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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Why is Polarization of a wave important, and what happens when a wave is polarized in all three dimensions?

I don't quite understand this, I understand that given a wave traveling in a certain direction, it will be polarized in the direction its not travelling in, so if its travelling in the Z direction, k ...
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Can you magnetize iron with a hammer?

We know that a piece of ferromagnet, such as iron, can be magnetized by putting in a strong magnetic field to get domains parallel to the field grow. I also remember from pop. culture and MacGyver ...
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Absorption / Control / Reduction of EMF radiation using passive antennae & matched load

Wanted to understand the physics behind usage of passive antennae and matched load combination, to absorb, control and reduce the Electromagnetic-Field (s.a. due to microwave radiation from cellular ...
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Solar wind and the Earth's magnetic field

I have again an old question from a comprehensive exam I took a couple of months ago. Lucky for me one could pick 5 out of 8 questions, because on some of the problems I didn't even know how to start. ...
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Do multiple permanent magnets aggregated together approach the same strength as a single magnet of the same size?

Here's an applied physics question. ;) If I buy some cube or sphere magnets like these, can I aggregate them together to create a stronger magnet (almost as strong as a single magnet)?
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Higgs Field compared to EM field

So, I've been reading about the Higgs because of all of this excitement lately with the LHC. I'm just a layman in physics but one thing I understood was that the Higgs field permeates all of space ...
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Can 2 beams of ultraviolet light intersect and be visible where they intersect?

Is it possible that if you have 2 ultraviolet lasers, that are invisible to the human eye, and if you aim their beams to intersect at some point, that the place of intersection will show a lower ...
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What is the magnetic field inside hollow ball of magnets?

Setup: we have a large number of thin magnets shaped such that we can place them side by side and eventually form a hollow ball. The ball we construct will have the north poles of all of the magnets ...
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Derivatives of delta function and equation of continuity for a single charge…

For a single charge $e$ with position vector $\textbf R$, the charge density $\rho$ and and current density $\textbf{j}$ are fiven by: \begin{equation} \rho(\textbf{r},t)= ...
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How do electromagnetic waves carry quantised energy?

If an electron oscillates about a mean position, it will create a time varying electric filed which in turn will create a time varying magnetic field and so on to create an electromagnetic wave. How ...
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Magnetic fields and friction

If I was to pass a metal object through a magnetic field would there be any friction?
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Why are $\mu_0$ and $\epsilon_0$, which appear in electrostatics and magnetostatics, related to the speed of light which appears in electrodynamics?

$\epsilon_0$ and $\mu_0$ appear in electrostatics and magnetostatics. When we include time varying fields we have electrodynamics and the appearance of c which turns out to be related to $\epsilon_0$ ...
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What are brain waves? [closed]

I watched a documentary showing that humans could alter the results of an experiment by thinking about it, and the data these people collected supported their hypothesis. And the reason these people ...
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The effect of an EMP on circuits

Which of these is the current (also, what about voltage?) induced by an EMP pulse within a circuit most dependent on? The area of the region enclosed by the circuit The orientation of that area with ...
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Different results for Magnetic field using different methods

In calculating the magnetic field created by this current at the center point of the loop using Biot-Savart and using the vector potential will there be a difference? If so what is it and why? ...
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Point charge potential (sign problem)

I'm a bit embarrassed, but I'm not able to compute the electric potential at point $P$ (at a distance $R$ from the origin) generated by a positive unitary point charge in the origin with the right ...
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electric dipole momentum calculation

I'm studying the linear electric susceptibility, using Schroedinger equation and perturbation theory of the interaction potential $$V=-\mu \cdot E$$ and the book arrive to an expression where ...
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Second law of thermodynamics and a bunch of magnets

Say I put a bunch of powerful square magnets on a nearly frictionless table in a disordered fashion. The second law of thermodynamics states that the system shall spontaneously get more disordered, ...
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what's the physical meaning of vector Laplacian of Electric field intensity?

Could someone explain to me the physical meaning of vector Laplacian of Electric field intensity? Where vector Laplacian means: $$\nabla^2 \mathbf{E} = \nabla(\nabla \cdot \mathbf{E}) - \nabla ...
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Electrophorus: Why can't we use a magnet in substituion of a charged body to induce the polarization?

Since a magnetic field can induce a current in a coil, moving electrons from one side to another. Why isn't possible to use the same principle in a electrophorus using one magnet instead of charged ...
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Levitation rotation speed involving laser acceleration, pyrolytic graphite and a vacuum

The experment would involve a small NIB magnet levitating between or on the diamagnetic material pyrolytic graphite, unlike other forms of levitation this doesn't require power to run such as ...
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What is the magnetic susceptibility of NdFeB?

