# 839

Chapter 30
Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves

Conceptual Problems

1 • [SSM] True or false:

(a) The displacement current has different units than the conduction current.
(b) Displacement current only exists if the electric field in the region is
changing with time.
(c) In an oscillating LC circuit, no displacement current exists between the
capacitor plates when the capacitor is momentarily fully charged.
(d) In an oscillating LC circuit, no displacement current exists between the
capacitor plates when the capacitor is momentarily uncharged.

(a) False. Like those of conduction current, the units of displacement current are
C/s.

(b) True. Because displacement current is given by dt d I
e 0 d
φ ∈ = , I
d
is zero if
0
e
= dt dφ .

(c) True. When the capacitor is fully charged, the electric flux is momentarily a
maximum (its rate of change is zero) and, consequently, the displacement current
between the plates of the capacitor is zero.

(d) False. I
d
is zero if 0
e
= dt dφ . At the moment when the capacitor is
momentarily uncharged, dE/dt ≠ 0 and so 0
e
≠ dt dφ .

2 • Using SI units, show that dt d I
e 0 d
φ ∈ = has units of current.

Determine the Concept We need to show that dt d
e 0
φ ∈ has units of amperes.
We can accomplish this by substituting the SI units of
0
∈ and dt d
e
φ and
simplifying the resulting expression.

A
s
C
s
m
C
N
m N
C
2
2
= =

3 • [SSM] True or false:

(a) Maxwell’s equations apply only to electric and magnetic fields that are
constant over time.
(b) The electromagnetic wave equation can be derived from Maxwell’s
equations.
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(c) Electromagnetic waves are transverse waves.
(d) The electric and magnetic fields of an electromagnetic wave in free space
are in phase.

(a) False. Maxwell’s equations apply to both time-independent and time-
dependent fields.

(b) True. One can use Faraday’s law and the modified version of Ampere’s law to
derive the wave equation.

(c) True. Both the electric and magnetic fields of an electromagnetic wave
oscillate at right angles to the direction of propagation of the wave.

(d) True.

4 • Theorists have speculated about the existence of magnetic monopoles,
and several experimental searches for such monopoles have occurred. Suppose
magnetic monopoles were found and that the magnetic field at a distance r from a
monopole of strength q
m
is given by B = (μ
0
/4π)q
m
/r
2
. Modify the Gauss’s law for
magnetism equation to be consistent with such a discovery.

Determine the Concept Gauss’s law for magnetism would become
inside m, 0
S
n
q dA B μ =

where q
m, inside
is the total magnetic charge inside the
Gaussian surface. Note that Gauss’s law for electricity follows from the existence
of electric monopoles (charges), and the electric field due to a point charge
follows from the inverse-square nature of Coulomb’s law.

5 • (a) For each of the following pairs of electromagnetic waves, which
has the higher frequency: (1) visible light or X rays, (2) green light or red light,
(3) infrared waves or red light. (b) For each of the following pairs of
electromagnetic waves, which has the longer wavelength: (1) visible light or
microwaves, (2) green light or ultraviolet light, (3) gamma rays or ultraviolet
light.

Determine the Concept Refer to Table 30-1 to rank order the frequencies and
wavelengths of the given electromagnetic radiation.

(a) (1) X rays (2) green light (3) red light

(b) (1) microwaves (2) green light (3) ultraviolet light

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6 • The detection of radio waves can be accomplished with either an
electric dipole antenna or a loop antenna. True or false:

(a) The electric dipole antenna works according to Faraday’s law.
(b) If a linearly polarized radio wave is approaching you head on such that its
electric field oscillates vertically, to best detect this wave the normal to a
loop antenna’s plane should be oriented so that it points either right or left.
(c) If a linearly polarized radio wave is approaching you such that its electric
field oscillates in a horizontal plane, to best detect this wave using an dipole
antenna the antenna should be oriented vertically.

(a) False. A dipole antenna is oriented parallel to the electric field of an incoming
wave so that the wave can induce an alternating current in the antenna.

(b) True. A loop antenna is oriented perpendicular to the magnetic field of an
incoming wave so that the changing magnetic flux through the loop can induce a
current in the loop. Orienting the loop antenna’s plane so that it points either right
or left satisfies this condition.

(c) False. The dipole antenna needs to be oriented parallel to the electric field of
an incoming wave so that the wave can induce an alternating current in the
antenna.

7 • A transmitter emits electromagnetic waves using an electric dipole
antenna oriented vertically. (a) A receiver to detect these waves also uses an
electric dipole antenna that is one mile from the transmitting antenna and at the
same altitude. How should the receiver’s electric dipole antenna be oriented for
optimum signal reception? (b) A receiver to detect these waves uses a loop
antenna that is one mile from the transmitting antenna and at the same altitude.
How should the loop antenna be oriented for optimum signal reception?

Determine the Concept
(a) The electric dipole antenna should be oriented vertically.

(b) The loop antenna and the electric dipole transmitting antenna should be in the
same vertical plane.

8 • Show that the expression
0
μ B E
r r
× for the Poynting vector S
r

(Equation 30-21) has units of watts per square meter (the SI units for
electromagnetic wave intensity).

Determine the Concept We can that
0
μ B E
r r
× has units of W/m
2
by substituting
the SI units of E
r
, B
r
and
0
μ and simplifying the resulting expression.
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2 2 2 2
m
W
m
s
J
m
s
m N
m
s
C
C
m N
m
A
C
N
A
m
C
N
A
m T
T
C
N
= =

= ⋅

= ⋅ = =

9 • [SSM] If a red light beam, a green light beam, and a violet light
beam, all traveling in empty space, have the same intensity, which light beam
carries more momentum? (a) the red light beam, (b) the green light beam, (c) the
violet light beam, (d) They all have the same momentum. (e) You cannot
determine which beam carries the most momentum from the data given.

Determine the Concept The momentum of an electromagnetic wave is directly
proportional to its energy ( c U p = ). Because the intensity of a wave is its energy
per unit area and per unit time (the average value of its Poynting vector), waves
with equal intensity have equal energy and equal momentum. ( ) d is correct.

10 • If a red light plane wave, a green light plane wave, and a violet light
plane wave, all traveling in empty space, have the same intensity, which wave has
the largest peak electric field? (a) the red light wave, (b) the green light wave,
(c) the violet light wave, (d) They all have the same peak electric field. (e) You
cannot determine the largest peak electric field from the data given.

Determine the Concept The intensity of an electromagnetic wave is given by
0
0 0
av

B E
I = = S
r
.

The intensity of an electromagnetic
wave is given by:
0
0 0
av

B E
I = = S
r

Because E
0
= cB
0
:
0
2
0
av
2 μ c
E
= S
r

This result tells us that
2
0
av
E ∝ S
r
independently of the wavelength of the
electromagnetic radiation. Thus ( ) d is correct.

11 • Two sinusoidal plane electromagnetic waves are identical except that
wave A has a peak electric field that is three times the peak electric field of wave
B. How do their intensities compare? (a) I
A
=
1
3
I
B
(b) I
A
=
1
9
I
B
(c) I
A
= 3I
B

(d)

I
A
= 9I
B
(e) You cannot determine how their intensities compare from the data
given.

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Determine the Concept The intensity of an electromagnetic wave is given by
0
0 0
av

B E
I = = S
r
.

Express the intensities of the two
waves:
0
A , 0 A , 0
A

B E
I = and
0
B , 0 B , 0
B

B E
I =

Dividing the first of these equations
by the second and simplifying yields:

B , 0 B , 0
A , 0 A , 0
0
B , 0 B , 0
0
A , 0 A , 0
B
A
2
2
B E
B E
B E
B E
I
I
= =
μ
μ

Because wave A has a peak electric
field that is three times that of wave
B, the peak magnetic field of A is
also three times that of wave B.
Hence:
( )( )
9
3 3
B , 0 B , 0
B , 0 B , 0
B
A
= =
B E
B E
I
I

B A
9I I =
( ) d is correct.

Estimation and Approximation

12 •• In laser cooling and trapping, the forces associated with radiation
pressure are used to slow down atoms from thermal speeds of hundreds of meters
per second at room temperature to speeds of a few meters per second or slower.
An isolated atom will absorb only radiation of specific frequencies. If the
frequency of the laser-beam radiation is tuned so that the target atoms will absorb
the radiation, then the radiation is absorbed during a process called resonant
absorption. The cross-sectional area of the atom for resonant absorption is
approximately equal to λ
2
, where λ is the wavelength of the laser light.
(a) Estimate the acceleration of a rubidium atom (molar mass 85 g/mol) in a laser
beam whose wavelength is 780 nm and intensity is 10 W/m
2
would it take such a light beam to slow a rubidium atom in a gas at room
temperature (300 K) to near-zero speed?

Picture the Problem We can use Newton’s second law to express the
acceleration of an atom in terms of the net force acting on the atom and the
relationship between radiation pressure and the intensity of the beam to find the
net force. Once we know the acceleration of an atom, we can use the definition of
acceleration to find the stopping time for a rubidium atom at room temperature.

