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If you are vacuuming your carpet and you wrap the cord around your body do you become a magnet?

If you wrap an active electric cord around your body, do you become an electromagnet?
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Please help identify this physics apparatus!

This was my grandfather’s and have no idea what it is only that it is some piece of physics equipment! The main black cylinder doesn’t seem like it wants to rotate but not sure if it should?
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How did physicists know that only negative charges move?

I have phrased similarly another question about how physicists knew that two charges exist, positive and negative. The purpose of the question is not necessarily to educate me historically. It's just ...
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How does the emf “know” what the magnetic flux is?

I came across an example in my book where it has the changing flux from a solenoid passing through a larger ring at the end. Here's a picture: How does the large loop (or radius $r_1$) even “know” ...
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Can you make ice red hot?

This video clip allegedly shows an otherwise unspecified ice cube that turns red hot (and burns) due to induction heating. Can somebody explain how this works?
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Does a positive or negative charge attract a neutral object?

Three objects are brought close to each other, two at a time. When objects A and B are brought together, they attract. When objects B and C are brought together, they repel. From this, we conclude ...
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Magnetic Levitation : Confusion with Lenz's Law

Considering the above diagram, I am failing to see why the aluminium ring floats upwards rather than oscillates. I understand Faraday's law, but I am struggling with Lenz's law - as there is an ...
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Measuring voltage drop from induced current

I'm having trouble connecting voltage drops and induced current. Imagine you have a triangular loop make up off three resistors. You place this loop in a constantly changing magnetic field. This ...
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Why doe we not get a shock on induction cooker?

In induction cooking, eddy currents in cook-pot cause heat to be produced. But why do we not get a shock? Also, why is it that current is converted to heat while it has a good conductor(say, steel) ...
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Why would a steel tube vibrate under high voltage?

Can anyone explain why a vertical steel tube, standing with one end in contact with the ground under a $230 \space kV$ electric transmission tower, would physically vibrate at high frequency? I'm not ...
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Motion in a time-dependent uniform magnetic field

Suppose you have an infinite solenoid generating an uniform magnetic field inside. The field is oriented along the solenoid axis : unit vector $\vec{\bf n}$. The field intensity varies linearly with ...
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Kirchoff's rules and inductance

Can Kirchoff's loop rule be applied in a scenario involving an inductor? Kirchoff's loop rule states that the closed loop integral of E dot dl is equal to zero. But, in a situation with an inductor, a ...
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What happens if the load on the electrical generator exceeds its generation power? And why?

What happens if the load on the electrical generator exceeds its power generation? and why? To be more precise, suppose we have a standard induction generator operating at frequency $\nu=50\:\mathrm{...
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Can an induction coil heat two layers of metal?

Imagine we have an induction coil which is strong enough to heat a sheet of metal. We can put a sheet of ferromagnetic metal close to the coil at distance $h_1$, and it gets heated to temperature $t_1$...
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Explaining Lenz's Law without conservation of energy

I was often told by my professor, using the following example, to demonstrate the relationship of conservation of energy and Lenz's Law. If you push a conductor into a constant magnetic field. By ...
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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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Weird phenomenon on aluminum laptop casing [duplicate]

A couple of days ago I observed a phenomenon which I'm not sure I understand correctly. My brother-in-law has recently bought an ASUS gaming laptop in an aluminum casing. When the power supply is ...
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What is the area in Faraday's law if we have only a piece of metal moving in a magnetic field?

If a piece of metal of length $l$ is moving with a speed $v$ in a region where there is a uniform magnetic field $B$ perpendicular to it, there will be a potential difference across its terminals ...
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Application of Kirchhoff's laws in circuits with inductors

As we know,the Kirchhoff circuit laws are applicable for conservative electric fields. Now it is applicable for circuits where inductors are present but the field there is not conservative. So how ...
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Calculate electric field induced by a changing magnetic field

I want to plot the electric field (as a vector field plot) which is induced by a changing magnetic field for some simple cases. Suppose for example that the magnetic field changes linearly (or ...
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Does changing the electric / magnetic field cause self-reinforcing induction of the other?

I understand that changing electric field produces magnetic field and changing magnetic field produces electric field. Are these produced magnetic and electric field produced due to one defined to be ...
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Non-conservative electric fields due to changing magnetic flux?

What I read in several places, tells me that, the fact Coulomb's Law follows inverse-square law and gives a force which is radial, implies that a static electric field must be conservative.(In short, ...
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Why an inductor parallel with a light bulb makes it flash as a key closes the circuit?

The title is a simplified form of my question. To be precise, I'm talking about the following circuit: The inductor has a resistanse equal to the resistor in the circuit. So, the question is that, ...
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Can I feel (the results of) electromagnetic induction from overhead rail lines in the human body?

A few weeks back, I was standing at a Hornsey rail station (in the UK) which uses overhead lines, and particularly has a number of parallel rail lines, all close to the platform. While I was standing ...
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How to calculate the energy transfer between working coil and working piece and dissipated energy of working piece in induction heating?

