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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The magnetic fields [closed]

what is the origin of magnetic field in terms of spin and angular momentum of a charged particle?can spin produce magnetic field? the magnetic field is produced by moving charges. I think i mix the ...
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DIY ultrasonic cleaner - will it work? [closed]

I want to build some simple ultrasonic cleaner and I wonder: is my idea going to work? The plan is: Build a container from metal sheets or just find/buy some container. Buy something like 60W 40 kHz ...
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What's the analogy of a single photon from the perspective of “classical electromagnetic wave”?

I guess there isn't an accurate analogy. But what is the best analogy we can use? It seems an idea sinusoidal wave of a single frequency doesn't fit as a photon at all. In a certain sense, at least ...
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Distribution of surface charges in an electric circuit

I'm reading Sherwood and Chabay's brilliant textbook Matter and Interactions, in particular the section that deals with how the surface charges in an electric circuit distribute themselves to generate ...
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Calculating torque needed to climb a graded hill [closed]

this is my first post but I'll try to give my best understanding of the problem. I've been designing an electric skateboard which is driven by only one of the rear wheels (for the moment). As I was ...
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Lorentz force on superconductors?

If current flows on the surface of a superconductor(for both type I & II) and is exposed to an exterior magnetic field, will a superconductor experience a Lorentz force? Knowing that a ...
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Would a previously poled piezoelectric material experience a force aligning it with an external electric field?

I'm wondering if it would possible to crush a poled PZT object, disperse the powder into a thermoplastic (with a melt temperature below the Curie temperature of PZT) and align the 'crystal shards' ...
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emf of a moving wire in a variable magnetic field

Lets, say that Magnetic filed is either (case 1) $B=B_0$ or (case 2) $B=B_0\sin{\frac{\pi x}{L}}$in $z$ direction. We have a wire with a length of $L$ along $y$ axis which is moving in $x$ direction ...
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If we consider the electric field to act upon charges with a force, how does it stay in line with Newton's laws?

This should be a relatively simple question. Let's say we have a constant electric field $\textbf{E}$ in a conductor. The electric current density would then be $$\textbf{j}=\rho \textbf{v}$$ where ...
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Electric field of a moving charge with Lorentz transormation

I was going through this link http://physics.weber.edu/schroeder/mrr/MRRtalk.html There it says Now consider the electrostatic field of a point charge at rest, shown at left below. At every ...
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Capacitor connected across two isolated sources [duplicate]

Lets say there are two isolated sources of positive charges $q_1$ and $q_2$ $(q_1>q_2)$ located sufficiently far apart. If the two are connected to the two plates of a capacitor, then what is the ...
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Why is there no induced current in this loop? [closed]

This problem comes from Barron's SAT Subject Test Physics book. A loop of wire and a bar magnet are moving relative to one another. Which motion in the diagrams shown below will NOT induce a ...
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Concentration and manipulation of magnetic fields [duplicate]

is it possible to concentrate magnetic fields, via concave electric coils? If a current is induced in such as a concave cylinder shaped coil.
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Why does electromagnetism have torsion, whereas gravity does not?

Why don't we use torsion-free covariant derivatives for QM, even though we already do so in the case of GR? In general relativity, we use the Levi-civita connection, a torsion-free connection ...
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What is capacitance, in general?

In circuit analysis software capacitance can be measured between any two nodes of a circuit or of a multiterminal device. In practical terms we take $C_{ij}$, the capacitance between $i$ and $j$ as ...
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Why is one Telsa equal one weber per square meter instead of one weber per cube meter?

Lines of magnetic flux exist in three-dimensions, so how can they be measured per area unit?
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Magnetic field existence - a relativistic approach

Recently I learnt that magnetic force is equal to relativistic electrostatic force. With this approach I was able to understand the motion of a charged particle kept near a current carrying conductor. ...
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Are the conducting electrons in a metal counted as free or bound charges?

Caused by another question on the propagation of EM waves in a metal, I got a bit confused on the notion of free and bound charges in a metal (sometimes called induced or external). Are the free ...
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How polarized object's polarized atoms behaves like charge?

Electrical polarization is just the shifting of the constituent atoms' protons and electrons in opposite directions. This creates a bound charge, and this bound charge creates voltage and thus an ...
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By what mechanism is a photon emitted or absorbed in atomic electron state transitions?

I understand atomic emission and absorption spectra well - photons of a specific energy can be emitted or absorbed by atoms, if that energy corresponds perfectly to the energy difference between two ...
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Generation of back emf with relativistic approach to EM Waves

I learnt that Magnetic force around a current carrying conductor is nothing but relativistic electrostatic force observed by a charge particle from its frame of reference. But I am not able to ...
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Dispersion of light in metals and the plasma frequency

I've been reading about the dielectric function and plasma oscillations recently and I encountered the following dispersion relation for EM waves in metals or in plasma (Is it correct to treat those ...
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Screening of electrostatic potential at the interface between two dielectrics

The motivation of my question: Calculating the dispersion relation of plasmons in a graphene layer embedded between two dielectrics with different dielectric constants. Addressing my question: I ...
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Plane wave interaction with dielectric slab

Can anyone help me with this classical EM / optics problem? A plane wave is incident on a rectangular slab of a dielectric material. What is the form of the field in the region beyond the slab? ...
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Factors affecting magnitude of induced emf in coil

Does the magnitude of emf induced in a coil depend only on the rate of change of flux? Does it depend also on the amount of flux linked to it? Will the change of flux from $50 ~H$ to $40 ~H$ and ...
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How do you calculate the back emf?