(a) Apply Newton’s second law to
the atom to obtain:

ma F =
r
(1)
where F
r
by the laser beam.

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r
and
intensity of the beam I are related
according to:

c
I
A
F
P = =
r
r

Solve for F
r
to obtain:

c
I
c
IA
F
2
r
λ
= =

Substitute for F
r
in equation (1) to
obtain:
ma
c
I
=
2
λ

mc
I
a
2
λ
=

Substitute numerical values and evaluate a:

( )( )
( )
2 5
2 5
8
23
2 2
m/s 10 4 . 1
m/s 10 44 . 1
m/s 10 998 . 2
particles 10 6.022
mol 1
mol
g
85
nm 780 W/m 10
× =
× =
×

×
×
= a

(b) Using the definition of
acceleration, express the stopping
time Δt of the atom:

a
v v
t
initial final

= Δ
Because
final
v ≈ 0:

a
v
t
initial

≈ Δ

Using the rms speed as the initial
speed of an atom, relate
initial
v to the
temperature of the gas:

m
kT
v v
3
rms initial
= =
Substitute in the expression for the
stopping time to obtain:
m
kT
a
t
3 1
− = Δ

Substitute numerical values and evaluate Δt:

( )( )
ms 1 . 2
particles 10 6.022
mol 1
mol
g
85
K 300 J/K 10 38 . 1 3
m/s 10 44 . 1
1
Δ
23
23
2 5
=

×
×
×
× −
− =

t

13 •• [SSM] One of the first successful satellites launched by the United
States in the 1950s was essentially a large spherical (aluminized) Mylar balloon
from which radio signals were reflected. After several orbits around Earth,
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scientists noticed that the orbit itself was changing with time. They eventually
determined that radiation pressure from the sunlight was causing the orbit of this
object to change—a phenomenon not taken into account in planning the mission.
Estimate the ratio of the radiation-pressure force by the sunlight on the satellite to
the gravitational force by Earth’s gravity on the satellite.

Picture the Problem We can use the definition of pressure to express the
radiation force on the balloon. We’ll assume that the gravitational force on the
balloon is approximately its weight at the surface of Earth, that the density of
Mylar is approximately that of water and that the area receiving the radiation from
the sunlight is the cross-sectional area of the balloon.

The radiation force acting on the
balloon is given by:

A P F
r r
=
where A is the cross-sectional area of
the balloon.

Because the radiation from the Sun is
twice what it would be if it were
absorbed:

c
I
P
2
r
=
Substituting for P
r
and A yields:

( )
c
I d
c
d I
F
2
2
2 2
4
1
r
π π
= =

The gravitational force acting on the
balloon when it is in a near-Earth
orbit is approximately its weight at
the surface of Earth:

g t A
g V g m w F
ballon surface, Mylar
Mylar Mylar balloon balloon g
ρ
ρ
=
= = =

where t is the thickness of the Mylar
skin of the balloon.

Because the surface area of the
balloon is
2 2
4 d r π π = :

g t d F
2
Mylar g
πρ =
Express the ratio of the radiation-
pressure force to the gravitational
force and simplify to obtain:
gc t
I
g t d
c
I d
F
F
Mylar
2
Mylar
2
g
r
2
2
ρ πρ
π
= =

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Assuming the thickness of the Mylar skin of the balloon to be 1 mm, substitute
numerical values and evaluate F
r
/F
g
:

( )
7
8
2 3
3
2
g
r
10 2
s
m
10 998 . 2 mm 1
s
m
81 . 9
m
kg
10 00 . 1 2
m
kW
35 . 1

× ≈

×

×
=
F
F

14 •• Some science fiction writers have described solar sails that could
propel interstellar spaceships. Imagine a giant sail on a spacecraft subjected to
radiation pressure from our Sun. (a) Explain why this arrangement works better if
the sail is highly reflective rather than highly absorptive. (b) If the sail is assumed
highly reflective, show that the force exerted by the sunlight on the spacecraft is
given by ( ) c r A P
2
S
2π where P
S
is the power output of the Sun (3.8 × 10
26
W), A
is the surface area of the sail, m is the total mass of the spacecraft, r is the distance
from the Sun, and c is the speed of light. (Assume the area of the sail is much
larger than the area of the spacecraft so that all the force is due to radiation
pressure on the sail only.) (c) Using a reasonable value for A, compare the force
on the spacecraft due to the radiation pressure and the force on the spacecraft due
to the gravitational pull of the Sun. Does the result imply that such a system will

Picture the Problem (b) We can use the definition of radiation pressure to show
that the force exerted by the sunlight on the spacecraft is given by ( ) c r A P
2
S

where P
S
is the power output of the Sun (3.8 × 10
26
W), A is the surface area of
the sail, m is the total mass of the spacecraft, r is the distance from the Sun, and c
is the speed of light.

(a) If the sail is highly reflective rather than highly absorptive, the radiation force
is doubled.

(b) Because the sail is highly
reflective:

c
IA
A P F
2
r r
= =
where A is the area of the sail.

The intensity of the solar radiation on
the sail is given by
2
s
4 r
P
I
π
= .
Substituting for I yields:
c r
A P
c r
A P
F
2
s
2
s
r
2 4
2
π π
= =

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(c) Express the ratio of the force on
the spacecraft due to the radiation
pressure and the force on the
spacecraft due the gravitational force
of the Sun on the spacecraft:

S
S
2
S
2
S
g
r
2
2
cGmM
A P
r
GmM
c r
A P
F
F
π
π
= =

Assuming a 15-m diameter circular sail and a 500-kg spacecraft (values found
using the internet), substitute numerical values and evaluate the ratio of the
accelerations:

( ) ( )
( )( )
4
30
2
2
11 8
2 26
g
10 4 . 5
kg 10 99 . 1 kg 500
kg
m N
10 673 . 6
s
m
10 998 . 2 2
m 15
4
W 10 8 . 3

× =
×

⎛ ⋅
×

×

×
=
π
π
F
F
r

for A = 177 m
2
and m = 500 kg.

This scheme is not likely to work effectively. For any reasonable spacecraft mass,
the surface mass density of the sail would to be extremely small (experimental
sails have area densities of approximately 3 g/m
2
) and the sail would have to be
huge. Additionally, unless struts are built into the sail, it would collapse during
use.

Maxwell’s Displacement Current

15 • [SSM] A parallel-plate capacitor has circular plates and no dielectric
between the plates. Each plate has a radius equal to 2.3 cm and the plates are
separated by 1.1 mm. Charge is flowing onto the upper plate (and off of the lower
plate) at a rate of 5.0 A. (a) Find the rate of change of the electric field strength in
the region between the plates. (b) Compute the displacement current in the region
between the plates and show that it equals 5.0 A.

Picture the Problem We can differentiate the expression for the electric field
between the plates of a parallel-plate capacitor to find the rate of change of the
electric field strength and the definitions of the conduction current and electric
flux to compute I
d
.

(a) Express the electric field strength
between the plates of the parallel-
plate capacitor:

A
Q
E
0

=

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Differentiate this expression with
respect to time to obtain an
expression for the rate of change of
the electric field strength:

A
I
dt
dQ
A A
Q
dt
d
dt
dE
0 0 0
1
∈ ∈ ∈
= =

=
Substitute numerical values and evaluate dE/dt:

( ) ( )
s V/m 10 4 . 3
s V/m 10 40 . 3
m 023 . 0 m N / C 10 854 . 8
A 0 . 5
14
14
2 2 2 12
⋅ × =
⋅ × =
⋅ ×
=

π dt
dE

(b) Express the displacement current
I
d
: dt
d
I
e
0 d
φ
∈ =

Substitute for the electric flux to
obtain:

[ ]
dt
dE
A EA
dt
d
I
0 0 d
∈ ∈ = =

Substitute numerical values and evaluate I
d
:

( ) ( ) ( ) A 0 . 5 s V/m 10 40 . 3 m 023 . 0 m N / C 10 854 . 8
14 2 2 2 12
d
= ⋅ × ⋅ × =

π I

16 • In a region of space, the electric field varies with time as
E = (0.050 N/C) sin (ωt), where ω = 2000 rad/s. Find the peak displacement
current through a surface that is perpendicular to the electric field and has an area
equal to 1.00 m
2
.

Picture the Problem We can express the displacement current in terms of the
electric flux and differentiate the resulting expression to obtain I
d
in terms of
dE/dt.

