating a atmosphere bubble in space with electromagnetism

would it be possible to contain an atmospheric bubble in space with a magnetic field, and wouldn't doing so protect it from solar radiation also?