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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What does it mean to be unique in terms of vector potentials?

I was in an electro-magnetism lecture, we were looking at the magneto-static maxwell’s equations: $$\triangledown\cdot\textbf{B}=0$$ $$\triangledown\times\textbf{B}=\mu_0\textbf{J}$$ I am aware ...
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In what circumstances, can exchange interaction acquire temperature dependence?

Heisenberg exchange interaction (sometimes called as magnetic stiffness?), originating from the Coulomb interaction and the Fermion statistics, is widely used in theories of magnetism. Conventionally, ...
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What is wavelength of electric field generated in a wire? [closed]

I read link given below: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speed_of_electricity Above link says _The speed at which energy or signals travel down a cable is actually the speed of the electromagnetic ...
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Rigorous proof of Ampère's law from the Biot-Savart law

This question focusses on the tridimensional distribution of current, different from the case discussed in another post of mine, whose answer relates to a linear distribution where ...
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How does a magnetic field cause objects to move?

I understand electricity and magnetism and the relationship between them. What I never understood, and never actually seen explained in any book or website, is how opposite magnetic fields cause ...
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How can a moving point charge “update” its fields without emitting an e-m wave?

If an observer brutally moves a point charge from position A to position B, the electric field produced by the point charge at a given point P changes. Furthermore, a delay is observed before this ...
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Reference frequency

In my experiment, I have to obtain a relation between magnetic field of a solenoid and the applied Vp-p. The setup is as follows. http://www.teachspin.com/instruments/faraday/ Does my choice of ...
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potential inside a cylindrical shell in terms of the surface potential?

Given a potential distribution $V(\phi)$ at the surface of an infinite cylindrical shell, is there an easy way to derive the potential inside the cylinder. No charges or currents anywhere.
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how would an iron encapsulated electromagnet work?

I have been searching for this for a while now, but, a normal electromagnet works with(example) an iron cylinder and a copper coil around it, but would it work the same if you were to encapsulate it ...
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How does parallel plate lose energy when deflecting charged particles

Say you have a parallel plate setup, each plate is charged with ±Q of charge, and is then disconnected from the power source and is insulated from the environment. There is no way the plates can be ...
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Light is/produces a electromagnetic wave, but is the opposite also true?

A similar question has been asked, and to some extent the answer is: you need an antenna with $L \approx 200nm$. But it's not entirely clear to me if this is completely hypothetical, as "Marek" also ...
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Does the Lorentz force law explain Flemings left hand motor rule and the right hand dynamo rule?

the Lorentz force on a charged particle $F=qv \times B$ can explain Flemings left hand rule (motor rule) and the right hand (dynamo rule) In the left hand rule, the direction of the current gives ...
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Equation relating voltage and minimum rpm needed for generating 1V using a magnet around copper wire

I was wondering if there is any equation or law or something that relates the minimum rpm needed when a magnet spins around a copper wire to generate 1 volt? In other words, how fast does the magnet ...
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Electromagnetism(CLOCK RULE)

Can anybody explain why the clock rule has been designed the way it is? I mean , why is it that the polarity is North pole, if current flows in the anticlockwise sense as viewed from above and ...
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Domains of electromagnets

I know that magnetism is due to the alignment of domains of a magnetic substance. Due to this reason, an iron bar may be magnetized by stroking it with a permanent magnet such that its domains are ...
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Biot-Savart law from Ampère's with multivariate calculus

Let us assume the validity of Ampère's circuital law $$\oint_{\gamma}\mathbf{B}\cdot d\mathbf{x}=\mu_0 I_{\text{linked}}$$where $\mathbf{B}$ is the magnetic field, $\gamma$ a closed path linking the ...
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Ampère's law from Biot-Savart law for linear currents with multivariate calculus

My book, W.E. Gettys's Physics, starts from the Biot-Savart law $d\mathbf{B}=\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}\frac{Id\boldsymbol{\ell}\times\hat{\mathbf{r}}}{r^2}$, ...
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Why is the electric potential of a point from a point charge of +Q positive?

According to the formula, $$V = - \int \vec E \cdot d\vec r.$$ The electric potential of a point charge is $\frac{KQ}R$? However, when I perform the integration, my answer is $-\frac{KQ}R$. Since ...
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Ohm's law experiment

I was going through my physics laboratory manual. In the Ohm's Law Experiment, the book states a few precautions without any reasoning. 1.The wire whose resistance has to be determined should ...
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Helical motion of charged particle in external magnetic field

When an electron moves in uniform external magnetic field, with velocity not perpendicular, I understand that the magnitude of force is only due to the perpendicular component of velocity and is ...
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Where do magnets get the energy to repel?

If I separate two magnets whose opposite poles are facing, I am adding energy. If I let go of the magnets, then presumably the energy that I added is used to move the magnets together again. However, ...
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Meaning of boundary condition for steady current density?

Although I understand the derivation of boundary condition in case of steady electric current but I did not understand, that the electric field which is in direction of $J$ current density that is ...
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How does a point charge interact with a Gaussian surface?

A spherical Gaussian surface encloses a point charge $q$. The point charge is moved to to a point away from the center of the sphere. Does the electric field at a point on the surface change? ...
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Magnetic field of a current carrying wire reduce/increase exterior magnetic field?

If we place a wire within a uniform exterior magnetic field ($B_x$) that's perpendicular to it's length, and allowed current to flow withing the that conductive medium, there is another magnetic field ...
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Energy of electromagnetic wave

Its given here that energy density of an electromagnetic wave is $$\vec S=\frac{1}{\mu}(\vec E\times\vec B)$$ How is the above expression derived? And when did energy become a vector? I though work ...
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Why does energy flow between a high voltage transmission line and linemen approaching it on a helicopter?