The displacement current I
d
is
given by: dt
d
I
e
0 d
φ
∈ =

Substitute for the electric flux to
obtain:
[ ]
dt
dE
A EA
dt
d
I
0 0 d
∈ ∈ = =

Because ( ) t E 2000 sin N/C 050 . 0 = :

( ) [ ]
( ) ( ) t A
t
dt
d
A I
2000 cos N/C 050 . 0 s 2000
2000 sin N/C 050 . 0
0
1 -
0 d

=
=

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I
d
will have its maximum value
when cos 2000t = 1. Hence:

( ) ( ) N/C 050 . 0 s 2000
0
-1
max d,
A I ∈ =
Substitute numerical values and evaluate I
d,max
:

( ) ( ) nA 89 . 0
C
N
050 . 0 m 00 . 1
m N
C
10 854 . 8 s 2000
2
2
2
12 1
max d,
= ⎟

× =
− −
I

17 • For Problem 15, show that the magnetic field strength between the
plates a distance r from the axis through the centers of both plates is given by
B = (1.9 × 10
–3
T/m)r.

Picture the Problem We can use Ampere’s law to a circular path of radius r
between the plates and parallel to their surfaces to obtain an expression relating B
to the current enclosed by the amperian loop. Assuming that the displacement
current is uniformly distributed between the plates, we can relate the displacement
current enclosed by the circular loop to the conduction current I.

Apply Ampere’s law to a circular
path of radius r between the plates
and parallel to their surfaces to
obtain:

I I rB d
0 enclosed 0
C
2 μ μ π = = = ⋅

l
r r
B
Assuming that the displacement
current is uniformly distributed:

2
d
2
R
I
r
I
π π
= ⇒
d 2
2
I
R
r
I =
where R is the radius of the circular
plates.

Substituting for I yields:
d 2
2
0
2 I
R
r
rB
μ
π = ⇒
d 2
0
2
I
R
r
B
π
μ
=

Substitute numerical values and
evaluate B:
( )
( )( )
( )
r
r r B

× =
×
=

m
T
10 9 . 1
m 023 . 0 2
A 0 . 5 A / N 10 4
3
2
2 7
π
π

18 •• The capacitors referred to in this problem have only empty space
between the plates. (a) Show that a parallel-plate capacitor has a displacement
current in the region between its plates that is given by I
d
= C dV/dt, where C is
the capacitance and V is the potential difference between the plates. (b) A 5.00-nF
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parallel-plate capacitor is connected to an ideal ac generator so the potential
difference between the plates is given by V = V
0
cos ωt, where V
0
= 3.00 V and
ω = 500π rad/s. Find the displacement current in the region between the plates as
a function of time.

Picture the Problem We can use the definitions of the displacement current and
electric flux, together with the expression for the capacitance of an air-core-
parallel-plate capacitor to show that I
d
= C dV/dt.

(a) Use its definition to express the
displacement current I
d
: dt
d
I
e
0 d
φ
∈ =

Substitute for the electric flux to
obtain:
[ ]
dt
dE
A EA
dt
d
I
0 0 d
∈ ∈ = =

Because E = V/d:
dt
dV
d
A
d
V
dt
d
A I
0
0 d

∈ =

=

The capacitance of an air-core-
parallel-plate capacitor whose plates
have area A and that are separated by
a distance d is given by:

d
A
C
0

=
Substituting yields:
dt
dV
C I =
d

(b) Substitute in the expression derived in (a) to obtain:

( ) ( ) [ ] ( )( )( )
( ) t
t t
dt
d
I
π μ
π π π
500 sin A 6 . 23
500 sin s 500 V 00 . 3 nF 00 . 5 500 cos V 00 . 3 nF 00 . 5
1
d
− =
− = =

19 •• [SSM] There is a current of 10 A in a resistor that is connected in
series with a parallel plate capacitor. The plates of the capacitor have an area of
0.50 m
2
, and no dielectric exists between the plates. (a) What is the displacement
current between the plates? (b) What is the rate of change of the electric field
strength between the plates? (c) Find the value of the line integral

C
d B l
r r
, where
the integration path C is a 10-cm-radius circle that lies in a plane that is parallel
with the plates and is completely within the region between them.

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Picture the Problem We can use the conservation of charge to find I
d
, the
definitions of the displacement current and electric flux to find dE/dt, and
Ampere’s law to evaluate l
r r
d ⋅ B around the given path.

(a) From conservation of charge we
know that:

A 10
d
= = I I
(b) Express the displacement current
I
d
:
[ ]
dt
dE
A EA
dt
d
dt
d
I
0 0
e
0 d
∈ ∈
φ
∈ = = =

Substituting for dE/dt yields:
A
I
dt
dE
0
d

=

Substitute numerical values and
evaluate dE/dt:

( )
s m
V
10 3 . 2
m 50 . 0
m N
C
10 85 . 8
A 10
12
2
2
2
12

× =

×
=

dt
dE

(c) Apply Ampere’s law to a circular
path of radius r between the plates
and parallel to their surfaces to
obtain:

enclosed 0
C
I d μ = ⋅

l
r r
B
Assuming that the displacement
current is uniformly distributed and
letting A represent the area of the
circular plates yields:

A
I
r
I
d
2
enclosed
=
π

d
2
enclosed
I
A
r
I
π
=

Substitute for
enclosed
I to obtain:
d
2
0
C
I
A
r
d
π μ
= ⋅

l
r r
B

Substitute numerical values and evaluate

C
l
r r
d B :

( ) ( ) ( )
m T 79 . 0
m 50 . 0
A 10 m 10 . 0 A / N 10 4
2
2 2 7
C
⋅ =
×
= ⋅

μ
π π
l
r r
d B

20 ••• Demonstrate the validity of the generalized form of Ampère’s law
(Equation 30-4) by showing that it gives the same result as the Biot–Savart law
(Equation 27-3) in a specified situation. Figure 30-13 shows two momentarily
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equal but opposite point charges (+Q and –Q) on the x axis at x = –a and x = +a,
respectively. At the same instant there is a current I in the wire connecting them,
as shown. Point P is on the y axis at y = R. (a) Use the Biot–Savart law to show
that the magnitude of the magnetic field at point P is given byB =
μ
0
Ia
2πR
1
R
2
+ a
2
.
(b) Now consider a circular strip of radius r and width dr in the x = 0 plane that
has its center at the origin. Show that the flux of the electric field through this
strip is given by ( ) dr a r
r Q
dA E
x
2 3
2 2
0
+ =

π
. (c) Use the result from Part (b) to
show that the total electric flux φ
e
through a circular surface S of radius R. is
given by

φ
e
=
Q

o
1−
a
a
2
+ R
2

. (d) Find the displacement current I
d
through S,
and show that

I + I
d
= I
a
a
2
+ R
2
(e) Finally, show that the generalized form of
Ampere’s law (Equation 30-4) gives the same result for the magnitude of the
magnetic field as found in Part (a).

Picture the Problem We can follow the step-by-step instructions in the problem
statement to show that Equation 30-4 gives the same result for B as that given in
Part (a).

(a) Express the magnetic field
strength at P using the expression for
B due to a straight wire segment:

( )
2 1
0
sin sin
4
θ θ
π
μ
+ =
R
I
B
P

where
2 2
2 1
sin sin
a R
a
+
= = θ θ

Substitute for sinθ
1
and sinθ
2
to
obtain:
2 2
0
2 2
0
1
2
2
4
a R
R
Ia
a R
a
R
I
B
P
+
=
+
=
π
μ
π
μ

(b) Express the electric flux through
the circular strip of radius r and
width dr in the yz plane:

( ) rdr E dA E d
x x
π φ 2
e
= =

The electric field due to the dipole is:
( )
2 3
2 2
1 2 2
2
cos
2
a r
kQa
a r
kQ
E
x
+
=
+
= θ

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Substitute for E
x
to obtain:
( )
( )
( )
( )
( )
rdr
a r
Qa
rdr
a r
Qa
rdr
a r
kQa
dA E d
x
2 3
2 2
0
2 3
2 2
0
2 3
2 2
e
2
4
2
2
2
+
=
+
=
+
= =

π
∈ π
π φ

(c) Multiply both sides of the
expression for dφ
e
by ∈
0
:

( )
rdr
a r
Qa
d
2 3
2 2
e 0
+
= φ ∈
Integrate r from 0 to R to obtain:

( )

+
− =

+
+

=
+
=

2 2 2 2
0
2 3
2 2
e 0
1
1 1
a R
a
Q
a
a R
Qa
a r
rdr
Qa
R
φ ∈

(d) The displacement current is
defined to be:

+
− − =

+
− =

+
− = =
2 2
2 2
2 2
e
0 d
1
1
1
a R
a
I
dt
dQ
a R
a
a R
a
Q
dt
d
dt
d
I
φ

The total current is the sum of I and
I
d
:
2 2
2 2
d
1
a R
a
I
a R
a
I I I I
+
=

+
− − = +

(e) Apply Equation 30-4 (the
generalized form of Ampere’s law)
to obtain:

( )

+ = = ⋅
C
I I RB d
d 0
2 μ π l
r r
B
Solving for B yields:
( )
d
0
2
I I
R
B + =
π
μ

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Substitute for I + I
d
from (d) to
obtain:
2 2
0
2 2
0
1
2
2
a R
R
Ia
a R
a
I
R
B
+
=

+
=
π
μ
π
μ

Maxwell’s Equations and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

21 • The color of the dominant light from the Sun is in the yellow-green
region of the visible spectrum. Estimate the wavelength and frequency of the
dominant light emitted by our Sun. HINT: See Table 30-1.

