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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Fields and the way they should be looked at

When I think about the electrostatic interaction and interaction of charged particles having uniform velocities sometimes I do find it giving rise to a picture of superluminal communication which ...
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Anyone know of a flow chart or list of common/useful consequences of Maxwell's equations?

I just recently started to appreciate the Maxwell equations. I had never really take the time to study them but I feel like I'm finally more familiar with them. I've noticed that it seems like a lot ...
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Why doesn't a levitating superconductor generate usable electricity?

Why doesn't a super cooled superconductor generate usable electricity due to the phenomenon of electromagnetic induction when placed upon a magnet? I basically mean, why can't it create electricity by ...
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Discernible “frequencies” of magnetic fields that do not affect each other

Two magnets secured to a surface close to each other in a fashion such that their constant attraction to one another is counteracted by the normal force of the securement of each. Is there a way to ...
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Divergence of vector potential

I was given the vector potential $$\vec A (\vec r) = - \vec a \times \nabla \frac{1}{r}$$ with a constant vector $\vec a$. Now, I found the $\vec B$ field which is I think $- \vec a \frac{2}{r^3}$, ...
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Finding current density?

I found (from here) that current density can be found with the formula: $$\vec j= \frac{dI}{ds} \vec a$$ where $s$ is the cross sectional area centred on the point we are considering and with a ...
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Different forms of the Einstein field equation

I am working my way through the wonderfully written introduction "General relativity for mathematicians" by Sachs & Wu. I am indeed a mathematics student and find this book to be well suited to ...
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If a cube magnet were a die, how would it be numbered?

I have a number of cube-shaped magnets. If I start with 64 cubes all in one long chain and begin arbitrarily "folding over" groups of them so that I am left with a 4x4x4 cube, I rarely get the same ...
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Is lasering some natural phenomenon soemwhere?

Laser is actually the simplest kind of light, from a physical point of view. Many people think it is some rocket science simply because it is not natural but takes some human efforts to create. So, ...
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Understanding magnetic force on charged particle

if we put any charged motionless or static particle in the constant magnetic field, then why does it don't feel a magnetic force? Mechanism by which electric and magnetic fields interrelate I have ...
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Creating permanent magnets with minimal resources?

Okay, so this is kind of a goof-off question, but it's part of an of educational game that I've been playing with myself for years. If you don't want the background then skip to the horizontal rule, ...
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What happens to electric field of a bar magnet?

Electromagtic waves say that Magnetic field and electric field exist orthogonal to each other. Also all electric field has some magnetic field and vice-versa (As I understand). In that case what is ...
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Why is no work done by magnetic forces in a uniform B and E field (perpendicular to one another)?

Say $B$ points in the $x$ direction, and $E$ points in the $z$ direction. Assuming a charged particle begins at rest at the origin, its motion will be a cycloid that progresses indefinitely in the ...
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Divergence of the Poynting vector with static fields

The Poynting vector is an energy flux density, and applying the divergence theorem shows that: $$\int_V (\nabla \cdot \vec{S}) dV = \oint_{\partial V} \vec{S} \cdot d\vec{a} = -\frac{\partial ...
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$E \times B$ drift plasma physics

Do you need to have an electric field in order to have an $\mathbf E \times \mathbf B$ drift? I'm confused because it's seems that there is an induced E-field from the charge separation due to forces ...
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Plastic and Iron - static and magnetic

I'm wondering if when you have a ball that is made out of plastic but has an inner core of metal. Would that ball if given friction produce static? Or would the static from the outerside of the ...
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How to demagnetize a magnet temporarily?

How to demagnetize a magnet temporarily? Is it possible making a permanent magnet demagnetize for a short span of time? Or at least long time but temporarily!
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Interaction between the induced field of a current carrying with an exterior field?

If a current carrying wire is placed inside a magnetic field(B), and the wire creates it's own magnetic field($B_w$), will $B_w$ be in opposition to the applied external magnetic field(B)? Will there ...
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Electric Flux through cube from point charge

"A point charge is located at the origin. Calculate the flux of E through a cube centered on the origin and aligned with the Cartesian axes. Evaluate the surface integral directly and verify that the ...
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What is the physical interpretation of the free current ($(K_f\times \hat{n})$)?

The diagram below, taken from Griffiths is of an Amperian loop on a surface current in matter. Why is it that the free current is perpendicular to the surface current?
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why the electromagnetic wave transmits momentum in the direction of the movement?

Ordinarily a transverse wave does not transmit momentum, as it is the case of the well-known sea wave phenomenon. But the electromagnetic radiation has both fields transversal to the movement of the ...
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Earth's magnetic effect on my magnet

My magnet seems to work independently of, and unaffected by, the Earth's magnetic field, yet the magnetic field of my magnet changes as I introduce some other similar magnets of varied sizes into its ...
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Is there any material that a magnetic field cannot penetrate? [duplicate]

Is there any way to build an enclosure that protects its contents from magnetic fields more effectively than simply keeping sources of magnetic fields away by the same distance the box would?
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Why do we lose signal in elevators? [duplicate]

Whenever I am talking on my phone and walk into the elevator the call drops as soon as the doors close, and also the WiFi signal completely stops. Why does this happen? Note: I am asking this ...
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Magnetic field generated by wires with magnetic cores

Describe the magnetic field generated by alternating current as it passes through a wire's special core of tiny, metal-coated, cylindrical rare earth magnets? Examples of real-world consequences of ...
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Phased non linear array antenna - First Sidelobe

I have a problem I cannot seem to solve and I REALLY need some help. It's about phased-array antennas whose dipoles are not equally spaced, not equally phased, not equally fed (amplitude). Let's ...
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Forces on a wire moving in a magnetic field?

