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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Earth as a conductor and emf produced? [closed]

Since about 73% of total surface of Earth is occupied by water, its internal is also occupied largely by hot molten mass.Let,the whole earth is considered a conductor.Sun is a source of gravitational ...
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Strongly coupled electromagnetic force

What would be defining about a strongly coupled electromagnetic force? Would it mean that separating two oppositely charged particles makes another particle-antiparticle pair, rather than continuing ...
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Am I interpreting Gauss' Divergence Theorem correctly

I was reading Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths and I wanted to check if I understood Gauss' Divergence Theorem correctly. The theorem states: $$\int \int \int_V \vec{\nabla} \cdot \vec{C} ...
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Why is the Faraday Tensor derived from the Lorentz force?

If we start from the Lorentz force, $$\textbf{F}=q\textbf{E} +q\textbf{v}\times\textbf{B}$$ and use the four velocity u$^{\mu}$ and the four momentum p$^{\nu}$, then we get to ...
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How to express magnetic field vector in terms of force on current

I am preparing for an exam and one of the questions I have come across asks: Define the electric field $\mathbf{E}$ and the magnetic flux density $\mathbf{B}$, in terms of the force on charges and ...
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What is the symmetry associated with electric charge conservation [duplicate]

Is there a kind of symmetry that yields the conservation of charges? and if so , how it works for both type of charges? Electrical Charges
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Is magnetic wheel possible?

I once tried to make a magnetic wheel using different shaped magnets and placing them in different orientations and of different shapes.But it did rotate making a small angle ie it didnt rotate even a ...
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Maxwell-Faraday Equation and Electric Fields

I have a question regarding, as the title says, this equation: $\nabla \times \textbf{E}=-\frac{\partial \textbf{B}}{\partial{t}}$ So, the above equation says that the curl of an electric field is ...
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What is charge actually? How to define it? [closed]

Is charge of something for (e.g.) an electron related to electromagnetic space if it exists due to energy, due to which it may have mass? I don't know about quantum mechanics or advanced particle ...
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Electron Electric Field Mass?

I am confused of whether or not the expected electromagnetic field generated by the point-like electric charge of the electron distributed smoothly across space as a probability distribution creates ...
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How the lagrangian density is found?

In Classical Mechanics one usually considers the Lagrangian as $L = K - U$ where $K$ is the kinetic energy of the system and $U$ is the potential energy. One then gets the Euler-Lagrange equations and ...
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Electron distribution around atom when moving

I do not have much experience on this but if an atom has some electrons around nucleus and the atom itself it is moving at some speed does that affect the distribution of electrons around? I am ...
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force on a moving charge in magnetic field

Need help in understanding the direction of magnetic force in the magnetic field!Totally confused by directions. Why is it that magnetic force is perpendicular to the direction of magnetic field and ...
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In which mathematical space do magnetic fields live in?

A magnetic field may be described as a mapping $\mathbb{R}^3 \to \mathbb{R}^3$. Therefore, it is a function, and apparently can be described as an element in a function space. Is there some particular ...
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Locations of destructive interference for two spherical waves

I have looked at this, but it did not help with locations. Really this just comes down to mathematical manipulation, which for some reason I fail to see. Here is my paraphrased setup: Consider two ...
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Can a magnet or a magnetic field push gravity? [closed]

I have been asking around at my school and at the high school and at EWU but no one can answer this question: can a magnet or a magnetic field push gravity?
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Four-current, Induced Charge and Magnetic Flux

I'm studying Jackiw's "Fractional Charge and Zero Modes for Planar Systems in a Magnetic Field" DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevD.33.2500 but I have difficulties at some points. One of the problems is $$\langle ...
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EMF in an Open circuit?

If a wire that is connected to a circuit passes a magnetic field, it would induce $EMF$ that would allow current to flow, and generate an opposing force. Now what if the wire is not connected to a ...
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Electric field intensity of spherical shell (with cut out cap)

Consider a charged spherical shell of radius $R$ and surface charge density $\sigma$. Choose a point on the surface of the shell and cut a spherical cap of radius $a \ll R$. What is the electric field ...
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Magnetic field by a solenoid?

I am really not able to understand why is it that the current,while finding the magnetic field in the solenoid (ideal one), is not $I$ the current flowing throught the solenoid but $nI$, where $n$ is ...
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How fast does it take to create a magnetic field in a solenoid?