Picture the Problem We can find both the wavelength and frequency of the
dominant light emitted by our Sun in Table 30-1.

Because the radiation from the Sun is
yellow-green dominant, the dominant
wavelength is approximately:

nm 580
green - yellow
= λ
The corresponding frequency is:
Hz 10 17 . 5
nm 580
m/s 10 998 . 2
14
8
green - yellow
green - yellow
× =
×
=
=
λ
c
f

22 • (a) What is the frequency of microwave radiation that has a 3.00-cm-
long wavelength? (b) Using Table 30-1, estimate the ratio of the shortest
wavelength of green light to the shortest wavelength of red light.

Picture the Problem We can use c = fλ to find the frequency corresponding to
the given wavelength.

(a) The frequency of an
electromagnetic wave is the ratio of
the speed of light in a vacuum to the
wavelength of the wave:

λ
c
f =

Substitute numerical values and
evaluate f:
GHz 99 . 9
Hz 10 993 . 9
m 10 00 . 3
m/s 10 998 . 2
10
2
8
=
× =
×
×
=

f

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(b) The ratio of the shortest
wavelength green light to the shortest
wavelength red light is:
84 . 0
nm 620
nm 520
red shortest
green shortest
= ≈
λ
λ

23 • (a) What is the frequency of an X ray that has a 0.100-nm-long
wavelength? (b) The human eye is sensitive to light that has a wavelength equal to
550 nm. What is the color and frequency of this light? Comment on how this

Picture the Problem We can use c = fλ to find the frequency corresponding to
the given wavelengths and consult Table 30-1 to determine the color of light with
a wavelength of 550 nm.

(a) The frequency of an X ray with a
wavelength of 0.100 nm is:

Hz 10 00 . 3
m 10 100 . 0
m/s 10 998 . 2
18
9
8
× =
×
×
= =

λ
c
f

(b) The frequency of light with a
wavelength of 550 nm is:
Hz 10 45 . 5
nm 550
m/s 10 998 . 2
14
8
× =
×
= f

Consulting Table 30-1, we see that the color of light that has a wavelength of
550 nm is yellow-green. This result is consistent with those of Problem 21 and is
close to the wavelength of the peak output of the Sun. Because we see naturally
by reflected sunlight, this result is not surprising.

24 •• Suppose a radiating electric dipole lies along the z axis. Let I
1
be the
intensity of the radiation at a distance of 10 m and at angle of 90º. Find the
intensity (in terms of I
1
) at (a) a distance of 30 m and an angle of 90º, (b) a
distance of 10 m and an angle of 45º, and (c) a distance of 20 m and an angle of
30º.

Picture the Problem We can use the intensity I
1
at a distance r = 10 m and at an
angle θ = 90° to find the constant in the expression for the intensity of radiation
from an electric dipole and then use the resulting equation to find the intensity at
the given distances and angles.

Express the intensity of radiation as a
function of r and θ :

( ) θ θ
2
2
sin ,
r
C
r I = (1)
where C is a constant.

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Express I(90°,10 m):

( )
( )
2
2
2 1
m 100
90 sin
m 10
m 10 , 90
C
C
I I
=
° = = °

Solving for C yields:

( )
1
2
m 100 I C =

Substitute in equation (1) to obtain:

( )
( )
θ θ
2
2
1
2
sin
m 100
,
r
I
r I = (2)

(a) Evaluate equation (2) for
r = 30 m and θ = 90°:

( )
( )
( )
1 9
1
2
2
1
2
90 sin
m 30
m 100
m 30 , 90
I
I
I
=
° = °

(b) Evaluate equation (2) for
r = 10 m and θ = 45°:

( )
( )
( )
1 2
1
2
2
1
2
45 sin
m 10
m 100
m 10 , 45
I
I
I
=
° = °

(c) Evaluate equation (2) for
r = 20 m and θ = 30°:

( )
( )
( )
1 16
1
2
2
1
2
30 sin
m 20
m 100
m 20 , 30
I
I
I
=
° = °

25 •• (a) For the situation described in Problem 24, at what angle is the
intensity at a distance of 5.0 m equal to I
1
? (b) At what distance is the intensity
equal to I
1
when θ = 45º?

Picture the Problem We can use the intensity I
1
at a distance r = 10 m and at an
angle θ = 90° to find the constant in the expression for the intensity of radiation
from an electric dipole and then use the resulting equation to find the angle for a
given intensity and distance and the distance corresponding to a given intensity
and angle.

Express the intensity of radiation as a
function of r and θ :

( ) θ θ
2
2
sin ,
r
C
r I = (1)
where C is a constant.

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Express I(90°,10 m):

( )
( )
2
2
2 1
m 100
90 sin
m 10
m 10 , 90
C
C
I I
=
° = = °

Solving for C yields:

( )
1
2
m 100 I C =

Substitute in equation (1) to obtain:

( )
( )
θ θ
2
2
1
2
sin
m 100
,
r
I
r I = (2)

(a) For r = 5 m and I(θ,r) = I
1
: ( )
( )
θ
2
2
1
2
1
sin
m 0 . 5
m 100 I
I = ⇒
4
1
2
sin = θ

Solve for θ to obtain:

( ) ° = =

30 sin
2
1
1
θ

(b) For θ = 45° and I(θ,r) = I
1
: ( )
° = 45 sin
m 100
2
2
1
2
1
r
I
I
or
( )
2
2
1
2
m 100 = r

Solve for r to obtain:
( ) m 1 . 7 m 100
2
2
1
= = r

26 •• You and your engineering crew are in charge of setting up a wireless
telephone network for a village in a mountainous region. The transmitting antenna
of one station is an electric dipole antenna located atop a mountain 2.00 km above
sea level. There is a nearby mountain that is 4.00 km from the antenna and is also
2.00 km above sea level. At that location, one member of the crew measures the
intensity of the signal to be 4.00 × 10
–12
W/m
2
. What should be the intensity of the
signal at the village that is located at sea level and 1.50 km from the transmitter?

Picture the Problem We can use the intensity I at a distance r = 4.00 km and at
an angle θ = 90° to find the constant in the expression for the intensity of
radiation from an electric dipole and then use the resulting equation to find the
intensity at sea level and 1.50 km from the transmitter.

Express the intensity of radiation as a
function of r and θ :

( ) θ θ
2
2
sin ,
r
C
r I = (1)
where C is a constant.

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Use the given data to obtain:
( )
( )
2
2
2
2 12
km 00 . 4
90 sin
km 00 . 4
W/m 10 4
C
C
=
° = ×

Solving for C yields:

( ) ( )
W 10 40 . 6
W/m 10 00 . 4 km 00 . 4
5
2 12 2

× =
× = C

Substitute in equation (1) to obtain:

( ) θ θ
2
2
5
sin
W 10 40 . 6
,
r
r I

×
= (2)

For a point at sea level and 1.50 km
from the transmitter:

° =

=

1 . 53
km 1.50
km 00 . 2
tan
1
θ

Evaluate I(53.1°,1.50 km):

( )
( )
2 2
2
5
pW/m 2 . 18 1 . 53 sin
km 50 . 1
W 10 40 . 6
km 5 . 1 , 1 . 53 = °
×
= °

I

27 ••• [SSM] A radio station that uses a vertical electric dipole antenna
broadcasts at a frequency of 1.20 MHz and has a total power output of 500 kW.
Calculate the intensity of the signal at a horizontal distance of 120 km from the
station.

Picture the Problem The intensity of radiation from an electric dipole is given by
C(sin
2
θ)/r
2
, where C is a constant whose units are those of power, r is the distance
from the dipole to the point of interest, and θ is the angle between the antenna
and the position vector . r
r
We can integrate the intensity to express the total power
radiated by the antenna and use this result to evaluate C. Knowing C we can find
the intensity at a horizontal distance of 120 km.

