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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How does electricity flow?

The terminals of the batteries set up an electric field in the wire. Surface charges build up to ensure the field is perpendicular to the wire. This allows the electrons to move through the wire. But ...
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How to compute radiated power from known instantaneous potential distribution

Friend of mine has a device that has an oscillating electric potential and he wants to know how much power it radiates. He can simulate the instantaneous electric potential using a software package, ...
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Magnetic field in a cylinder with an off-axis hole

Take a long cylinder of radius $ a$. It has a long cylindrical hole of radius $b$ parallel to the cylinder axis. The distance between the two axes is $d$. If the cylinder has a uniform current density ...
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Which properties of electricity and magnetism are responsible for the speed of light being what it is? [duplicate]

I have always been fascinated by the speed of light. I have wondered how it was originally calculated before we had equipment sensitive enough to clock light speed. All I know about it is that the ...
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How fast does current flow? And the magnetic field? [closed]

A conductor carries 10 Amps, and generates a magnetic field $B$. How fast does it take for that current to flow from the wire throughout the entire circuit? And how fast does it take for the ...
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Metallic and glass sphere of same size released at a height

This question was in my exam today : A metallic and glass sphere of same size were dropped at same height. Which sphere would hit the ground first and why? I have thought about several things and ...
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Visualising the magnetic field [closed]

How can we visualise the magnetic field?How to visualise magnetic field due to current carrying conductor having poles(like north and south for ordinary magnetic). Can we determine the north and the ...
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difference between dielectric constant and dielectric function

I'm confused by the definition of dielectric constant. We all know that dielectric is function of wavelength, because materials respond in different ways depending on the energy of the light. But what ...
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Understanding Counter - EMF?

When an coil rotor is moving around a magnetic field there is -V induced to resist the input V. Let's take an example, a 12 V DC motor induces -10V, and the actual running voltage is 2V. If there ...
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A few questions about the Fermi Level/Energy

My first question is, how is the Fermi Energy for a material actually determined? I know this derivation, but it seems to say that the Fermi Energy is just based on the electron density (and maybe ...
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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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E and H fields created by fiber optics?

When an EM wave travels down a conductor, it creates and electric and magnetic field around (H) the wire and normal to (E) the wire. My question is, when light travels down an optical material such ...
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Characteristic quantities in Fiber optics

I'm having trouble finding typical quantities in fiber optic communication. In particular, what kind of powers are generally used (or what is the minimum that fiber optics receivers can detect ...
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Correct formula to express the potential generated by a single layer charge distribution

Assume that the closed surface $S$ encircles a volume $V$, and that a surface charge with density $\sigma$ ("single layer") is distributed over $S$. My question regards the electrostatic potential ...
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Electromagnetism duality theorem

Concerning Electromagnetism, textbooks often refer to the Duality Theorem. Sometimes it is presented like this: «Consider the Maxwell's Equations (with phasors) and a known field $\mathbf{E}_1$, ...
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Moving conducting bar in (changing) magnetic field

In my exam today I've been given this problem, yet even with the results at hand I simply can't warp my head around it; Given the picture below, a bar is placed on two conducting rails with a ...
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Is it theoretically possible to shield gravitational fields or waves?

Electromagnetic waves can be shielded by a perfect conductor. What about gravitational fields or waves?
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How to Extend Relaxation Methods for 2D Laplace Equation given in Jackson E&M to 3D?

In Jackson (3 ed) chapter 1.13 an outline is given for using relaxation to solve laplace equation in 2D. The general procedure in 3D involves minimizing the quantity $$I[\Psi]=\frac{1}{2}\int_V ...
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Will the way you make a coil affect magnetic induction?

We had an experiment about magnetic induction. We discoved that as the number of coils you make the induced voltage and current increases. But I'm wondering if I made the coil messy or made the ...
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Argument for symmetry of potential

Consider the following electrostatic charge configuration of a spherically symmetric, perfect conductor with total charge $Q = 2q$, where $q > 0$. A point charge $q$ is placed at the position ...
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Does the transmission axis matter for sending polarized light through polarized glass?

If I have polarized light and I send through only one polarized glass plane, does the transmission axis matter, or will the intensity be halved no matter what.
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What is the energy distribution of light if it has an infinite length?

What is the energy distribution of light if it has an infinite length? I have read in one of the answers here on phys.SE that light has actually an infinite length. But then what is the energy ...
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Why is $D$ a $2$-form and $E$ a $1$-form?

Usually in electrostatics we start by introducing the vector field $\mathbf{E}$ representing the electric field due to some charge distribution. Later when we study fields in materials we consider the ...
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Biot-Savart Law from linear to volume current distribution

Biot-Savart law for a linear current distribution is: $\displaystyle \vec{B}=\frac{\mu I}{4\pi}\int\frac{\vec{dl}\times \vec{r}}{r^{3}}$. In the book that my professor uses says that if we have ...
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If electromagnetic waves have magnetic fields, why beam of flashlight is not disrupted by a Magnet?