I am trying to compute the back emf in a solenoid of radius $a$, with length $l$ and $N_1$ turns and a driving current $$I(t)=I_1\cos(\omega t).$$ I thought it would be a good idea to begin by ...
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Hysteresis curve for ferromagnet different types?

If you type 'hysteresis curve for ferromagnetic' in to google you get several different types. Looking at the once with $B$ against $H$ there are some that appear to go flat at satruation: And ...
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Description of transparency of a Faraday cage to different frequencies?

A Faraday cage within a static electric field leaves an internal electric field equal to $\vec{0}$ (as long as there are enough mobile electrons in the conductor to counteract the external $\vec{E}$). ...
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How much time for a magnetic field to disappear?

Consider current flowing through a conductor. When I disconnect the power to the conductor there should be a surge in the magnetic field the moment the current touches zero. My question is how long ...
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Using electromagnets to hover a craft independently of the surface below it

Why isn't this possible? I've seen the ducted fans, it works (even if it is very rough). I've also seen the magnetic boards that hover above a special magnetic-reactive surface. But that isn't true ...
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How do magnets break rotational symmetry?

I have heard that magnets break rotational symmetry, but I do not understand why? In context, I believe they are talking about the local magnetization vector in the material when they say a magnet ...
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Magnetic field felt by an observer “orbiting” a proton

Classically, if one has an electron orbiting a proton, how can the magnetic field felt by an observer with the same instantaneous velocity as the electron be calculated? It seems that I may find the ...
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Fusion, Magnets and Quantum Generators [closed]

I cannot even play like I'm even at this level, but this is the fusion reactor in Germany called the Wendelstein 7-X stellarator. These doughnut-shaped magnets (often seen on Physic Exchange) are ...
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Mathematics of Surface Divergence and Surface Curl

While studying electrodynamics I found two functions - Surface Divergence and Surface Curl - that seem to condense the formulas for superficial discontinuities of the electric and magnetic fields ...
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Torque on a disk with charge

Imagine you have a disk with some number of charged metallic spheres spaced equally around a disk at some distance from the center of the disk and those spheres are mechanically attached to the disk. ...
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Why does an electron lose all of its energy in a resistor?

Why does the electron uses nearly all of its energy for one resistor in a simple circuit made of a battery, wire, and resistor? I really need to know what happens exactly at the atomic level in the ...
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Direction of the radiation reaction force (vs. velocity)

The radiation reaction force is proportional to $\dot{\mathbf{a}}$, and can be derived from the the Larmor power using the concept of the conservation of energy. Looks like the radiation reaction ...
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Why insulators do not conduct electicity when they are negatively charged?

The following excerpt is from Young and Freedman 13th edition: Most metals are good conductors, while most nonmetals are insulators. Within a solid metal such as copper, one or more outer ...
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How to obtain calculus of variation of Einstein summation?

I have the Lagrange density for Maxwell field, which is $\mathcal{L}=-\frac{1}{4}F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu}$, where $F_{\mu\nu}=\partial_{\mu}A_\nu-\partial_{\nu}A_{\mu}$. How can I obtain ...
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How do virtual photon cloud produce discrete magnetic field lines in bar magnet?

I think magnetic field is the exchange of virtual photon constantly absorbed and emitted by electrons roughly speaking so assume the setup isn't in a complete vacuum and I have a piece of bar magnet ...
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Lorentz force on type II superconductors?

The electrical resistance being zero in a superconductor, if a magnetic field is strong enough to generate vortices where the flux lines will pass through the material, and the current flow is ...
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Translating Electronic Bands back to first Brilluoin Zone

For phonons, I understand why we can translate everything back into the first Brillouin Zone: there is a minimum wavelength defined by two lattice sites. For electrons, which are delocalized, I see ...
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Are there any geometric restrictions on the line and surface elements in the Maxwell-Faraday equation?

The Maxwell-Faraday equation in integral form states $$\oint_{\partial \Sigma} \mathbf{E} \cdot \mathrm{d}\boldsymbol{\ell} = - \frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}t} \iint_{\Sigma} \mathbf{B} \cdot ...
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Why do higher frequency electromagnetic waves bounce of of smaller particles in the atmosphere but the lower ones dont?

I assume they have more energy but what is it more deeper and clearer than that that explains it?
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How to 'smooth/flatten' the surface of a disturbed liquid

I would like to essentially flatten or smooth the surface of a viscous liquid after dropping an object into it, without actually touching the liquid. For example, if I drop a rock into a tub of oil, I ...
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What does radiofrequency really do in NMR & MRI?

In NMR, the protons’ frequencies are affected by the magnet which makes them precess around its magnetic field so now all protons will have different frequencies according to their environment ...
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Which elementary particles are behind magnetic field, similar as photons behind radio waves?

I see, there are photons behind radio waves. As Wave–particle duality said: the radio waves are waves and at the same time are fluxes of particles called Photons. I'm wondering, what is behind ...
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Corona discharge leading to hexagonal structure

Hexagons appear many times in nature, and I'd like to know why they appear in this situation too. Somebody has already been kind enough to help me figure out why this phenomenon occurs - it is due to ...
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Does a rotating disk produce a DC current

My problem comes from this thread: Does a rotating disk develop a potential difference between the centre and rim? My issue is that I don't see why the assumption of equilibrium commented by Cag must ...
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Electric flux density for a hollow cylinder using Gauss's law [closed]

In the textbook of "Engineering Electromagnetics": I understood it except the part highlighted with yellow(i.e. how did he find the charge distribution of the outer cylinder? What are the ...