Express the intensity of the signal as
a function of r and θ :
( )
2
2
sin
,
r
C r I
θ
θ =

At a horizontal distance of 120 km
from the station:

( )
( )
( )
2
2
2
km 120
km 120
90 sin
90 , km 120
C
C I
=
°
= °
(1)

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859

From the definition of intensity we
have:

IdA dP =
and
( )dA r I P
∫∫
= θ ,
tot

where, in polar coordinates,
φ θ θ d d r dA sin
2
=

Substitute for dA to obtain:

( ) φ θ θ θ
π π
d d r r I P sin ,
2
2
0 0
tot
∫ ∫
=

Substitute for I(r,θ):
φ θ θ
π π
d d C P
∫ ∫
=
2
0 0
3
tot
sin

From integral tables we find that:
( )]
3
4
2 sin cos sin
0
2
3
1
0
3
= + − =

π
π
θ θ θ θd

Substitute and integrate with respect
to φ to obtain:
[ ] C C d C P
3
8
3
4
3
4
2
0
2
0
tot
π
φ φ
π
π
= = =

Solving for C yields:
tot
8
3
P C
π
=

Substitute for P
tot
and evaluate C to
obtain:

( ) kW 68 . 59 kW 500
8
3
= =
π
C
Substituting for C in equation (1)
and evaluating I(120 km, 90°):
( )
( )
2
2
W/m 14 . 4
km 120
kW 68 . 59
90 , km 120
μ =
= ° I

28 ••• Regulations require that licensed radio stations have limits on their
broadcast power so as to avoid interference with signals from distant stations.
You are in charge of checking compliance with the law. At a distance of 30.0 km
from a radio station that broadcasts from a single vertical electric dipole antenna
at a frequency of 800 kHz, the intensity of the electromagnetic wave is
2.00 × 10
–13
W/m
2
. What is the total power radiated by the station?

Picture the Problem The intensity of radiation from an electric dipole is given by
C(sin
2
θ)/r
2
, where C is a constant whose units are those of power, r is the distance
from the dipole to the point of interest, and θ is the angle between the electric
dipole moment and the position vector . r
r
We can integrate the intensity to express
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860
the total power radiated by the antenna and use this result to evaluate C. Knowing
C we can find the total power radiated by the station.

From the definition of intensity we
have:

IdA dP =
and
( )dA r I P
∫∫
= θ ,
tot

where, in polar coordinates,
φ θ θ d d r dA sin
2
=

Substitute for dA to obtain:

( ) φ θ θ θ
π π
d d r r I P sin ,
2
2
0 0
tot
∫ ∫
= (1)

Express the intensity of the signal as
a function of r and θ :
( )
2
2
sin
,
r
C r I
θ
θ = (2)

Substitute for I(r,θ) in equation (1) to
obtain:
φ θ θ
ππ
d d C P
∫ ∫
=
2
0 0
3
tot
sin

From integral tables we find that:
( )]
3
4
2 sin cos sin
0
2
3
1
0
3
= + − =

π
π
θ θ θ θd

Substitute and integrate with respect
to φ to obtain:
[ ] C C d C P
3
8
3
4
3
4
2
0
2
0
tot
π
φ φ
π
π
= = =

From equation (2) we have:

( )
θ
θ
2
2
sin
, r r I
C =

Substitute for C in the expression for
P
tot
to obtain:

( )
θ
θ π
2
2
tot
sin
,
3
8 r r I
P =
or, because θ = 90°,
( )
2
tot
3
8
r r I P
π
=

Substitute numerical values and
evaluate P
tot
:
( )( )
mW 51 . 1
km 0 . 30 W/m 10 00 . 2
3
8
2 2 13
tot
=
× =

π
P

29 ••• A small private plane approaching an airport is flying at an altitude of
2.50 km above sea level. As a flight controller at the airport, you know your
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861
system uses a vertical electric dipole antenna to transmit 100 W at 24.0 MHz.
What is the intensity of the signal at the plane’s receiving antenna when the plane
is 4.00 km from the airport? Assume the airport is at sea level.

Picture the Problem The intensity of radiation from the airport’s vertical dipole
antenna is given by C(sin
2
θ)/r
2
, where C is a constant whose units are those of
power, r is the distance from the dipole to the point of interest, and θ is the angle
between the electric dipole moment and the position vector . r
r
We can integrate the
intensity to express the total power radiated by the antenna and use this result to
evaluate C. Knowing C we can find the intensity of the signal at the plane’s
elevation and distance from the airport.

Express the intensity of the signal as
a function of r and θ :
( )
2
2
sin
,
r
C r I
θ
θ = (1)

From the definition of intensity we
have:

IdA dP =
and
( )dA r I P
∫∫
= θ ,
tot

where, in polar coordinates,
φ θ θ d d r dA sin
2
=

Substitute for dA to obtain:

( ) φ θ θ θ
π π
d d r r I P sin ,
2
2
0 0
tot
∫ ∫
=

Substituting for I(r,θ) yields:
φ θ θ
ππ
d d C P
∫ ∫
=
2
0 0
3
tot
sin

From integral tables we find that:
( )]
3
4
2 sin cos sin
0
2
3
1
0
3
= + − =

π
π
θ θ θ θd

Substitute and integrate with respect
to φ to obtain:
[ ] C C d C P
3
8
3
4
3
4
2
0
2
0
tot
π
φ φ
π
π
= = =

Solving for C yields:
tot
8
3
P C
π
=

Substitute for C in equation (1) to
obtain:
( )
2
2
tot
sin
8
3
,
r
P
r I
θ
π
θ =

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At the elevation of the plane:

° =

=

0 . 58
m 2500
m 4000
tan
1
θ
and
( ) ( ) m 4717 m 4000 m 2500
2 2
= + = r

Substitute numerical values and
evaluate I(4717 m, 58°):
( )
( )
( )
2
2
2
nW/m 386
m 4717
0 . 58 sin
8
W 100 3
0 . 58 , m 4717
=
°
= °
π
I

Energy and Momentum in an Electromagnetic Wave

30 • An electromagnetic wave has an intensity of 100 W/m
2
. Find its
(a) rms electric field strength, and (b) rms magnetic field strength.

Picture the Problem We can use P
r
= I/c to find the radiation pressure. The
intensity of the electromagnetic wave is related to the rms values of its electric
and magnetic field strengths according to I = E
rms
B
rms

0
, where B
rms
= E
rms
/c.

(a) Relate the intensity of the
electromagnetic wave to E
rms
and
B
rms
:

0
rms rms
μ
B E
I =
or, because B
rms
= E
rms
/c,
c
E c E E
I
0
2
rms
0
rms rms
μ μ
= =

Solving for E
rms
yields:
cI E
0 rms
μ =

Substitute numerical values and evaluate E
rms
:

( )( )( ) V/m 194 W/m 100 m/s 10 998 . 2 N/A 10 4
2 8 2 7
rms
= × × =

π E

(b) Express B
rms
in terms of E
rms
:
c
E
B
rms
rms
=

Substitute numerical values and
evaluate B
rms
:
nT 647
m/s 10 998 . 2
V/m 194
8
rms
=
×
= B

31 • [SSM] The amplitude of an electromagnetic wave’s electric field is
400 V/m. Find the wave’s (a) rms electric field strength, (b) rms magnetic field
strength, (c) intensity and (d) radiation pressure (P
r
).
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863
Picture the Problem The rms values of the electric and magnetic fields are found
from their amplitudes by dividing by the square root of two. The rms values of the
electric and magnetic field strengths are related according to B
rms
= E
rms
/c. We can
find the intensity of the radiation using I = E
rms
B
rms

0
using P
r
= I/c.

(a) Relate E
rms
to E
0
:
V/m 283
V/m 8 . 282
2
V/m 400
2
0
rms
=
= = =
E
E

(b) Find B
rms
from E
rms
:
nT 943 T 9434 . 0
m/s 10 998 . 2
V/m 8 . 282
8
rms
rms
= =
×
= =
μ
c
E
B

(c) The intensity of an
electromagnetic wave is given by:

0
rms rms
μ
B E
I =
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate I:
( )( )
2 2
2 7
W/m 212 W/m 3 . 212
N/A 10 4
T 9434 . 0 V/m 8 . 282
= =
×
=

π
μ
I

(d) Express the radiation pressure in
terms of the intensity of the wave:

c
I
P =
r

Substitute numerical values and
evaluate P
r
:
nPa 708
m/s 10 998 . 2
W/m 3 . 212
8
2
r
=
×
= P

32 • The rms value of an electromagnetic wave’s electric field strength is
400 V/m. Find the wave’s (a) rms magnetic field strength, (b) average energy
density, and (c) intensity.

Picture the Problem Given E
rms
, we can find B
rms
using B
rms
= E
rms
/c. The
average energy density of the wave is given by u
av
= E
rms
B
rms

0
c and the intensity
of the wave by I = u
av
c .

(a) Express B
rms
in terms of E
rms
:
c
E
B
rms
rms
=

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864
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate B
rms
:
T 33 . 1
T 334 . 1
m/s 10 998 . 2
V/m 400
8
rms
μ
μ
=
=
×
= B

(b) The average energy density u
av
is
given by:

c
B E
u
0
rms rms
av
μ
=
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate u
av
:

( )( )
( )( )
3 3
8 2 7
av
J/m 42 . 1 J/m 417 . 1
m/s 10 998 . 2 N/A 10 4
T 334 . 1 V/m 400
μ μ
π
μ
= =
× ×
=

u

(c) Express the intensity as the
product of the average energy
density and the speed of light in a
vacuum:

c u I
av
=
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate I:
( )( )
2
8 3
W/m 425
m/s 10 998 . 2 J/m 417 . 1
=
× = μ I

33 •• (a) An electromagnetic wave that has an intensity equal to 200 W/m
2

is normal to a black 20 cm by 30 cm rectangular card absorbs 100 percent of the
wave. Find the force exerted on the card by the radiation. (b) Find the force
exerted by the same wave if the card reflects 100 percent of the wave.

