Electrostatic analog and the relation between electrostatic and magnetism

Electrostatic analog class 12 | Relation between electrostatic and magnetism

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Electrostatic analog and the relation between electrostatic and magnetism

In this article, we are going to discuss the analogy of electrostatic and magnetism, so let’s get started…

Electrostatic and magnetism are complementary to each other. Wherever the current exists then there must exist Magnetism because magnetism is the effect of moving current. We have seen that wherever a current flows in the wire there exists a magnetic field and we have derived that what will the magnetic field in this case at some distance r from the current-carrying straight wire.

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Electrostatic analog

In electrostatic, we have studied the electric field, electric dipole moment, electrostatic potential, torque on the electric dipole, the electric field at the axial and equatorial point of an electric dipole, and electrostatic potential energy, and many more things.

But when we study magnetism, then we feel that all these things are the same just some notations are changed. In Magnetism, definitions and formulae of various quantities look similar to what we have studied in electrostatic. For example: Electric field is given by

    \[E =\frac{F}{q_e}\]

where q_e is electric charge. Similarly, the magnetic field can be given as

    \[B=\frac{F}{q_m}\]

where q_m is the magnetic charge.

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The magnetic dipole moment of a bar magnet is given as

    \[M=m(2l)\]

where m is the strength of each pole and 2l is the length between the poles.

The magnetic dipole is analogous to an electric dipole consisting of two equal charges of opposite sign (\pm q) seperated by some distance (2a). The electric dipole moment can be given as:

    \[p=q(2a)\]

The equation for the magnetic field (B) due to a magnetic dipole can be obtained from the equation of electric field (E) due to an electric dipole by making the following changes.

    \[E \rightarrow B\]

    \[p\rightarrow M\]

    \[\frac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0}\rightarrow\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}\]

Thus, for any point on the axial line of a bar magnet at a distance d(d>>>>l) from the centre of the magnet, magnetic field is given as:

    \[B_{axial}=\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}\frac{2M}{d^3}\]

Similarly, equatorial field (B_{equa}) of a bar magnet at a distance d(d>>>>l) is given as:

    \[B_{equa}=\frac{\mu_0M}{4\pi d^3}\]

Analogy between electrostatic and magnetism are given below in the table.

QuantityElectrostaticsMagnetism
Constant\frac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0} \frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}
Dipole momentpM
Equatorial field for short dipole \frac{-p}{4\pi\epsilon_0. r^3}\frac{-\mu_0M}{4\pi r^3}
Axial field for short dipole\frac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0}\frac{2p}{r^3}\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}\frac{2M}{r^3}
External field: Torquep\times EM\times B
External field: energy-p\cdot E-M\cdot B

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