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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Ampere's circuital law

I'm having trouble understanding the surface used for Ampere's Circuital Law. In classes, we've been using simple circular or rectangular loops. Is the surface supposed to be area of the circle or the ...
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Finding charge (electromagnetism course) [duplicate]

I'm a maths undergrad taking a course on electromagnetism, I've drawn a diagram to represent this following question, but I'm having a bit of trouble approaching it: "Two tiny balls of mass m = 0:1 g ...
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How to achieve Gigavolts?

I was searching the internet when I found this article http://arxiv.org/abs/0804.1764, about achieving high voltage and power to ignite thermonuclear reaction by inertial confinement, the plan was to ...
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Are metals more heavy due to the Earth's magnetic field?

Non-metal objects are attracted to the Earth due to gravity. So the weight of non-metal objects can be only dependent on their mass. On the other hand metals can be attracted to the Earth's magnetic ...
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How do wind turbines cause lightning?

I saw this paper about Lightning discharges produced by wind turbines More lightning strikes wind turbines than comparable non-moving structures. What would be the physical cause of this? Does it ...
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Absolute permittivity and permeability of free space

I'm reading about the propagation of EM waves in vacuum. We define the wave equation using two constants: $\epsilon_0$ and $\mu_0$. Of course they are absolute permittivity and absolute permeability ...
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How to derive the expression for the electric field in terms of the potential?

How can I derive that $$\vec{E}=-\vec{\nabla}\phi-\frac{\partial \vec{A}}{\partial t}$$ where $\phi$ is the scalar potential and $\vec{A}$ the vector potential?
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What is the meaning of electron's magnetic effect cancelling each other?

I'm trying to understand, why magnets attract certain metals but not objects made out of paper, plastic etc. And the answer I got is "in paper, electrons cancel each other". What does it mean?
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What does non magnetic and nonconducting mean in reflection and transmission of waves?

So, we were ask to consider the Fresnel Equations for parallel and perpendicular waves (with index of refractions). Then, we are ask to prove some equations in which "... for nonmagnetic non-...
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Does the 1-D poisson's equation have monotonic potentials if $\rho=\rho(\phi(z))$?

I am solving the 1-D poisson equation: $$\frac{d^2 \phi}{dz^2}=-4\pi\rho(\phi)$$ with the additional requirement that $\rho(\phi(z=0))=0$. If I start by multiplying each side by $\frac{d\phi}{d z}$ ...
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Conservation of energy in electromagnetism?

How is energy conserved in electromagnetism? Is it hinted only from Lenz's law or from Maxwell? Also, if a solenoid's flow of current produces a magnetic field, and from the magnetic field forces are ...
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Speed of different em radiation in a medium

Does all frequency of light travel with the same speed in a particular material like glass? Since by cauchy's relation refractive index change with wavelength which implies the speed also changes. ...
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Temperature and resistance?

Why does resistivity increase with temperature? The explanations I have heard so far are that increasing temperature increases vibrations in the lattice structure resulting in the number of ...
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Top angular speed of electric motor

I recently came across a question asking the following: If a motor is switched on, it quickly reaches a top speed. Why does it not just go faster and faster and faster? I thought it might be ...
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Can the $\vec H$-field have non-zero divergence? Does an $\vec H$-field monopole exist?

We know that, $\vec \nabla \cdot \vec B=0$ but $\vec \nabla \cdot \vec H\neq 0$, if $\vec \nabla \cdot \vec M \neq 0$. Does it mean that, in those cases $\vec H$-field has poles although $\vec B$-...
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Magnetic field due to electron in Hydrogen?

We can calculate the current density $\mathbf{j}$ of the electron in Hydrogen, and it is given by: $$ j_\phi=-e\frac{\hbar m}{\mu r\sin\theta}\left|\psi_{nlm}\left(r,\theta,\phi\right)\right|^2 $$ (...
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Physical distribution of salt anions and cations during electrophoresis

If I have a volume of $L$ liters of salt water at a concentration of $\approx N$ mM NaCl and I pour it into an electrophoretic apparatus (like this one: ). Once we turn the apparatus on, and set the ...
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Derivation of Ampère's force law

$$\vec{F}_\text{mag} = \frac{\mu_0 I_1 I_2}{4\pi } \oint\oint\frac{\mathrm{d}\vec{l}_1\times(\mathrm{d}\vec{l}_2\times\hat{r})}{r^2}$$ Is there any derivation for Ampère's force law or is it just ...
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how electrophoretic display like E ink retains particles on top of capsule without power?

how electronic ink display retains the particles on top of micro capsule when charge on electrode is released or when device is powered off? Doesnt that make particles loose on the dielectric fluid ...
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Difference between Cotton Mouton effect and inverse Cotton Mouton effect

The Cotton mouton effect is observed when a linearly polarized electromagnetic wave passes through a dielectric medium and a magnetic field is applied perpendicular to the direction of propagation of ...
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Electric field in wire's cross section?

 $\Delta V_{ABCDA} = - \int_A^A \vec{E} \dot{}d\vec{l}$ The requirement that the round-trip potential difference be zero means that $E_1$ and $E_2$ have to be equal. Therefore the electric ...
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How much power would a space craft's magnetic shield require? [closed]

I've read over the decades that a magnetic shield might protect a spacecraft from cosmic radiation. Its a fascinating idea that might only be theory or science fiction at the moment. In regards to ...
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electromagnetic induction. Does charge matter?

Just wondering. I know a negative electric charge moving though a coil will induce a voltage in the coil. My question is, would a positive charge, say an ion beam, moving though a coil also induce a ...
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What is the conclusion from Aharonov-Bohm Effect?