Picture the Problem We can find the force exerted on the card using the
definition of pressure and the relationship between radiation pressure and the
intensity of the electromagnetic wave. Note that, when the card reflects all the
radiation incident on it, conservation of momentum requires that the force is
doubled.

(a) Using the definition of pressure,
express the force exerted on the card

A P F
r r
=
Relate the radiation pressure to the
intensity of the wave:

c
I
P =
r

Substitute for P
r
to obtain:
c
IA
F =
r

Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves

865
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate F
r
:

( )( )( )
nN 40
m/s 10 998 . 2
m 30 . 0 m 20 . 0 W/m 200
8
2
r
=
×
= F

(b) If the card reflects all of the
radiation incident on it, the force
exerted on the card is doubled:
nN 80
r
= F

34 •• Find the force exerted by the electromagnetic wave on the card in Part
(b) of Problem 33 if both the incident and reflected rays are at angles of 30º to the
normal.

Picture the Problem Only the normal component of the radiation pressure exerts
a force on the card.

Using the definition of pressure,
express the force exerted on the card

θ cos 2
r r
A P F =
where the factor of 2 is a consequence
of the fact that the card reflects the

Relate the radiation pressure to the
intensity of the wave:

c
I
P =
r

Substitute for P
r
to obtain:
c
IA
F
θ cos 2
r
=

Substitute numerical values and evaluate F
r
:

( )( )( )
nN 69
m/s 10 998 . 2
30 cos m 30 . 0 m 20 . 0 W/m 200 2
8
2
r
=
×
°
= F

35 • [SSM] (a) For a given distance from a radiating electric dipole, at
what angle (expressed as θ and measured from the dipole axis) is the intensity
equal to 50 percent of the maximum intensity? (b) At what angle θ is the intensity
equal to 1 percent of the maximum intensity?

Picture the Problem At a fixed distance from the electric dipole, the intensity of
radiation is a function θ alone.

(a) The intensity of the radiation
from the dipole is proportional to
sin
2
θ:
( ) θ θ
2
0
sin I I = (1)
where I
0
is the maximum intensity.
Chapter 30

866
For
0 2
1
I I = :
θ
2
0 0 2
1
sin I I = ⇒
2
1
2
sin = θ

Solving for θ yields:
( ) ° = =

45 sin
2
1
1
θ

(b) For
0
01 . 0 I I = :
θ
2
0 0
sin 01 . 0 I I = ⇒ 01 . 0 sin
2
= θ

Solving for θ yields:
( ) ° = =

7 . 5 01 . 0 sin
1
θ

36 •• A laser pulse has an energy of 20.0 J and a beam radius of 2.00 mm.
The pulse duration is 10.0 ns and the energy density is uniformly distributed
within the pulse. (a) What is the spatial length of the pulse? (b) What is the
energy density within the pulse? (c) Find the rms values of the electric and
magnetic fields in the pulse.

Picture the Problem The spatial length L of the pulse is the product of its speed c
and duration Δt. We can find the energy density within the pulse using its
definition (u = U/V). The electric amplitude of the pulse is related to the energy
density in the beam according to
2
0
E u ∈ = and we can find B from E using
B = E/c.

(a) The spatial length L of the pulse
is the product of its speed c and
duration Δt:

t c L Δ =
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate L:

( )( )
m 00 . 3
m 998 . 2 ns 0 . 10 m/s 10 998 . 2
8
=
= × = L

(b) The energy density within the
pulse is the energy of the beam per
unit volume:

L r
U
V
U
u
2
π
= =
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate u:

( ) ( )
3 3
2
kJ/m 531 kJ/m 9 . 530
m 998 . 2 mm 00 . 2
J 0 . 20
= =
=
π
u

(c) E is related to u according to:

2
rms 0
E u ∈ = ⇒
0
rms

u
E =

Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves

867
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate E
rms
:

MV/m 245 MV/m 9 . 244
m N / C 10 854 . 8
kJ/m 9 . 530
2 2 12
3
rms
= =
⋅ ×
=

E

Use B
rms
= E
rms
/c to find B
rms
:

T 817 . 0
m/s 10 998 . 2
MV/m 9 . 244
8
rms
=
×
= B

37 •• [SSM] An electromagnetic plane wave has an electric field that is
parallel to the y axis, and has a Poynting vector that is given by
( ) ( ) [ ] i S
ˆ
cos W/m 100 ,
2 2
t kx t x ω − =
r
, where x is in meters, k = 10.0 rad/m,
ω = 3.00 × 10
9
rad/s, and t is in seconds. (a) What is the direction of propagation
of the wave? (b) Find the wavelength and frequency of the wave. (c) Find the
electric and magnetic fields of the wave as functions of x and t.

Picture the Problem We can determine the direction of propagation of the wave,
its wavelength, and its frequency by examining the argument of the cosine
function. We can find E from c E
0
2
μ = S
r
and B from B = E/c. Finally, we can
use the definition of the Poynting vector and the given expression for S
r
to find
E
r
and B
r
.

(a) Because the argument of the cosine function is of the form t kx ω − , the wave
propagates in the +x direction.

(b) Examining the argument of the
cosine function, we note that the
wave number k of the wave is:

1
m 0 . 10
2

= =
λ
π
k ⇒ m 628 . 0 = λ
Examining the argument of the
cosine function, we note that the
angular frequency ω of the wave
is:

1 9
s 10 00 . 3 2

× = = f π ω
Solving for f yields:

MHz 477
2
s 10 00 . 3
1 9
=
×
=

π
f

(c) Express the magnitude of S
r
in
terms of E:

c
E
0
2
μ
= S
r
⇒ S
r
c E
0
μ =
Chapter 30

868

Substitute numerical values and evaluate E:

( )( )( ) V/m 1 . 194 W/m 100 m/s 10 998 . 2 N/A 10 4
2 8 2 7
= × × =

π E

Because
( ) ( ) [ ] i S
ˆ
cos W/m 100 ,
2 2
t kx t x ω − =
r

and B E S
r r r
× =
0
1
μ
:

( ) ( ) [ ] j E
ˆ
cos V/m 194 , t kx t x ω − =
r

where k = 10.0 rad/m and
ω = 3.00 × 10
9

Use B = E/c to evaluate B:

nT 4 . 647
m/s 10 998 . 2
V/m 1 . 194
8
=
×
= B

Because B E S
r r r
× =
0
1
μ
, the direction
of B
r
must be such that the cross
product of E
r
with B
r
is in the +x
direction:
( ) ( ) [ ] k B
ˆ
cos nT 647 , t kx t x ω − =
r

where k = 10.0 rad/m and
ω = 3.00 × 10
9

38 •• A parallel-plate capacitor is being charged. The capacitor consists of a
pair of identical circular parallel plates that have radius b and a separation
distance d. (a) Show that the displacement current in the capacitor gap has the
same value as the conduction current in the capacitor leads. (b) What is the
direction of the Poynting vector in the region between the capacitor plates?
(c) Find an expression for the Poynting vector in this region and show that its flux
into the region between the plates is equal to the rate of change of the energy
stored in the capacitor.

Picture the Problem We can use the expression for the electric field strength
between the plates of the parallel-plate capacitor and the definition of the
displacement current to show that the displacement current in the capacitor is
equal to the conduction current in the capacitor leads. In (b) we can use the
definition of the Poynting vector and the directions of the electric and magnetic
fields to determine the direction of the Poynting vector between the capacitor
plates. In (c), we’ll demonstrate that the flux of S
r
into the region between the
plates is equal to the rate of change of the energy stored in the capacitor by
evaluating these quantities separately and showing that they are equal.

(a) The displacement current is
proportional to the rate at which the
flux is changing between the plates:

( )
dt
dE
A AE
dt
d
dt
d
I
0 0
e
0 d
∈ ∈
φ
∈ = = =

Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves

869
The electric field strength between
the plates of the capacitor is given
by:
A
Q
E
0

=
where Q is the instantaneous charge on
the capacitor plates.

Substituting for E yields:

I
dt
dQ
A
Q
dt
d
A I = = =
0
0 d

(b) Because E
r
is perpendicular to the plates of the capacitor and B
r
is tangent to
circles that are concentric and whose center is through the middle of the capacitor
plates, S
r
points radially inward toward the center of the capacitor.

(c) The Poynting vector is:

B E S
r r r
× =
0
1
μ
(1)

Letting the direction of E
r
be the +x
direction:

i E
ˆ
E =
r

where E is the electric field strength
between the plates of the capacitor.

