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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Problem with the Ampere-Maxwell Law [closed]

We know that $$J=\sigma E$$ where $J=dI/dS$ is the current density, $\sigma$ the conductivity, and $E$ the electric field. So, if we put that into the Ampere-Maxwell law, then the law transforms ...
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magnet moving in space

I know that a time varying magnetic field produces an electric field even in the absence of a conducting body, because thats how em waves work. But can you say the same for a space varying magnetic ...
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frictional force is nonconservative force [duplicate]

In nature there are mainly four kind of fundamental forces,electromagnetic force is one of them which is conservative force.If friction force is belongs to electromagnetic force then why it is not ...
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What do we mean by this statement : “some positive charge is put on a metal piece”?

What do we mean by this statement : "some positive charge is put on a metal piece" ? (I know it will be distributed on the surface of the metal piece, if metal is isolated.) Electrons are ...
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What does it mean to perturb the electromagnetic energy with respect to a change in a Lorentz frame?

I am perturbing the energy of an electromagnetic field using \begin{align} \dfrac{\partial U}{\partial \zeta} = \dfrac{1}{\mu} \boldsymbol{H}\cdot \dfrac{\partial \boldsymbol{H}}{\partial \zeta} + ...
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Divergence Theorem, mathematical approach to Gauss's Law?

Let $D$ be a compact region in $\mathbb{R}^3$ with a smooth boundary $S$. Assume $0 \in \text{Int}(D)$. If an electric charge of magnitude $q$ is placed at $0$, the resulting force field is ...
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Are we working in the double slit argumentation with destructive interference arguments?

Stimulating water with two long straight bars one could produce linear waves. Having the right distance between the bars and the correct frequency of the steady system we get in the middle between the ...
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Why is there a voltage drop across a superconducting inductor?

If there is no electric field inside a perfect conductor, then why is there a potential difference across an (superconducting) inductor?
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Why are permanent magnets permanent?

Let me see if I get it right. When an iron bar is attracted by a permanent magnet it becomes a magnet itself because all of its magnetic domains start to point in the same direction. When the iron bar ...
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stationary electron in a time varying field

A moving electron in a stationary magnetic field will experience magnetic Lorentz force given by $q(\vec v\times\vec B)$. But will a stationary electron placed in a time varying magnetic field ...
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Electric field from current without Maxwell's law of induction

A long, straight wire carries a current that decreases linearly with time. What is the direction of the induced electric field outside the wire? I would interpret this as follows: a current ...
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Momentum around an accelerated electron

Assume that an electron is accelerated along the +x-axis. The electron will radiate electromagnetic energy and momentum in every direction. But it seems to me that the EM momentum it radiates in ...
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Can Ampere's Circuital law be used on an infinite number of alternating Helmholtz coils?

I have the following surface current density $$ \bar{\sigma}_s = \hat{\phi} \sin(kz) |\bar{\sigma}_s| $$ to approximate an infinite number of alternating Helmholtz coils stacked along the z-axis with ...
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Calculating the potential of 2 spherical perfect conductors with the image method

I am searching for a way to calculate the potential on the surface of two perfect conductors that are spheres. I am not sure my method is correct. Here is a diagram of what I am studying : They ...
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How is the conservation of momentum satisfied in long-range attraction such as electromagnetism and gravity?

I'm not a physicist, but my understanding is that electromagnetism (including attraction between opposite charges) is mediated by the photon, and gravity is probably (hypothetized to be?) mediated by ...
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How does one determine whether an object will make an EM wave refract in a qualitative way?

for example, i have a vague notion that the actual answer is that the permittivity and permisivity are different in each different material, so all waves refract at every boundary, but we only call it ...
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Total time derivative of magnetic vector potential A

I am looking at this document, which tries to establish the Lagrangian of the Lorentz force. Everything is fine, but I don't see why: $$\frac{dA_i}{dt}=\frac{\partial A_i}{\partial t}+\frac{\partial ...
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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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Why does the Schwinger limit fail to predict the electron radius?

One might think that the minimum electron radius is given by the Schwinger limit, since, were it smaller, spontaneous radiative effects might begin to occur. This value is 3.3*10^-14 m, but we know ...
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$B$ field around an infinite wire symmetry argument

Consider the infinity current carrying wire wire drawn below along with the three possible components of the magnetic field at a point a distance $r$ from the centre. I know how to use symmetry to ...
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Bar magnet dropped through coil

If you have drop a bar magnet through a coil so that it goes all the way through I was told the graph of emf induced in the coil vs time looks something like this: (emf induced is on y axis, time ...
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Earth's core electric charge

Forgive my limited knowledge, but the Earth's magnetic field is created by the conductive liquid in the core and to the best I can tell organizing itself (which means separating charges?). Would this ...
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Dielectric tensor vs. conductivity tensor in (cold) plasmas

I'm studying Waves in Cold plasmas right now, but I guess my question is generalizable. It's about the 4th Maxwell Equation in polarizable / conductive media: $\nabla \times H = \frac{1}{c} ...
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Why can't a magnet change a charged particle's speed?

I know that magnetic force acts perpendicular to the direction of the original velocity, so the velocity in that original direction is unchanged, but once the magnet starts acting, the particle's ...
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Halbach array possible shapes?

Looking at images on the web most hallbachs are either rings or blocks but I have seen a couple pictures of what look to be rectangles or pyramids. They are just illustrations though and maybe ...
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Does a battery in a vacuum produce a current?