When a wire is placed inside a magnetic field and current starts to flow in that wire, that wire experiences the Lorentz force = $IL \times B$ and beings to move. Aside from induced motional - ...
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A question about induced fields

This is something that I just realized bothers me, after thinking about it too much. Faradays law tells us a changing magnetic field creates a circulating electric field. This electric field has a ...
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Can we shield a certain region of space from magnetic field? [duplicate]

Recently I learnt about shielding a region of space from an electric filed. I wondered if the same can happen for magnetic field.
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Derivative of the magnetic field to the vector potential

So the magnetic field is defined with the vector potential A as: $$\mathbf{B}=\nabla\times\mathbf{A}.$$ How would I calculate the derivative: $$\frac{\delta}{\delta\mathbf{A}}|\mathbf{B}|^2$$ I ...
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Why does excess of charge in an isolated conductor move to the surface?

A remark in my textbook goes as follows: "If an excess charge is placed on an isolated conductor, that amount of charge will move entirely to the surface of the conductor. None of the excess charge ...
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What do you call this “asymmetric polarization”?

I am considering this unusual polarization of EM waves: which travels in the x-direction and has magnetic and electric fields as shown. This can be produced by non-oscillatory currents. What name ...
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Field strength of a discrete solenoid

First, I want to clarify that I mean a solenoid made by coiling a fine wire, and not the type made from a continuous piece of conductive material. That said, I know I can find the magnetic field ...
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Calculating flux of axisymmetric electric field through a sphere [closed]

The following problem and its solution is taken from I. E. Irodov's book basic laws of electromagnetism : I do not understand how the fact that field is axisymmetric leads to the conclusion that ...
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Does $v \cdot B$ carry physically meaning information?

Given two vectors $v$ and $B$, $\frac{v \cdot B}{|B|}$ yields the magnitude of the projection of $v$ onto $B$ and $\frac{|v \times B|}{|B|}$ the magnitude of the rejection of $v$ from $B$. The force ...
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Why quantum electrodynamics? [duplicate]

Most of the people seem pretty much content with classical electromagnetic theory .And most of the applications use classical EM theory .However, in such situations I would like to know what was the ...
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Gauss's law for induced electric and magnetic field

Let us consider an accelerating charge, $Q$. As it is accelerating it would radiate energy in the form of EM waves, as per the classical postulates of EM theory. As such there would be induced ...
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Can a charge moving in an open trajectory qualify as current?

It is sometimes said that a point charge is equivalent to an electric current. If it were a steady current, I should be able to find it from Ampere’s law or Biot-Savart’s law. Even if the current is ...
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Magnet and electromagnetic wave, and speed of light

I have this practice exam question: T or F. If you hold a magnet in your hand and wave it back and forth, you will create an electromagnetic wave that moves away from your hand at the speed of ...
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If gravitational field has negative energy density, how does gravitational radiation carry positive energy?

The following question uses the analogy between EM (electromagnetism) and GM (gravitomagnetism). In order to force two like electric charges nearby, some work has to be done. This implies that the ...
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How to get the magnetic field strength in space near a solenoid

I am trying to find the magnetic field strength along the axis of a solenoid. If I know the strength of the field at the center of the solenoid, and I know the distance from the center of the ...
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Derivable Concepts in Mechanics and Electromagnetism

In Classical Mechanics, one of the possible foundations is based on three concepts aka mass(equivalent to energy), length and time. This is a foundation because we can model everything ( pressure, ...
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The fainter the star, the further away it is?

If a star appears to be very faint, would it imply that it's really far away or that it's luminosity is minimum?
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Proof that electric and magnetic fields in a EM wave are perpendicular

Is there a general proof, that for electromagnetic waves the magnetic and electric fields are perpendicular? The only ones I can find only focus on plane waves.
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Induced EMF of a rectangle loop?

If a rectangle loop would move inside a magnetic field, would the induced $\epsilon$ be zero? Why would it? Is it due to the induced $\epsilon$ canceling out? Being in series and in opposition? ...
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Evidence for electrodynamics in curved spacetime

Field theories in curved spacetime is usually formulated by integrating their Lagrangian over the curved spacetime. For example, for electrodynamics, we have the action $$ S = \int d^4x \left( ...
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Why is Terahertz radiation so hard to generate?

This paper (and many others I've read) claim that searching for ways of producing THz radiation is a high-interest research topic. However, something I've just never understood is why it's so hard ...
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Is what i think Magnetism is, Magnetism? [closed]

So, i was randomly thinking about magnets one day and decided to try and figure out what Magnetism actually is. This is what i came up with: Magnetism, the magnetic field of an object, is a form of ...
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Physical significance of toroidal moments

The electric field of a toroidal dipole moment $\vec t$ is the same as the electric field of a electric dipole moment $\vec p$, except that it is scaled with the factor $ik$. The $i$ makes the ...
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Mosotti-Clausius formula from the first principles

I would like to understand how to get the Mosotti-Clausius formula for the dielectric susceptibility of a dielectric material with spherically symmetric molecules from the first principles, where by ...