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Magnetic force at the edge?

When sliding a magnet over a ferromagnetic surface there is no magnetic force at all, however,there is a magnetic force only at the edge, when the magnet is being pulled of I assume the magnetic field ...
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Could you use earth's magnetic field to build a hover skateboard? [closed]

In "Back to the Future" they use levitating anti-gravo skateboards without wheels which will be difficult to build, because there is no theory on how anti-gravity could be created. A possible ...
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Why are magnetic field lines perpendicular to the surface of a ferromagnetic material?

It is known that magnetic field lines become nearly perpendicular to the surface of a ferromagnetic material. The quantitative proof which uses the boundary condition requires that magnetization at ...
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The magnetic field of a magnetic monopole

Let us define the magnetic field $$\vec{B} = g\frac{\vec{r}}{r^3}$$ for some constant $g$. How can we show that the divergence of this field correspond to the charge distribution of a single magnetic ...
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What prevents this magnetic perpetuum mobile from working?

As a child, I imagined this device, which may seem to rotate indefinitely. I have two questions. Is this perpetual motion machine already known? If it is, could you please give some references? What ...
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What are magnetic field lines?

Does a magnetic field have concentrations of magnetic force lines as seen when putting iron filings over top a bar magnet or are these imaginary? I.e. are they just an artifact of the iron being a ...
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Calculate Magnetic Flux Density between Two Disc Magnets

If I have two disc-shaped magnets (radius r=0.05m, width w=0.03m, Remanance Br=1.06 T) separated by a distance d, how can I calculate the magnetic flux density somewhere between them? I found this ...
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Is it possible to have a magnet which looks like a hollow cylinder and who's north is interior and south is exterior?

Is it possible to have a magnet which looks like a hollow cylinder and who's north is interior and south is exterior? What then happens as the cylinder gets longer? Would that affect the strength of ...
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Why are magnetic fields only produced by moving charges? [duplicate]

Why do charged particles only produce magnetic fields while in motion?
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accelerated charged particles and interaction with magnetic field

In high school we are taught that magnetic field perpendicular to velocity of an charged particle experience perpendicular force that causes it to move in circular path by relation ...
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What is the lifetime of an induced magnetization in a para/diamagnetic material?

To the best of my knowledge thermal fluctuations are responsible for washing out any effective magnetization, once the external field is switched off. Since thermal fluctuations need some time to ...
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Cause of electromagnetic induction?

The rate of change of magnetic flux through a surface (open) is related with the line integral over the closed loop binding the selected surface by one of the Maxwell's equation. But that means even ...
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Would an octahedral magnet work as a magnetic bottle?

First, let me see if I understand all this: Charged particles are curved by magnetic fields, so if the magnetic field is strong enough, the particles "follow" the magnetic field lines, in N or S ...
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Can a magnet magnetise an object with greater strength than it possesses?

Trivial thought ... Materials may be broadly superconductive, diamagnetic, paramagnetic, ferromagnetic. An object is magnetized by repetitive motion of a magnetic field across it's surface Say a ...
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How does bow-shock constitute evidence of a magnetosphere?

Several bodies in the Solar System are possessed of a magnetosphere - Sol, Jupiter, Saturn, Earth to name a few. With these we have the proof of spacecraft/readings from Earth. For exoplanets being ...
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Is it possible to levitate a toy maglev train using only permanent magnets as long as the train stays in motion?

I am fascinated with magnets, and specifically the idea of magnetic levitation. I recently purchased a Levitron toy maglev train and have enjoyed finding the perfect sweet spot at which it levitates, ...
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Work done by magnetic field [duplicate]

I know Lorentz force don't do any work. but I want to know whether any type of magnetic field do a work or not.
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Magnetic moment precession around magnetic field

I have a question regarding the magnetic moment of an atom. If you just have one atom, and you apply an external magnetic field in lets say the z-direction. Then the magnetic moment will precess ...
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Projects for a physics club [closed]

It's a physics club for undergraduates (first three years of university); I'm looking for projects idea that aren't too obvious like a small rocket or an electromagnet (school projects) but also not ...
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Magnet alignment within solenoid

Imagine I have a solenoid connected to a power supply. Solenoid produces an electromagnetic field. Now I take a permanent magnet and place it inside the solenoid. How will the magnet align itself ...
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How do I calculate electric fields due to currents of magnetic dipoles?

Short version of my question: Do dipole currents cause fields? I think currents of aligned magnetic dipoles cause an electric field, but I don't know how to calculate this field except in the ...
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How to find the direction of the magnetic field for an infinite conducting wire?

We've got two long straight wires carrying current of 5A and placed along x and y axis respectively current flows in direction of positive axes we have to find magnetic field at a) (1 m,1 m) b) (-1 ...
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When the sun's magnetic field reverses, how can “the north pole (have) already (…) reversed, and (we are) waiting for the south pole to catch-up”?

I was reading a popular news account of the sun's upcoming magnetic field reversal at http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2013/0807/Sun-s-magnetic-reversal-means-big-changes-for-the-solar-system-video, ...
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What is the meaning of $G/cm^2$?

I'll prefix this question by stating that I am not a physicist, I am a programmer. I am working on updating a (very old) program that calculates the performance of a magnet. This whole program is in ...
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Does a magnetically suspended frog feel weightless?

Magnetic levitation has been used to suspend frogs in midair. I was wondering: Does the animal still feel gravitational pull? I mean: Does the frog feel like an astronaut on the ISS, or does he feel ...
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Sliding force less or equal?

