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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Quick introduction to electromagnetism / Maxwell's equations [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Electrodynamics textbook that emphasizes applications I am a graduate student in applied mathematics and I am looking for a concise introduction to Maxwell's equations / ...
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How do superconducting materials float in magnetic field?

The movie Avatar got me interested in the subject, but so far I only found sophisticated articles loaded with unfamiliar words. Is there a simple way to explain how magnetic field affects ...
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Inductance of loop to a square wire? What is the induced current and the induced $\bar E$?

I am practising for the elementary-physics -course Tfy-0.1064, this puzzle is a simplified version of the problem 3A here (sorry not in English). My basic idea here is to understand a scenario with ...
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Why does current alternate in an AC generator?

I understand how generators work, but I can't for the life of me conceptualize why the current in an AC generator reverses every 180 degrees!!! I understand that, using the right hand rule, it can be ...
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Why don't Microwave ovens use more energetic EM radiation?

Because in theory, visible light contains more energy than the microwaves actually used to cook your food. 1) Does it have to do with resonance frequency of the $H_2O$ molecule? 2) How can ...
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Is it possible to determine astronomically/astrophysically whether other planets have ever encountered polarity reversal?

We know of geomagnetic flip in Earth's history by studying geologic data. Given other planets in the system also possess a magnetic field leads to the assumption that such polarity reversal may not be ...
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Decomposition of a vectorial field in free-curl and free-divergence fields

Is it always possible to do that decomposition? I'm asking it because Helmholtz theorem says a field on $\mathbb{R}^3$ that vanishes at infinity ($r\to \infty$) can be decomposed univocally into a ...
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Instantaneous current after battery unplugged in RL circuit?

I've been racking my brain over this, and I can't find any clues in my textbook as to how to approach it. I have the following circuit: My goal is to find R such that, right after the switch is ...
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Is the Abraham-Minkowski controversy resolved?

A paper was published in 2010 claiming to resolve the Abraham-Minkowski controversy. Is this paper viewed as definitive by physicists?
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Reason for the convention about polarization states

I'd like to know if there is a special reason for limiting convention of polarization state to waves that can be split in just two components of equal frequency.
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Numb3rs TV series - Antenna

Most of you might have watched the TV series 'Numb3rs'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numb3rs In one of those episodes they were discussing about how to capture the contents on the screen of a ...
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Is there is any difference between Electric Flux ($\Psi$) and Total number of Electric Field lines ($E\times$Area)?

Is there is any difference between Electric Flux ($\Psi$) and Total number of Electric Field lines ($E\times$Area)? $\psi = \Sigma Q$, and $\phi$ = Electric field intensity $\times$ Area where Area ...
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Linear dependence of magnetic potential on current density

I'm a mathematician learning physics to provide some background for my mathematical work (especially pde's!). I have been reading through Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics (3rd edition), and I was ...
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Separation of solids from liquids using magnetic waves

Using magnetic forces, I want to separate solids from liquids in a solution as a centrifuge would do. Is there a way to hit a volume of liquid and get it to separate liquids and solids with heavy ...
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What forces affect point charges?

I am working on a point charge simulator, and I was wondering what forces can affect point charges (assuming that they operate in a closed system, with no externally generated light, and initial ...
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Torsion and gauge invariant EM kinetic term

Everytime I hear about adding torsion to GR, something struggles me: how do you create a kinetic term for the electromagnetic field that is still gauge-invariant? One of the consequences of torsion is ...
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Electric field of not-grounded conducting plate with a given potential?

I have been trying to find an equation (or some solution) of how to calculate the electric field strength (in N/C) of a conducting rectangular (nearly flat) plate which has non-zero potential to it, ...
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How to count magnetic repulsion

I have two equal flat round magnets. I know amount of force $F$ which attracts iron objects to one of them and geometric characteristics of magnets. I want to fix first of magnet and some additional ...
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Why is low temperature required for optical lattice systems to enter magnetic regime?

"Optical lattice requires a very low temperature scale to enter magnetism regime." Why is that? What I know: optical lattice systems suppress kinetic energy (hopping parameter: $t$ small); ...
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Is the Earth's atmosphere a Faraday cage?

X-ray telescopes are required to be above the atmosphere as the atmosphere blocks EM waves with wavelengths < UV . Does this mean that the Earth's atmosphere can be thought of as a Faraday cage ...
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Will a magnet loose too much strength it cut with a hacksaw?

Can a magnet be cut with a hacksaw, by hand, without losing its essential characteristic of being magnetic? I know i would have to be very careful with heat but I don't know how careful
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Power Generation from Axial and Transverse Emf

We consider a flat rectangular plate moving horizontally in a vertical magnetic field,motion being in a direction perpendicular to the length of the plate. We have an emf=BLV between the tips,in the ...
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why is advanced radiation absent?

the Lienard-Wiechert green functions have future and past null cones of radiation. Maxwell equations allow for a continuous range of mixtures between the retarded and advanced components, but we have ...
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Superposition of electromagnetic waves

The superposition of two waves is given by $$\sin(\omega_1 t)+\sin(\omega_2 t)=2\cos\left(\frac{\omega_1-\omega_2}{2}t\right)\sin\left(\frac{\omega_1+\omega_2}{2}t\right).$$ For sound waves, this ...
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Force on a bar magnet

A bar magnet is freely falling vertically inside a conducting ring placed in horizontal plane. Will it fall with an acceleration equal to g, less than g or greater than g?
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How can I cause a levitating magnet to rotate?