Apply Ampere’s law to a closed
circular path of radius R ≤ b to
obtain:

( )
d 0
2 I R B μ π =
Substituting for I
d
and simplifying
yields:

( )
dt
dE
R
EA
dt
d
dt
d
R B
2
0 0
0 0
e
0 0
2
π ∈ μ
∈ μ
φ
∈ μ π
=
= =

Solve for B to obtain:
dt
dE
R B
2
0 0
∈ μ
=
and
j B
ˆ
2
0 0
dt
dE
R
∈ μ
− =
r

where j
ˆ
is a unit vector that is tangent
to the concentric circles.

Chapter 30

870
Substitute for B
r
and E
r
in equation
(1) and simplify to obtain:

x
y
B

E

S

R
ˆ
R

( )
R
j i
j i S
ˆ
2
ˆ ˆ
2
ˆ
2
ˆ
1
0
0
0 0
0
R
dt
dE E
R
dt
dE E
dt
dE
R E

∈ μ
μ
− =
− × =

− ×

=
r

where R ≤ b, E is the electric field
strength between the plates, R is the
radial distance from the line joining the
centers of the plates, R
ˆ
is a unit vector
pointing radially outward from the line
joining the centers of the plates, and b
is the radius of the plates.

The rate at which energy is stored
in the capacitor is:
( ) ( )
dt
dE
E
dt
d
V uV
dt
d
dt
dU
0
2
0

=
= =

Because
A
Q
E
0

= :

I
A
Qd
dt
dQ
A
Qd
A
Q
dt
d
A
Q
dt
dU
0 0
0 0
0
∈ ∈
∈ ∈

= =

=

Consider a cylindrical surface of
length d and radius b. Because
S
r
points inward, the energy flowing
into the solenoid per unit time is:
( )
( )
dt
dE
d Eb
bd
dt
dE
Eb
bd S dA S
2
0
0 2
1
n
2
2
∈ π
π ∈
π
=

=
=

Substituting for E and simplifying
yields:

I
A
Qd
dt
dQ
A
d b
b
Q
A
Q
dt
d
d b
A
Q
dA S
0 0
2
2
0
2
0
0 n
∈ ∈ π
π
∈ ∈
∈ π
= ⎟

=

=

Because dt dU dA S =

n
, we’ve proved that the flux of S
r
into the region
between the capacitor is equal to the rate of change of the energy stored in the
capacitor.

Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves

871
39 •• [SSM] A pulsed laser fires a 1000-MW pulse that has a 200-ns
duration at a small object that has a mass equal to 10.0 mg and is suspended by a
fine fiber that is 4.00 cm long. If the radiation is completely absorbed by the
object, what is the maximum angle of deflection of this pendulum? (Think of the
system as a ballistic pendulum and assume the small object was hanging vertically

Picture the Problem The diagram
shows the displacement of the
pendulum bob, through an angle θ, as a
consequence of the complete absorption
of the radiation incident on it. We can
use conservation of energy (mechanical
energy is conserved after the collision)
to relate the maximum angle of
deflection of the pendulum to the initial
momentum of the pendulum bob.
Because the displacement of the bob
during the absorption of the pulse is
negligible, we can use conservation of
momentum (conserved during the
collision) to equate the momentum of
the electromagnetic pulse to the initial
momentum of the bob.

h
m
L
L cos
θ
θ
0
g
= U

Apply conservation of energy to
obtain:

0
i f i f
= − + − U U K K
or, because U
i
= K
f
= 0 and
m
p
K
2
2
i
i
= ,
0
2
f
2
i
= + − U
m
p

U
f
is given by:

( ) θ cos 1
f
− = = mgL mgh U
Substitute for U
f
:

( ) 0 cos 1
2
2
i
= − + − θ mgL
m
p

Solve for θ to obtain:

− =

gL m
p
2
2
i 1
2
1 cos θ

Chapter 30

872

Use conservation of momentum to
relate the momentum of the
electromagnetic pulse to the initial
momentum p
i
of the pendulum bob:

i wave em
p
c
t P
c
U
p =
Δ
= =
where Δt is the duration of the pulse.
Substitute for p
i
:
( )

Δ
− =

gL c m
t P
2 2
2 2
1
2
1 cos θ
Substitute numerical values and evaluate θ :

( ) ( )
( ) ( ) ( )( )
° =

×
− =

10 . 6
m 0400 . 0 m/s 81 . 9 m/s 10 998 . 2 mg 0 . 10 2
ns 200 MW 1000
1 cos
2
2
8 2
2 2
1
θ

Remarks: The solution presented here is valid only if the displacement of the
bob during the absorption of the pulse is negligible. (Otherwise, the
horizontal component of the momentum of the pulse-bob system is not
conserved during the collision.) We can show that the displacement during
the pulse-bob collision is small by solving for the speed of the bob after
absorbing the pulse. Applying conservation of momentum (mv = P(Δt)/c) and
solving for v gives v = 6.67 × 10
−7
m/s. This speed is so slow compared to c,
we can conclude that the duration of the collision is extremely close to 200 ns
(the time for the pulse to travel its own length). Traveling at 6.67 × 10
−7
m/s
for 200 ns, the bob would travel 1.33 × 10
−13
m—a distance 1000 times
smaller that the diameter of a hydrogen atom. (Because 6.67×10
−7
m/s is the
maximum speed of the bob during the collision, the bob would actually travel
less than 1.33 × 10
−13
m during the collision.)

40 •• The mirrors used in a particular type of laser are 99.99% reflecting.
(a) If the laser has an average output power of 15 W, what is the average power of
the radiation incident on one of the mirrors? (b) What is the force due to radiation
pressure on one of the mirrors?

Picture the Problem We can use the definitions of pressure and the relationship
between radiation pressure and the intensity of the radiation to find the force due
to radiation pressure on one of the mirrors.

(a) Because only about 0.01 percent
of the energy inside the laser "leaks
out", the average power of the
radiation incident on one of the
mirrors is:

W 10 5 . 1
10 1.0
W 15
5
4
× =
×
=

P
Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves

873
(b) Use the definition of radiation
pressure to obtain:

A
F
P
r
r
=
where F
r
is the force due to radiation
pressure and A is the area of the mirror
on which the radiation is incident.

The radiation pressure is also related
to the intensity of the radiation: Ac
P
c
I
P
2 2
r
= =
where P is the power of the laser and
the factor of 2 is due to the fact that the
mirror is essentially totally reflecting.

Equate the two expression for the
radiation pressure and solve for F
r
:

Ac
P
A
F 2
r
= ⇒
c
P
F
2
r
=
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate F
r
:
( )
mN 0 . 1
m/s 10 998 . 2
W 10 5 . 1 2
8
5
r
=
×
×
= F

41 •• [SSM] (a) Estimate the force on Earth due to the pressure of the
radiation on Earth by the Sun, and compare this force to the gravitational force of
the Sun on Earth. (At Earth’s orbit, the intensity of sunlight is 1.37 kW/m
2
.)
(b)
.
Repeat Part (a) for Mars which is at an average distance of 2.28 × 10
8
km
from the Sun and has a radius of 3.40 × 10
3
km. (c) Which planet has the larger
ratio of radiation pressure to gravitational attraction.

Picture the Problem We can find the radiation pressure force from the definition
of pressure and the relationship between the radiation pressure and the intensity of
the radiation from the Sun. We can use Newton’s law of gravitation to find the
gravitational force the Sun exerts on Earth and Mars.

(a) The radiation pressure exerted on
Earth is given by:

A
F
P
Earth r,
Earth r,
= ⇒ A P F
Earth r, Earth r,
=
where A is the cross-sectional area of
Earth.

terms of the intensity of the

c
I
P =
Earth r,

Substituting for P
r, Earth
and A yields:

c
R I
F
2
Earth r,
π
=

Chapter 30

874
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate F
r
:
( )( )
N 10 83 . 5
N 10 825 . 5
m/s 10 998 . 2
m 10 37 . 6 kW/m 37 . 1
8
8
8
2
6 2
Earth r,
× =
× =
×
×
=
π
F

The gravitational force exerted
on Earth by the Sun is given by:

2
earth sun
Earth g,
r
m Gm
F =
where r is the radius of Earth’s orbit.

