# Tagged Questions

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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### Can you create a powerful magnetic field out of confined circulating electrons only?

Would it be possible, regardless of how efficient it was to do something like this, or why you would actually do it, to generate a really powerful magnetic field simply by producing a cycling electric ...
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### Voltage across an inductor contradicts Lenz's law?

Imagine a simple circuit consisting of an alternating current source connected to an inductor. Assume they are connected in the following fashion: AC source - terminal A - Inductor - terminal B - AC ...
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### How did physicists know that there are two kind of charges?

Problems The question I am about to make is either too stupid or hasn't bothered anyone because its obvious because I can't really find the answer anywhere. I am currently studying electricity and ...
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### Is Biot-Savart Law valid for time-varying currents unlike Ampere's law?

I have just finished learning the basics of magnetism, and it should be noted that I am not very familiar with Maxwell's equations. Note: In the question, when I say "Ampere's Law", I am referring ...
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### What is supposition of equilibrium? How do Rayleigh, Jean know the electromagnetic wave in equilibrium behave?

In a cavity of size $L$, the wave must give zero amplitude at the wall, means wave equation has zero amplitude. Why? Answer from hyperphysics "since a non-zero value would dissipate energy and violate ...
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### Maxwell Stress Tensor at material boundaries

I am trying to grasp the meaning of the Maxwell Stress tensor $T_i^j$ at material boundaries. Concretely, I am trying to calculate the force between two waveguides. The results are given in an article ...
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### Relationship between current and magnetism [closed]

If 2 pieces of iron are next to each other, there is no magnetic attraction. However if a current is run through them, they will behave as magnets. My question is is there a relationship between the ...
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### Drift Speed and Current in Two Different Inertial Frames

We have a long, cylindrical wire carrying a constant current I in an inertial frame. At a distance of R from the center of the wire, the magnitude of magnetic field is $μI/2πR$. What is the magnitude ...
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### Electromagnetic field transformations under rotations

If you have magnetization vector in vertical magnetic field, it starts precessing. If you do a transformation to rotating coordinate system you obtain a stationary magnetization. Is there a direct ...
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### Why didn't Newton study electricity and magnetism?

This is a soft question about the history of physics. In Newton's time, electrical and magnetic phenomena (such as amber attracting things or the alignment of compass needles) were well known. Yet I ...
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### Please help me with this doubt from electromagnetic induction

If motional emf and induced emf are the same, how to explain the emf induced in a conducting rod moving with a velocity perpendicular to length of rod and magnetic field(magnetic field is ...
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### Artificial planetary magnetic field

I wonder how difficult it is to create an artificial planetary magnetic field with generators? What power they would need? The question is inspired by thinking about possible colonization of Jupiter'...
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### How inversion layer shields electric field?

This question is somewhat relating to electronics but I think it fits better with physics. The leccture here (slide 13) shows that the gate to body capacitance (Cgb) in linear region is 0. However, ...
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### Magnetizing a ferromagnetic material.

if i pass a DC current directly through iron or steel or something ferromagnetic, Would that magnetize that material? And would it be magnetized permanently? Another question, does anyone know what ...
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### polarization of a transverse wave travelling in ionosphere with polarization direction perpendicular to earths magnetic field

Assume a transverse electromagnetic wave entering ionosphere such that its Electric field of wave is perpendicular to earths magnetic field. Now, i read that as it will enter plasma, the wave will ...
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### What started the magnetic field of Earth [duplicate]

The Dynamo theory gives a good explanation of the magnetic field of the Earth: the Coriolis force focus inner currents into current spirals generating magnetic(s) field(s). What I'm trying to ...
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### Finding the force between parallel currents using the formula of magnetic pressure

Let there be two parallel current-carrying infinitely-long wires separated by $d$ carrying currents $i_1$ & $i_2$ respectively in the same direction. In order to find the force on an ...
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### Name of electric force

during a lab experiment, i noticed that a metal ball has a much harder time rolling on metal rails when their is a current passing through it and the rails. I was wondering why and if there was a name ...
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### Electro-magnetic fields and Faraday Cages

If you have an area that is affected by an electromagnetic field, would it be possible to build a Faraday cage and then build a device INSIDE the Faraday cage so that it would work (as opposed to ...
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### Refractive index of plasma dependance on temperature

How does the refractive index of plasma changes with temperature? Temperature is not high enough for new ionization. Would it be like in gas p/T dependence ? http://farside.ph.utexas.edu/teaching/em/...
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### Need clarity about relativity/magnetism explanation

Please bear with me - this is not a duplicate question.... From what limited knowledge I have gathered, it seems that when two wires in parallel are carrying equal current, the electrons moving in ...
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### Domains in Ferromagnetism

I am currently reading the book "Introduction to electrodynamics" by David J. Griffiths. As far as I understood, a Ferromagnet when not applying external magnetic field, the magnetic dipoles inside a ...
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### Could an infinite spinning windmill create endless electricity? [closed]

This is not so much a question about if this idea is physically possibly, but more a question of if it was possible. If a magnet could somehow push a windmill around at a constant speed continuously, ...
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### What is momentum really?

Wikipedia defines momentum as in classical mechanics: In classical mechanics, linear momentum or translational momentum is the product of the mass and velocity of an object. However, an ...
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### What is the difference between the Lorentz force in a cloud chamber and the repelling/attracting force between magnets?

In a cloud chamber charged particles are bend by a magnetic field where the Lorentz force is causing the bending. But when a ferromagnetic material is attracted or repelled by a magnet it is more or ...
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### Differential equation in RL-circuit

I am self-studying electromagnetism right now (by reading University Physics 13th edition) and for some reason I always want to understand things in a crystalclear way and in depth. Now look at this ...
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### How to evaluate possible values of spin of two photon system?

Photon hasn't well defined quantity such as spin. Instead of it, it is characterized by helicity $h$. Let's assume state of two photons in CM frame (with $\mathbf k$ being the momentum of one of ...
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### What would happen to a motor without a split-ring commutator?

I realise that a similar question has already been asked (Why does the coil in this apparatus reverse its direction of oscillation?), however after reading the answers, I am still unclear on certain ...
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