Wikipedia article about Electromagnetic Radiation says "As an electromagnetic wave, it has both electric and magnetic field components". And this discussion also confirms Light is EM wave. Since we ...
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The gauge covariant derivative and it's substitution

I was wondering wether it would make a difference (in general) if I were to were introduce the gauge covariant derivative $$D_\mu=\partial_\mu+ieA_\mu$$ In the Lagrangian density and then derive the ...
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Is every electromagnetic radiation considered “light”?

Somebody mentioned on Freenode chatroom for physics that All Electromagnetic Radiation are delivered in form of Photons not just light. Is it true? Does that mean if we get a THF electrical ...
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What is the intepretation of the electromagnetic tensor?

Let $A$ be the four-potential, then we know that we can form the electromagnetic tensor as $F=dA$. This is usually done as a way to have a better writing of Maxwell's equations. So, to simplify the ...
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The Magnetic Field around the Proton Beams in the LHC

How would one most appropriately model the magnetic field around each bunch of protons in the LHC at maximum operating speed? Is the assumption of a wire of the same length of the beams (~30cm) with ...
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Does a current-carrying wire running through the centre of a solenoid experience force?

Imagine looking at a solenoid from above. Current passing is through it in a clockwise direction. The direction of the field lines therefore is towards the bottom of the solenoid. Now pass a straight ...
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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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Is it safe to use any wireless device during a lightning storm?

I need "educated" reasons whether it is safe to use any wireless device during a lightning storm. Most people said don't use it but they cannot explain why.
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Currents and magnetic fields produce forces that affect things they're not touching?

I was doing this past paper and am a little confused by question 5) part c)ii) I correctly calculated that the force acting on the rod due to the magnetic field is 0.016N but I can't see how ...
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Debye Hückel Theory valid for ions?

I am wondering about the following: Is Debye Hückel Theory only used if you look at how an external "strong" field(like a potential by a sphere that has a charge that is 1000times higher than the ...
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Are metals more heavy due to the Earth's magnetic field?

Non-metal objects are attracted to the Earth due to gravity. So the weight of non-metal objects can be only dependent on their mass. On the other hand metals can be attracted to the Earth's magnetic ...
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Alternative symmetries for the Maxwell Lagrangian?

I'm wondering about how to show that $A_a\rightarrow A_a+\alpha\partial_0A_a$, with $\alpha$ infinitesimal, is an infinitesimal symmetry of $\mathcal L=-\frac14F_{ab}F^{ab}$. \begin{equation} ...
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Potential energy from opposing magnets repelling each other with a gap of 1 mm

I have two powerful rare earth magnets, that are separated by a distance of 1 mm. I applied energy to bring them closer to each other, hence increasing the potential energy. Now, when one of the ...
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what happens from the point when we apply potential difference across an inductor?

I am in a serious doubt about it Consider a battery of emf E and we connect it to an inductor. Initially the switch is open , now we close the switch ..... My question is What mechanism happens just ...
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EMF & Magnetic force at the same time?

A conductor is placed in a magnetic field, current starts to flow, and the wire experiences the Lorentz force of $x$ Newtons. However, what confuses me is that $x$ is a value that is calculated from ...
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Can electromagnetic fields be used to shield electromagnetic radiation?

Can electromagnetic fields be used as shielding for electromagnetic radiation?
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Why is the Hodge dual so essential?

It seems unnatural to me that it is so often worthwhile to replace physical objects with their Hodge duals. For instance, if the magnetic field is properly thought of as a 2-form and the electric ...
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The electric field of a conductive sphere containing a charge - grounded vs not grounded

Let's suppose we have a sphere but unlike theoretical ones it'll have some thickness say $\Delta r$ and inner radius $R$. What I was wondering about is how will it behave if we place some charge $q$ ...
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Equivalence between a charged rotating cylinder and a solenoid

Suppose we have a cylindrical shell of radius $r$ with surface charge density $\sigma$. Then we start rotating the cylinder at an angular speed $\Omega$. You can show that in this case the surface ...
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How can Superconductivity materials levitate permanent magnet?

I have thought that by eddy current. But how eddy current in superconductivity materials can be generated by using permanent magnet?
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Charging a capacitor

Below is an excerpt from a physics textbook: One common way to charge a capacitor is to connect these two wires to opposite terminals of a battery. Once the charges $Q$ and $-Q$ are established on ...
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Is it possible to get energy from electrical wire using induction?

Pardon me if this is a stupid question but my physics courses are from a long long time ago and I was a teenager back then. ;) Electricity in a wire generates electromagnetism, right? Would it be ...
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Ampère's Law for an infinitely long straight wire

In order to find the magnetic field generate by an infinitely long straight wire of radius R, I have to use local Ampère's Law : $\boxed{ \oint_L B\cdot dl = \mu_0 \sum_j I_j}$ If $r > R$ then $ ...
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Could Space Travel be achieved using a very strong magnetic field to warp space?

An Alcubierre Warp Drive could theoretically achieve faster than light space travel but requires exotic matter or negative energy to compress space in front of the spaceship and expand space behind ...
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Effect of electric field of plasma sheaths

How will an electric fields affect the formation of plasma sheaths?
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Huggins Displacement Theory and Retrocausality

I was looking at the Wikipedia entries on Time Travel and the Grandfather paradox and noticed a paragraph on the so-called Huggins Displacement Theory. I haven't been able to find the source although ...