I have a device like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA_hw_lY-OY (All of them work the same) Here's an image: I want to make it spin without touching it with hands. I tried using magnets ...
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What is nonlocal resistance?

We are first taught to calculate local resistance, where current and voltage are on the same part of the material. But many experiments measure nonlocal resistance, where current and voltage are ...
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separation between slip rings of DC generator

this is a DC generator which converts mechanical energy to Direct Current. The commutators in a DC generator are separated (as you can see in the image). It is explained in our book that it prevents ...
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Why can't a superconductor make a DC motor self sustaining?

Superconducting wire can host a low current magnetic field. I do not know if it supports a corresponding electrical field. Can a superconducting wire that sustains a current accelerate a DC motor? ...
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Can magnets rotate infinitely?

There are many videos on youtube in which people arranged magnets in circle and rotated one placing in middle of that circle on a shaft, and the magnet (magnet motor) starts madly and continues its ...
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Lorentz force in Dirac theory and its classical limit

It is well known that in Dirac theory the time derivative of $P_i=p_i+A_i$ operator (where $p_i=∂/∂_i$, $A_i$ - EM field vector potential) is an analogue of the Lorentz force: $\frac{dP_i}{dt} = ...
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What is the mechanism of magnetic core saturation?

Why does a magnetic core saturate? What is its actual mechanism?
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What is voltage: strict but intuitive definition from accumulator's perspective

I know, that voltage is analogous to pressure for charge, but analogies lie. I don't see charge pressing anything and I don't understand definition of $U=A/q$ (voltage = work/charge), cause I can't ...
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Using Relaxation Method to Model Negative Dielectrics in an electric field?

How can you use the relaxation method to model negative dielectrics? The relaxation method is usually used to model electrostatics problems but negative dielectrics are only see in dynamic systems. ...
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How EM waves are produced by accelerating charged particles?

How the electro-magnetic waves are produced by the accelerating charged particle? Graphical explanations are most welcomed. Is the explanation given by the below mentioned article correct regarding ...
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Design and use of the RLC model for signal processing systems and spatial acoustics

Given a frequency response for a signal processing device, set of devices, or physical space it is possible to construct an equivalent (identical frequency response) series RLC circuit. 1) Does this ...
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Is it possible to create an electrified silicon gas vortex?

Is it possible to create, and sustain, an electrified silicon gas vortex? If it is possible: would it produce an electromagnetic field? And how would that field affect the vortex?
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Point where resulting magnetic field is equal to 0

I am trying to solve the following task Given 3 infinitely long current carrying wires, as shown on image ($I_1=I_2$ , $I_3=2I_1$) and $r=5 cm$ calculate the point between them (in the same plane; ...
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What would the magnetic field look like for a rod like this?

Imagine I have a long rod of metal. Let's say it's 1m long, 1cm wide and 1mm high. Now suppose I pass DC through it. But instead of running the current through lengthwise, I want to run it sidewise. ...
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How does the aluminium foil do the thermal and WiFi isolation?

Aluminium foil is widely used for thermal isolation. As far as I know it reflects the thermal infrared radiation. Also I've seen a lot of guides about strengthening WiFi signal by putting the ...
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CGS Units to SI Units

This may be a stupid question but I am having trouble getting the same result in CGS units as I would if I used SI units for a unitless calculation. I have to calculate $E_c=\frac{m_e c\, ...
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Is diffraction affected by interaction between photons and electrons?

Suppose we take a sheet of ordinary metal, make a narrow slit in it, and shine a light beam through the slit onto a screen. The light beam will diffract from the edges of the slit and spread out onto ...
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A point in multiple magnetic fields

Given two parallel wires carrying a current (e.g. 2 and 3 Amperes) and the distance between them, 5 cm, how do I determine the magnitude of the magnetic field at a point M mid-distance between the ...
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What is the energy of interaction between two infinite charged wires?

This is related to my previous question. I assume that the two wires have the same charge density with the same sign ($\lambda_1 = \lambda_2 = \lambda$) If I want to take the same approach, the ...
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Theoretically speaking what are the limits for super-capacitors in terms of their storage capability?

According to wikipedia, commercially available super-capacitors in 2010 can store 30Wh/kg, with 85Wh/kg achieved in a lab in 2011. Have any theoretical calculations been done to show what can be ...
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Magnetic field from a half-cylinder [closed]

I am preparing for an exam, on this problem I had the opposite direction of the magnetic field. A conductor-cylinder with radius R has been cut in half ($\phi \in [0,\pi]$) A DC current $I$ runs ...
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Faraday law, third Maxwell's equation in Mathematica

Three question about this equation: $ \displaystyle\nabla\times\mathbf{E}=-\frac{\partial \mathbf{B}}{\partial t} $ 1 If I solve this equation with Mathematica, I find the magnetic field ...
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How does a magnet work?

I'm having trouble understanding how a magnet (not the field that is generated as a result but the material itself) work. The particles are aligned in a specific direction to give rise to force but I ...
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Can we transfer the charge on a plate of a capacitor elsewhere?

I know it is hard , but can we transfer the charge on a capacitor plate elsewhere?