What is the conclusion that we can draw from the Aharonov-Bohm effect? Does it simply suggest that the vector potential has measurable effects? Does it mean that it is a real observable in quantum ...
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Ferromagnet induced current?

A ferromagnet is attracted to a solenoid's magnetic field. I understand that now the ferromagnet produced a magnetic field, from that process is there an induced $EMF$? Can ferromagnets that are not ...
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Is the Maxwell Stress Tensor Coordinate Dependent?

I am wondering if the Maxwell stress tensor, defined as $$T_{ij} = \epsilon_0 (E_iE_j-\frac{1}{2}\delta_{ij}E^2) + \frac{1}{\mu_0}(B_iB_j-\frac{1}{2}\delta_{ij}B^2) $$ is coordinate dependent. I ...
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Is this a valid proof that the four-current is conserved?

The four-current of a particle moving along a worldine $X^\nu(s)$ is defined as $$j^\mu(x^\nu) = ec \int u^\mu(s)\, \delta^4(x^\nu - X^\nu(s)) \, ds$$ So here's my proof that this is conserved: \...
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The problem of self-force on point charges

Allow me to preface this by stating that I am a high school student interested in physics and self-studying using a variety of resources, both on- and off-line, primarily GSU's HyperPhysics website, ...
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Is a magnetic field affected by the presence of air?

Does air affect a magnetic field's ability to attract ferromagnets? If a magnetic field and a ferromagnet were placed in a vacuum would there be a better performance?
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Why do electric generators need a prime mover?

Commonly electric generators need a mechanical torque provided by a prime mover [gas turbine or steam turbine or diesel engine,etc] which is needed for the rotation of the generator rotor. I would ...
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Capacitors: why is the energy not stored in a magnetic field?

When a capacitor is charging, the rate of change $dE/dt$ of the electric field between the plates is non-zero, and from the Maxwell-Ampère equation this causes a circulating magnetic field. Now, ...
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Cause of Magnetic field

According to maxwell-ampere equation, the curl of magnetic field at that point equals the current density at that point + change of electric field at that point w.r.t. time. Now, the second factor i.e....
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Ferromagnets and magnets tend to align in the center. Why is that?

When you bring a large iron plate and a magnet, the magnet attracts the iron plate and it tends to slide itself to the center. When I place it on the edge, it always aligns at the center why is that?
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Electric potential on a uniformly charged tube

A hollow cylinder, with no top or bottom, of radius $R$ and length $L$ is uniformly charged with density $\sigma>0$. I have to find the point on space where a point charge $q>0$ has to be drawn ...
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Expanding the Magnetic field?

A magnetic field $B$ can apply a force $X$ on a ferromagnet when there is no gap to separate them, $r$ = 0. When that gap ($r$) is increased to 3 cm, the force drops to zero. How can that be solved? ...
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A dielectric sphere in an initially uniform electric field and representation theory of SO(3)

I learned recently that the highest order spherical harmonic required to represent the spatial distribution of decay products of a particle can be used to determine its spin, by using arguments ...
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Why change in Capacitance?

I do know it that the overall capacitance decreases if two or more capacitors are connected in series,but do not understand why? I do understand it mathematically but don't get the physics behind it.
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The workings of the Hall effect?

I want to ask about the workings of the Hall effect. Why do the electrons come to rest on the edge of the wire? The magnetic field pushes them up, and the electric field pushes them forward. Shouldn't ...
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Are magnetic hysteresis losses relevant to alternating currents flowing in a wire?

Say we have an AC in a magnetically lossy material, like iron. Because of iron's relatively high permeability, skin effect will be more pronounced than it is in say, copper, so this iron wire isn't so ...
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Surface charge in a wire?

The image above shows the distribution of the surface charge in a current carrying wire. The surface charges distributes themselves to make sure the field inside the wire is always perpendicular to ...
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Electric field in a wire?

The electric field in a wire is parallel to the wire's surface (it is always pointing "to the front"). If the electric field did not point in this direction, surface charges would build up and change ...
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Does there exist a single plate capacitor(conductor)?

Does there exist a single plate capacitor(conductor)? if yes How will you define the capacitance and potential(difference) of such conductor?
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Question related to Equipotential Surface

How will you show that equipotential surface is always directed perpendicular to electric field?
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Is the canonical momentum conserved when a particle moves in magnetic field?

Here is a question about the canonical momentum that I had asked some days ago, but I still have one point that I am not understand. Considering a particle moves in a magnetic field with charge $q$ ...
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induced emf when a wire or coil travel through a magnetic field

I've recently learned that If you move a conductor through a magnetic field, an emf is induced across the ends of the conductor: $E = BLv $ I've also been told that the same is true for a coil but ...
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What is the Significance of Magetic Field Energy Density?

If we consider electrostatic field energy density for an electrical field then by analysis we find that it is the representation of the total electrostatic potential energy of the considered system....
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Voltage in a circuit?

The voltage of the battery signifies the difference in voltage between the positive and negative terminal What does this mean? The definition of voltage difference I'm familiar with is the amount ...
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Maxwell equations and symmetry

Do the full inhomogeneous Maxwell equations obey parity (P) and time reversal (T) symmetry separately or only the full CPT symmetry? I believe the homogeneous Maxwell equations obey parity and time ...
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Frequency of rotating coil

Given a coil initially in the x-y plane, rotating at angular frequency $ \omega $ about the x-axis in a magnetic field in the z-direction. This uniform time varying magnetic field is given by $B_z (t)=...
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Characteristic quantities in Fiber optics

I'm having trouble finding typical quantities in fiber optic communication. In particular, what kind of powers are generally used (or what is the minimum that fiber optics receivers can detect ...