For who don't know how does induction heating work, a short description can be found here. However, my question is about physics. Assume I have a coil inductor calculated carefully 50 uH as below: ...
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Induction cooker + superconductive pot [closed]

What will happen if I put a super-conductive object on an induction cooker, and turn the cooker on?
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Can current be induced in a superconductor?

Moving a magnet close to a conductor induces a current. If it consists of a superconducting material with resistance $R=0$, then my textbook says: Then the induced current will continue to flow ...
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Inductor in A.C. Circuit

I am reading about inductors connected in A.C. Circuits. I understand mathematically that the current lags behind voltage. But what is the physical explanation for this? My understanding: As the emf ...
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Transformer and magnetic field/flux through the iron core?

I am familiar with how a transformer works. This is the diagram that I found on the wikipedia page: The current through the red solenoid varies with time, which creates a time-dependent magnetic ...
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Is it possible to get energy from electrical wire using induction?

Pardon me if this is a stupid question but my physics courses are from a long long time ago and I was a teenager back then. ;) Electricity in a wire generates electromagnetism, right? Would it be ...
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Faraday's law in open circuits

Faraday's law needs a closed loop $\partial\Sigma$ in order to be applied (so as to be able to calculate the magnetic flux across $\Sigma$). However, $\partial\Sigma$ is just, at least according to my ...
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Why can induction cooktops not use aluminium or copper utensils?

Why can induction cooktops not use aluminium or copper utensils, when both materials are conductors and hence conducive to eddy currents, which are used by these devices to cook? Edit 1 (10 Nov 2016):...
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Why is there a voltage drop across a superconducting inductor?

If there is no electric field inside a perfect conductor, then why is there a potential difference across an (superconducting) inductor?
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Use of tungsten as an insulator in an induction heater

One problem in induction heating is that energy is lost because the object being heated radiates energy, that energy then heats the coils (which are water cooled) and the coils suck away the energy. ...
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How are the Lorentz force, Maxwell's third law and Faraday's law of induction clasically related?

Faraday's law of induction can be used in any situation where the magnetic flux is changing through a closed conducting loop. While giving the correct answer, it seems to me that for the following ...
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Work done by Lorentz Force in case of motional emf

In the classical example of the slidewire generator where the rod slides on a U-shaped conductor in a magnetic field, we get a charge separation due to the Lorentz force. The way the induced emf is ...
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Why does magnetism move electrons in a conductor?

What is to account for at the atomic level which gives magnetism its force upon electrons in a conductor? Why does the Lorenz force work?
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Does an Inductor maintain it's energy?

Consider a simple LCR ac circuit; generally I (might) understand that the charge exchange between capacitor and inductor would induce a harmonic current flow, but I remain confused for two reasons: ...
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Voltmeters and changing magnetic fields

A changing magnetic field pierces the interior of a circuit containing three identical resistors. Two voltmeters are connected to the same points, as shown. V1 reads 1 mV. What does V2 read? ...
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Why in electrostatics is $dV=-E.dr$ but in electromagnetic induction, $EMF=+E.dS$?

In electrostatics we learned that $$dV=-E.dr$$. I understood the derivation which was used to derive this. Now when I have come to Electromagnetic Induction,I see that when there is a time varying ...
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Faraday's paradox

I have studied that Faraday's law of induction and motional emf are two different lines of thinking but are essentially same. But then, how can Faraday's paradox be explained by Faraday's law of ...
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Could magnetic fields really be completely substituted by relativity and electric fields?

In many textbooks (especially those for undergraduate level), magnetic fields are described merely as a relativistic side product of electric fields when considering frames in motion relative to ...
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Do induction chargers waste electricity?

Do induction chargers use more energy than traditional chargers while plugged in to the mains but not charging a device?
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Is there is any way to prove the Faraday's law of induction?

I want to know if there is any way to prove the Faraday's law or is it just an experimental observed phenomena? More specifically, is there any reason why the proportionality constant is 1? How did ...
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Zero current induced in a loop

Consider the following two cases, Case 1 – A coil moving through a constant magnetic field Case 2 – A conductor moving through a constant magnetic field Now, in Case 1 (a coil moving through a ...
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Is the standard explanation for the ring launcher incomplete?

Related: Faraday's law in a ring The ring launcher is a standard introductory physics demonstration that I assume almost everyone has seen (if not, YouTube it). The explanation of why the ring is ...
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Does special relativity unify the two phenomena at the base of Faraday's flux law (was Feynman wrong in this case)?

Consider Faraday's flux law for the EMF generated in a conductor loop: $$ \varepsilon = - \frac{d \phi}{dt},$$ where $\varepsilon$ is the EMF, and $\phi$ is the magnetic flux through the loop. ...
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Predicting Polarity of capacitor in the given diagram

I have to determine the polarity of the Capacitor in the given diagram. I Approached the problem as follows: When Magnet 1 moves with its North pole towards the coil, emf is induced in the coil as ...
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Does the skin effect and the proximity effect cancel each other out?

I'm interested in how the Skin Effect and the Proximity Effect interact with each other. From what I can understand: The Skin Effect is when AC current 'collects' on the skin of conductors due 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 ...