If a solenoid/electromagnet has current flowing, it creates a magnetic field. Electricity is very very fast, I believe close to the speed of light? So, when power is given to a solenoid with $n$ ...
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Derivation of Boundary Conditions

Source: http://my.ece.ucsb.edu/York/Bobsclass/201C/Handouts/Chap1.pdf (page 6). I am trying to make sense of the derivation on the right side of these two integrals. The first one which says ...
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Photomagnetic effect

I just saw an article on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photomagnetic_effect "This article appears to contain unverifiable speculation and unjustified claims. Information must be verifiable ...
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Do we need waves for fields?

I was pondering about EM Waves and fields and felt that there is an inconsistency in the physical picture of EM waves that I have in my mind. For example let us consider a charge at rest . Now lets ...
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Is the existence of electromagnetic standing waves dependent on the observers reference frame?

If I take two plane EM waves travelling in opposite direction e.g. $E = E_0 \sin(kx-\omega t)$ and $E=E_0 \sin (kx + \omega t)$, they sum to give a standing wave with a time-averaged Poynting vector ...
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What is the purpose of the factor $N/L$ in the magnetic field of a solenoid?

I am supposed to find the expression of the magnetic field on the axis of a solenoid of radius $a$, length $L$, and with $N$ the number of turns. So in order to find $dB$ (to integrate over dx), I ...
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Explanation of Lorentz-Force

In high-school level books (for example the german standard text: "Dorn-Bader") I have often seen an explanation of the Lorentz force as on the following picture: The textbooks consider the ...
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An EM problem of polarized sphere

Today, I'm doing an EM problem and my question is exactly the same as this site shows: http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=133501 To reiterate my confusion, why we can't use that integral ...
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A conductor passing a magnetic field?

A large thick copper wire(or bar if you like,) passes a magnetic field. What formula is best to calculate the EMF here? $$EMF = BA / Delta(t)$$ or, $$EMF = vBL$$ When the conductor passes the ...
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question on dipole moment of water molecule

I read a line today and don't get it: "Molecules with mirror symmetry like oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and carbon tetrachloride have no permanent dipole moments." ...
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Lorentz force in rotating frame of reference?

This is the common problem of a charged particle moving in a static electric and magnetic field. Say $\textbf{E}=(E_x,0,0)$ and $\textbf{B}=(0,0,B_z)$. In the inertial frame of reference, the ...
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Is the charge of a current carrying wire real or hypothetical?

Realist753 Theory Relativistic Electrodynamics assert that a current carrying wire being neutral in a laboratory frame of reference appears electrostatically charged to an observer in relative ...
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Motional EMF and EMF?

What is the difference between motional EMF = $-vBL$ , and Faraday's law of induction $\displaystyle\mathcal{E} = \left|\frac{d\Phi_B}{dt}\right|$? Aren't they the same? What is the relation of ...
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The relation between the movement of electrons and energy

So, I've been enjoying reading a lot of helpful posts, but now, I found myself in the need of asking something. I have a hard time grasping the general concept of electricity / how the relation ...
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Current induced in coil when magnet falls through it?

So I know that magnetism can be obtained from the combination of electric fields and special relativity. I am familiar with the way one can derive the magnetic field of a current carrying wire felt by ...
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The position of center of mass of electron cloud in an atom

I read Griffiths EM today and it says something very interesting but a little bothering to me. It states for an atom, the position of center of mass of an electron cloud lies in the center of the ...
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Magnetism due to relativity?

So I have been reading in some books that magnetism does not have to be assumed a priori, but can be obtained from the electric field + special relativity. And I have seen how this leads to the common ...
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How do Permanent Magnet Generators Work?

Why we don't use this in our houses to generate the electricity? Isn't the electricity generated by the magnets strong enough? Why do we have to pay for electricity if we can just create it by pushing ...
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How could electromagnetic waves propagate through space although they have no electrons?

How could electric fields in these waves propagate through space although in space there's no electrons for the electric field to be formed? is there another type of charged particles that carry the ...
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Equation for magnetic field due to a current in straight wire [closed]

How can I derive the expression for the magnetic field due to a long straight current carrying wire using the Biot-Savart law? The final expression should be: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...