Why is the force required to slide a magnet off a steel plate A LOT less than the force required to directly pull it off? The force required to pull the magnet can be: 20lb While the force required ...
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Energy of electron spinning in a magnetic field

When an electron travels in circles in a uniform magnetic field, it must lose energy because all accelerated charges radiate, and must therefore spiral down to the center. Is this energy compensated ...
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How to write the single electron spin-orbit coupling under an external magnetic field?

As we know, without the external magnetic field, the single electron spin-orbit coupling(SOC) has the form $\boldsymbol{\sigma}\cdot(\boldsymbol{\nabla} V\times \mathbf{p})$ up to a coefficient, ...
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Mu-metal electromagnetic core?

Is it possibile to use Mu-metal as an core for a electromagnet? Considering thats is has a very high relative permeability? Low coercive force, and low hysteresis losses. And a very very low magnetic ...
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Are Field Lines an accurate depiction of reality?

Field lines are used for explaining a wide variety of phenomenon. But is it really an accurate depiction of reality? Is it more accurate to imagine a field in a different manner. For instance, using ...
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Dimensional analysis of magnetic energy: dimensions of µ0 and H

When calculating the energy difference between the normal and the superconducting state in a superconductor at zero magnetic field, the result is as follows: Now I'm quite confident of this result, ...
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magnetic field outside a solenoid

I couldn't picture the idea behind the zero magnetic flux outside the solenoid properly.My teacher explained it as"Components of the magnetic field in other directions are cancelled by opposing fields ...
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Quantum Cyclotron Frequency - Why is it off by a factor of 2?

Say you have a magnetic field $\vec{B}=(0,0,B_0)$. Then the Schrodinger Equation Hamiltonian for a spin-2 particle of charge $e$ moving in this field is: $$H = ...
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Tale of two magnets

Please help. My example: You take a sheet of steel and suspend it in the air. Then you take a permanent magnet (i.e. a neodymium magnet) and attach it to the sheet of steel and from that you suspend ...
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Is there a relation between the magnetic field force of the earth and the gravitational force between the earth and other bodies?

According to Newton's Universal Law of gravitation, we can say that a huge body of mass will attract another body of mass within a short range, however, if both bodies are for instance magnetic, ...
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What happens if torque = 0?

I am trying to understand torque on a current loop which is placed in a uniform $\vec{B}$-field. (http://i.stack.imgur.com/oNO8a.jpg) It says that $\vec{F}_2$ and $\vec{F}_4$ have the same ...
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Is it possible to generate usable electricity from the motion or magnetic field of the Earth? [duplicate]

Let me start by saying that my knowledge of physics is almost nil (only high school level and I pretty much forgot everything) so bear with me, if I am asking naive questions the answers of which may ...
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Applying the right-hand rule for magnetic forces

I am confused about the right-hand rule for the Lorentz force. I am using same method as Brightstorm.com is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK7hv4LX3ys But for some reason it does not match op with ...
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Why is the Maxwell Stress Tensor symmetric?

What is the physical meaning of the Maxwell Stress tensor symmetry?
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Potentials in Helmoholtz Theorem

I read about Helmholtz theorem on the Griffiths (Introduction to electrodynamics) and in the appendix B it shows how to use the Helmholtz theorem to determine the field F starting from the potential. ...
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What is the meaning of a constant magnetic scalar potential?

Let a spherical shell of inner radius $a$ and outer radius $b$ have a uniform magnetization $\mathbf{M}=M\,\hat{\mathbf{z}}$, $\hskip2in$ I've found that the magnetic scalar potential ...
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Calculation of magnetic force magnitude from a parmenant magnet

I was wondering how strong a magnet should be in order to be able to horizontally attract 0.2 Kg of pure iron at a distance of 0.3 M. Since I know nothing about magnets, I started looking for ...
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How to size an electromagnet

How can I size an electromagnet? For example if I would to attract a mass of $x$ kg what are the calculations that I must do to size the ferromagnetic core and of course the solenoid? And thus, how ...
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How can Magnets be used to pick up pieces of metal when the force from a magnetic field does no work?

I learned that the force from magnetic fields does no work. However I was wondering how magnets can be used to pick up pieces of metal like small paperclips and stuff. I also was wondering how magnets ...
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Current to cancel Earth's magnetic field

I'm making a lab report where I've used a Helmholtz coil and a magnet to find Earth's magnetic field intensity in the area by relating the frequency of oscillation of the magnet when a certain current ...
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Magnetic field insulators

I was wondering if there is any way to stop the magnetic field, without having the insulator turned into magnet. Let me present this as a simple case, there is a magnet to the left and a piece of iron ...
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Magnetic Field at center of solenoid - Is this correct?

I've seen some different ways to compute tha magnetic field at the center of a solenoid, and sometimes people say that the result $B=\mu_0 n i$ is just an approximation. Well, I've thought on this way ...
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Is Biot-Savart law obtained empirically or can it be derived?

Well, there's already a question like this here so that my question could be considered duplicate, but I'll try to make my point clear. Is there a way to derive Biot-Savart law from the Lorentz' Force ...
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From where do the permanent magnets get energy from? [duplicate]

I have a doubt about permanent magnets. If a magnet is permanent it can attract some materials permanently. Attracting something involves energy. If a permanent magnet can do this forever, from where ...
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Magnetic force doesn't do work and therefore can't change the KE of a particle?

I am having a real hard time understanding the principles behind a question I've come across during test prep. Here is the question: Q: A proton and an electron are traveling in the uniform ...