NdFeB is one of the most popular materials used for making permanent magnets. Yet I could find no link or reference reporting a decent value for the magnetic susceptibility of NdFeB. Magnetic ...
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Spherical magnets shooting like bullets and demagnetizing

I was playing around with a 2x chain of bucky balls and winding it around itself. Suddenly several of the little balls went shooting like bullets across the room in 3 directions and now all of the ...
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Wave propagation in anisotropic media

I'm given a wave propagation in an anisotropic medium with the following properties: $\epsilon=\left[\begin{array}{ccc} \epsilon_{11} & 0 & 0 \\ \epsilon_{21} & \epsilon_{22} & ...
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Understanding the Seebeck effect

Thermoelectricity is, as I understand it, the difference in voltage between the hot and cold ends of two dissimilar materials. If two materials are connected at two different junctions, the hot ...
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interaction at a distance: how it works

In classical physics, I know the forces due to gravity and electrostatics. I know a lot of work has been done, but don't know the status. Is there a generally accepted theory of how the force is ...
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How to calculate the electric field and potential inside a dielectric surface placed into a homogenous field

In an experiment we placed a long dielectric cylindrical shell (cylindrical tube)(with inner and outer radii r1 and r2, respectively) in a homogenous field such that its axis was orthogonal to the ...
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Relationship between inductance and number of turns in a coil in loudspeaker

I am in the process of designing a loudspeaker and have a question regarding the number of turns in the multilayered solenoidal coil and the speaker impedance of $8\:\Omega$. I understand that the ...
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Action principle for the Electromagnetism and Gravity

Here is the formula for the stress energy tensor: $$ T_{\mu\nu} = - {2\over\sqrt{ |\det g| }}{\delta S_{EM}\over \delta g^{\mu\nu}} $$ (This follows from varying the total action $S ...
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What is reason for electronic compass calibration?

Most GPS receivers and smart phones contain an "electronic compass", which I understand is generally a Hall effect magnetometer. These devices generally require "calibration", which involves waving ...
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Determining the capacitance of a system with a non-homogenous dielectric

In an experiment we were given non-homogenous dielectric substances described by functions of coordinate. How can capacitance be determined from this?
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Rock chips showing magnetic property?

If i am placing two rock(stone) chips closer with a wider area of contact and rotating another rock stone around these two chips(having close contact) for some time (around 30 sec) and try to separate ...
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Drum head coupled with an RLC circuit

I'm thinking about the possibility of an electroacoustic drum that would be tuned with some kind of RLC circuit. The drum head would have an electromagnet attached to its center, which would be ...
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What is the force between two magnetic dipoles?

What is the force between two magnetic dipoles? If I have two current loops parallel to each other with currents $I_1$ and $I_2$ and radii $R_1$ and $R_2$ a distance $z$ from each other, what is the ...
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Finding induced current in a loop at an instant [closed]

I'm working on this problem; however, I cannot seem to get anywhere. Given information: The rectangular loop in the figure has 2.1x10^-2 ohm resistance. What is the induced current in the loop at ...
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Can magnetic fields be redirected and focused at one point?

I know that magnetic fields can be redirected, but... given a situation where you have static magnetic field over a large area, and you want to quickly change the magnetic field strength. Is it ...
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Why does the “Troll-Mobile” not work?

See image: If I'm not totally dumb the car would move when the right magnet would not be attached to the car, at same distance of the booth magnets. So why would it not move?
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Does a nonzero Poynting vector mean that there is propagation of energy?

I don't know how this "paradox" can be solved. I'm given the following system: A permanent magnet with a magnetic field given by ($\hat{a}$ are unit vectors in the x and y directions) ...
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Is there something like the Poynting vector for hydraulic circuits?

The Poynting vector is a representation of the energy flux in electromagnetics, showing the amount and direction of power flow at different points in space. In electric circuits, the energy is not ...
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What is the physical meaning of the terms in the multipole expansion?

I have a few questions on multipole expansions and I have read about the topic in many places but could not find an answer to my questions, so please be patient with me. The electrostatic potential ...
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Canonical momentum in different coordinate system

The canonical momentum is defined as $p_{i} = \frac {\partial L}{\partial \dot{q_{i}}} $, where $L$ is the Lagrangian. So actually how does $p_{i}$ transform in one coordinate system $\textbf{q}$ to ...
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Is it possible to check from the EM waves(basically Light rays)?

Is it possible to check from the EM waves(basically Light rays), if there are any extraterrestrial objects interference/passage during its travel from the Sun? I mean, can these EMs from the Sun be ...
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Lorentz force in Dirac theory and its classical limit

It is well known that in Dirac theory the time derivative of $P_i=p_i+A_i$ operator (where $p_i=∂/∂_i$, $A_i$ - EM field vector potential) is an analogue of the Lorentz force: $\frac{dP_i}{dt} = ...
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Electromagnetic Radiation

If there was a way to see the electromagnetic waves that is all around us, i.e. see the electric and magnetic fields spreading away from an antenna say, how would it look? I mean if we were to freeze ...
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How to set the electric potential on a certain boundary to a certain value experimentally?

In electrostatic boundary value problems, usually the potential is set to some function or a constant on a certain boundary. It is never taught or told in textbooks how such assignment might be ...
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Hole in the disc shaped magnet

Let's suppose we have a magnetic disc. One half is magnetic north pole and the other half is magnetic south pole. Now suppose we drill a hole in the disc. Does anybody has an idea how the magnetic ...
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Why does it seem like a broken magnet's poles flip?

I just took a rare earth magnet out of an old hard drive. Lacking an appropriate screwdriver, force was used, and the magnet broke into two pieces; one about a quarter of the original size and one ...
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Gauss' law giving zero field where field is not zero?

Two plastic sheets with charged densities as shown: I'm trying to find the field at $B$. I obtained the correct answer by adding up the fields created by each charge density. But I realized that ...
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Potential energy of a charged ring

Consider a ring of radius $R$, and charge density $\rho$. What will be the potential energy of the ring in its self field? The best I can do: $$dq = \rho R \cdot \, d \alpha $$ $$E_p = 2 \pi R \cdot ...
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Poisson's Equation

First up, I needed to compute the potential at some external point due to charge stuffed inside the region between two concentric cylinders, the volume charge density being given. Two methods came to ...