The video High power line workers shows linemen servicing a live high voltage transmission line. As the helicopter approaches the line, the lineman reaches out with a metallic wand that is ...
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Which of the properties of particles are intrinsic properties and why? [on hold]

For macroscopic objects it's clear that - once observed - the observed property does exist for a while, even if we are no longer observing it. That has to do with the complexity and stability of such ...
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Problem on electromagnetic induction and Newtonian physics

Please imagine a solenoidal toroid (i.e. a donut shaped inductor) powered by an AC voltage source. It creates a changing magnetic field which is confined to the interior of the toroid (i.e. within the ...
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Boundary conditions on current carrying wire

I'm trying to simulate by finite elements method Maxwell equations for a current carrying wire. My 3d geometry consists of a cylinder and a box containing it. I will use a mixed formulation and ...
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What is the electric field exactly on the surface of a conducting sphere?

Within the sphere, the electric field is 0, but is the electric field still 0 exactly on the surface?
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Do physical entities with one dimension equal to 0 exist?

Within mathematics, a lot of entities with one or more size equal to zero exist and are fluently manipulated. For example, within $\mathbb R^4$, the entity defined as $z=0, t=2$ is a plan, the one ...
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Transformer ratios - 1:2 vs 50:100

I am only the equivalent of a high school student, so please, if possible, don't answer this question with anything too complex or really advanced university level. I am very happy to research new ...
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Dielectric Constant and Frequency [on hold]

How dielectric constant of a parallel plate capacitor varies by varying frequency in physical terms?
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How to find the direction of an eddy current?

Suppose there is a magnetic field going from left to right. Suppose a thin sheet of metal conductor (e.g. a 1m*1m square) is dropped through the magnetic field such that the plane of the conductor is ...
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Why does magnetic field and not electric field invert in a reflection? (related to another question)

When you are talking about an elctromagnetic wave that reflects on a surface (for example here), why do you say that the reflected magnetic field inverts and not the electric field? \begin{align} E_+ ...
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What is “wrong” with this microwave?

Metal objects in microwave ovens are known to be somewhat dangerous. However, my microwave has the following label stuck inside: It seems to imply that this particular oven forbids heating drinks ...
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Relationship between the g-factor and the gyromagnetic ratio?

From what I have read the g-factor and the gyromagnetic ratio are two different quantities. It appears to me that the gyromagnetic ratio is the ratio between (any) angular momentum and the magnetic ...
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Electric field produced by polarized medium at the surface of a conductor

Suppose we have some conducting sphere of radius $R$ and charge $Q$ submerged half way into a medium with permittivity $\epsilon_1$. I have deduced that the electric field produced by the sphere will ...
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Do light waves precisely follow null geodesic paths in General Relativity?

In special relativity one may show that a plane wave solution of Maxwell's equations (in a vacuum), of the form $A^a=C^a\mathrm{e}^{\mathrm{i}\psi}$ has the following properties: The normal ...
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Right hand solenoid example

I am just studying for my physics final exam. I came across this example and am not satisfied with the answer. My answer is that Z is South and the current would flow from Y to X because of the ...
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relation between permittivity and IMPEDANCE? [on hold]

DETERMINATION OF Permittivity FROM IMPEDANCE MEASUREMENT USING AGilent ANALYZER
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What determines the magnitude of force of an electromagnet?

Let's assume that there is an electromagnet with $B = 1 Tesla$ , what is the magnitude of the force it could generate on other dipoles equal to it's surface area? Can the magnitude of force (in ...
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Relationship between the material properties of an edge and the fringes behind this edge

The double-slit experiment shows fringes on a screen. Closing one of the slits there is still an interference pattern on the screen behind the slit. Making the slit wider we still see fringes between ...
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Force of a solenoid on a ferromagnetic material

As I was trying to find an answer to another problem, I was informed that the equation I was using would not work. The equation I was using was $$F = (NI)^2\mu_0\frac{\text{Area}}{2g^2}$$ If this ...
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Two concentric conducting shells connected by wire with modified Coulomb law?

This question is related to this one, but is a bit different. Consider two concentric and conducting spherical shells connected by a wire. Inner shell has radius $b$ and (unknown) charge $q_b$ while ...
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What could be the cause of a phase shift between the torque and the angular speed in DC generator?

Introducing some variations in the form of sinusoids in the electromagnetic flux of a DC generator connected to a hydraulic turbine runner I obtained some strange results for the phase shift between ...
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Why is a stellarator-type nuclear fusion reactor so oddly-shaped?

My first impression: It's a mess. Why is it shaped like that? I can't find any info about its shape other than it's a special arrangement of magnetic coils. (link) Here's some more images of it on ...
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Self dual electromagnetic fields [on hold]

Has anyone developed (or is working on) a self-dual EM field in toroidal coordinates? If so, please reference. Self dual refers basically to the EM field tensor but the practical meaning is that the ...
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How is the current flow perpendicular to the wire?

This answer gives a great explanation of how surface charge builds up to force the current to move perpendicular to the wire: http://physics.stackexchange.com/a/102936/41086 However, it fails to ...
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How can I find the position of an image charge when the boundary is parabolic or hyperbolic?

If the position of some charge $Q$ is known, the boundary condition is $u=0$ on some parabolic surface, and we know the image charge has its electric volume of $Q'$, then how can I determine the ...