I've always assumed that the strong resistance of air is the reason there is no flow of electrons between the terminals of a battery until a wire is connect. However, in a vacuum there is no resistive ...
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How to tell apart a permanent and induced magnet which are otherwise identical?

In his educational series "Demonstrations in Physics" the late Prof. Julius Sumner Miller posed the following riddle: Given two identical bars of iron, one magnetized and one not, how can you ...
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Experimentally finding units of physical quantity?

Say you had a new physical quantity you wanted to determine the units for. How do you go about this? For the strength of an electromagnet for example, you could carry out a simple experiment like the ...
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Looking for name of mapping procedure [migrated]

I have been searching for a technique that I used 20 years ago, but for the life of me, I cannot remember the name. It is used in visualizations of pressure, temperature, electromagnetic fields etc. ...
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Homopolar motor and Lorentz force

My second grader thought making a homopolar motor for her science experiment would be fun. And, it was. Now I am trying to explain how it works and the Lorentz force. Please help me by giving me a ...
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How can a black hole have a charge? [duplicate]

Under current particle theory, the four fundamental forces use a force-carrying particle. The particle for electromagnetism is the photon. By definition a black hole is a mass from which light can ...
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Relation between magnetic fields of magnets and magnetic field of currents

When I started to study magnetostatics it was said that magnetic fields are created by charges in motion, that is, they are created by currents. On the other hand, we have magnets and those have ...
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Coercivity of a ferromagnetic material?

I understand that coercivity is the field/force required to demagnetize/magnetize a ferromagnetic material. What if we had two opposite magnetic fields of different strengths values H acting on the ...
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What is the difference between Right Hand Palm Rule, Fleming's Right Hand Thumb Rule and Fleming's Left Hand Thumb Rule?

I dont understand in what scenarios are the three rules applied and are any two of them similar or are they all different?
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Detection of the Electric Charge of a Black Hole

By the "No Hair Theorem", three quantities "define" a black hole; Mass, Angular Momentum, and Charge. The first is easy enough to determine, look at the radius of the event horizon and you can use the ...
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Right hand solenoid example

I am just studying for my physics final exam. I came across this example and am not satisfied with the answer. My answer is that Z is South and the current would flow from Y to X because of the ...
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Meaning of negative density

Charge density depends on the area/volume and the amount of charge. Before electromagnetism I used to think of density as being positive only. What is the intuitive meaning of negative density? Does ...
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What's the shape of electric field line in a rectangular metal under varying magnetic field

We know that,the shape of electric field line in a cylinder under varying magnetic field is circle,and I wonder,what's the situation if it is a piece of metal with rectangular cross section? I think ...
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Induced e.m.f depends on…?

In my revision guide it says that Michael Faraday did experiments that showed that induced e.m.f for a coil of wire depends on four things: Magnetic strength of the core in the coil of wire. ...
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Why does pushing a magnet inside a solenoid produce current?

If you push a bar magnet inside a solenoid, a current is produced. But why is that? I mean, the wire is being moved along the magnetic field, so taking the cross product: $\vec{F} = ...
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Electromagnet experiment

I was reading about an experiment on cyberphysics.co.uk. You set up a circuit as follows: Then: The current through the circuit is varied while the number of turns of wire around the iron nail ...
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Maxwell's Stress Tensor

What really is the Maxwell Stress Tensor? I understand that it's derived from $$\mathbf {F} = \int _V ( \mathbf E + \mathbf v \times \mathbf B )\rho \ d \tau$$ Griffiths describes this as "total EM ...
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magnetic field of a rotating ring magnet

Can the magnetic field of a rotating ring magnet induce current in a conductor? Is there a flux linkage between magnetic field of a rotating ring magnet and a conductor?
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Motion in a Paul trap: $2n^{\text{th}}$ harmonic with larger amplitude than $n$th harmonic

Using a Paul trap, we captured the motion of a light charged particle (based on a rotating potential applied by AC current). Our rotational frequency was 50 Hz, and so when used FFT on the data, we ...
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Can Maxwell's Equations explain electromagnetic radiation emission in an atom?

Can Maxwell's equations be used to explain the process of spontaneous emission when an electron drops from a higher energy level to a lower energy level? According the Maxwell equations, a changing ...
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What is space charge and how to calculate it?

I want to clarify the meaning of space charge. What I know is that the space charge is the total charge in a small region in space. I really confuse this in the ion beam context. Many text book says ...
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North and south of magnetic field

The current I is flowing upward in the wire in this figure. The direction of the magnetic filed due to the current can be determined by the right hand rule. Can we determine the north and the south ...
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Question about particles in electric fields. Homework question

I am currently working on a homework question and I realized that I don't really understand some of the material that we covered so I hoped that you guys can help me clear up some misunderstandings. ...
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Why dimensionality of the Electric Charge varies with the spacetime dimensions?

The point is: We can find via dimensional analysis that the electric charge dimensionality varies with the dimension of space-time. $$[\text{charge}] = eV^{(3-D)/2}$$(You can see below the way I did ...
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The energy contribution of a frequency at finite temperature

This is from a paper I'm reading: Since each frequency contributes $\hbar \omega/2$ of energy (or at finite temperature, $\hbar \omega /2 \coth(\hbar\omega/2kT)$), we can find the energies for the ...