Substitute numerical values and evaluate F
g, Earth
:

( )( )( )
( )
N 10 529 . 3
m 10 50 . 1
kg 10 98 . 5 kg 10 99 . 1 kg / m N 10 673 . 6
22
2
11
24 30 2 2 11
Earth g,
× =
×
× × ⋅ ×
=

F

Express the ratio of the force due to
r, Earth
to the
gravitational force F
g, Earth
:

14
22
8
Earth g,
Earth r,
10 65 . 1
N 10 529 . 3
N 10 825 . 5

× =
×
×
=
F
F

or
( )
Earth g,
14
Earth r,
10 65 . 1 F F

× =

on Mars is given by:

A
F
P
Mars r,
Mars r,
= ⇒ A P F
Mars r, Mars r,
=
where A is the cross-sectional area of
Mars.

on Mars in terms of the intensity
Mars
from the
sun:

c
I
P
Mars
Mars r,
=
Substituting for P
r, Mars
and A yields:

c
R I
F
2
Mars Mars
Mars r,
π
=

Express the ratio of the solar
constant at Earth to the solar
constant at Mars:

2
Mars
earth
earth
Mars

=
r
r
I
I

2
Mars
earth
earth Mars

=
r
r
I I
Substitute for
Mars
I to obtain:

2
Mars
earth
2
Mars earth
Mars r,

=
r
r
c
R I
F
π

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875

Substitute numerical values and evaluate F
r, Mars
:

( )( )
N 10 18 . 7
m 10 28 . 2
m 10 50 . 1
m/s 10 998 . 2
km 10 40 . 3 kW/m 37 . 1
7
2
11
11
8
2
3 2
Mars r,
× =

×
×
×
×
=
π
F

The gravitational force exerted on
Mars by the Sun is given by:

( )
2
Earth sun
2
Mars sun
Mars g,
11 . 0
r
m Gm
r
m Gm
F = =
where r is the radius of Mars’ orbit.

Substitute numerical values and evaluate F
g

( )( )( )( )
( )
N 10 68 . 1
m 10 28 . 2
kg 10 98 . 5 11 . 0 kg 10 99 . 1 kg / m N 10 673 . 6
21
2
11
24 30 2 2 11
Mars g,
× =
×
× × ⋅ ×
=

F

Express the ratio of the force due to
r, Mars
to the
gravitational force F
g, Mars
:

14
21
7
Mars g,
Mars r,
10 27 . 4
N 10 68 . 1
N 10 18 . 7

× =
×
×
=
F
F

or
( )
Mars g,
14
Mars r,
10 27 . 4 F F

× =

(c) Because the ratio of the radiation pressure force to the gravitational force is
1.65 × 10
−14
for Earth and 4.27 × 10
−14
for Mars, Mars has the larger ratio. The
reason that the ratio is higher for Mars is that the dependence of the radiation
pressure on the distance from the Sun is the same for both forces (r
−2
), whereas
the dependence on the radii of the planets is different. Radiation pressure varies as
R
2
, whereas the gravitational force varies as R
3
(assuming that the two planets
have the same density, an assumption that is nearly true). Consequently, the ratio
of the forces goes as
1 3 2
/

= R R R . Because Mars is smaller than Earth, the ratio
is larger.

The Wave Equation for Electromagnetic Waves

42 • Show by direct substitution that Equation 30-8a is satisfied by the
wave function

E
y
= E
0
sin kx −ωt ( )= E
0
sin k x − ct ( ) where c = ω/k.

Picture the Problem We can show that Equation 30-8a is satisfied by the wave
function E
y
by showing that the ratio of ∂
2
E
y
/∂x
2
to ∂
2
E
y
/∂t
2
is 1/c
2
where c = ω/k.

Chapter 30

876
Differentiate ( ) t kx E E
y
ω − = sin
0

with respect to x:

[ ]
) cos(
) sin(
0
0
t kx kE
t kx E
x x
E
y
ω
ω
− =

=

Evaluate the second partial
derivative of E
y
with respect to x:

[ ]
) sin(
) cos(
0
2
0 2
2
t kx E k
t kx kE
x x
E
y
ω
ω
− − =

=

(1)

Differentiate ( ) t kx E E
y
ω − = sin
0

with respect to t:

[ ]
) cos(
) sin(
0
0
t kx E
t kx E
t t
E
y
ω ω
ω
− − =

=

Evaluate the second partial
derivative of E
y
with respect to t:

[ ]
) sin(
) cos(
0
2
0
2
2
t kx E
t kx E
t t
E
y
ω ω
ω ω
− − =
− −

=

(2)

Divide equation (1) by equation (2)
to obtain:

( )
( )
2
2
0
2
0
2
2
2
2
2
sin
sin
ω ω ω
ω k
t kx E
t kx E k
t
E
x
E
y
y
=
− −
− −
=

or
2
2
2 2
2
2
2
2
2
1
t
E
c t
E
k
x
E
y y y

=

=

ω

provided c = ω/k.

43 • Use the values of μ
0
and
0
∈ in SI units to compute
0 0
1 μ ∈ and
show that it is equal to 3.00 × 10
8
m/s.

Picture the Problem Substitute numerical values and evaluate c:

( )( )
m/s 10 00 . 3
m N / C 10 854 . 8 N/A 10 4
1
8
2 2 12 2 7
× =
⋅ × ×
=
− −
π
c

44 •• (a) Use Maxwell’s equations to show for a plane wave, in which E
r

and B
r
are independent of y and z, that
t
B
x
E
y
z

=

and
t
E
x
B
z
y

=

0 0
∈ μ .
(b) Show that E
z
and B
y
also satisfy the wave equation.

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Picture the Problem We can use Figures 30-5 and 30-6 and a derivation similar
to that in the text to obtain the given results.

In Figure 30-5, replace B
z
by E
z
. For
Δx small:

( ) ( ) x
x
E
x E x E
z
z z
Δ

+ =
1 2

Evaluate the line integral of E
r

around the rectangular area ΔxΔz:

z x
x
E
d
z
Δ Δ

− ≈ ⋅

l
r r
E (1)
Express the magnetic flux through
the same area:

Δ Δ =
S
n
z x B dA B
y

( )
z x
t
B
z x B
t
dA B
t
d
y
y
Δ Δ

− =
Δ Δ

− =

− ≈ ⋅
∫ ∫
S
n
l
r r
E

Substitute in equation (1) to obtain:
z x
t
B
z x
x
E
y
z
Δ Δ

− = Δ Δ

or
t
B
x
E
y
z

=

In Figure 30-6, replace E
y
by B
y
and
evaluate the line integral of B
r

around the rectangular area ΔxΔz:

∫ ∫
= ⋅
S
n 0 0
dA E d ∈ μ l
r r
B
provided there are no conduction
currents.

Evaluate these integrals to obtain:

t
E
x
B
z
y

=

0 0
∈ μ

(b) Using the first result obtained in
(a), find the second partial derivative
of E
z
with respect to x:

=

t
B
x x
E
x
y
z

or

=

x
B
t x
E
y
z
2
2

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Use the second result obtained in (a)
to obtain:

2
2
0 0 0 0
2
2
t
E
t
E
t x
E
z z z

=

=

∈ μ ε μ
or, because μ
0

0
= 1/c
2
,
2
2
2 2
2
1
t
E
c x
E
z z

=

.

Using the second result obtained in
(a), find the second partial derivative
of B
y
with respect to x:

=

t
E
x x
B
x
z
y
0 0
∈ μ
or

=

x
E
t x
B
z
y
0 0
2
2
∈ μ

Use the first result obtained in (a) to
obtain:

2
2
0 0 0 0
2
2
t
B
t
B
t x
B
y y y

=

=

∈ μ ∈ μ
or, because μ
0

0
= 1/c
2
,
2
2
2 2
2
1
t
B
c x
B
y y

=

.

45 •• [SSM] Show that any function of the form y(x, t) = f(x – vt) or
y(x, t) = g(x + vt) satisfies the wave Equation 30-7

Picture the Problem We can show that these functions satisfy the wave
equations by differentiating them twice (using the chain rule) with respect to x
and t and equating the expressions for the second partial of f with respect to u.

Let u = x − vt. Then:
u
f
u
f
x
u
x
f

=

=

and
u
f
v
u
f
t
u
t
f

− =

=

Express the second derivatives of
f with respect to x and t to obtain: 2
2
2
2
u
f
x
f

=

and
2
2
2
2
2
u
f
v
t
f

=

Divide the first of these equations by
the second to obtain:

2
2
2
2
2
1
v
t
f
x
f
=

2
2
2 2
2
1
t
f
v x
f

=

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Let u = x + vt. Then:
u
f
u
f
x
u
x
f

=

=

and
u
f
v
u
f
t
u
t
f

=

=

Express the second derivatives of
f with respect to x and t to obtain: 2
2
2
2
u
f
x
f

=

and
2
2
2
2
2
u
f
v
t
f

=

Divide the first of these equations by
the second to obtain:

2
2
2
2
2
1
v
t
f
x
f
=

2
2
2 2
2
1
t
f
v x
f

=

General Problems

46 • An electromagnetic wave has a frequency of 100 MHz and is traveling
in a vacuum. The magnetic field is given by ( ) ( ) ( )i B
ˆ
cos T 10 00 . 1 ,
8
t kz t z ω − × =

r
.
(a) Find the wavelength and the direction of propagation of this wave. (b) Find
the electric field vector ( ) t z, E
r
. (c) Determine the Poynting vector, and use it to
find the intensity of this wave.

Picture the Problem We can use c = fλ to find the wavelength. Examination of
the argument of the cosine function will reveal the direction of propagation of the
wave. We can find the magnitude, wave number, and angular frequency of the
electric vector from the given information and the result of (a) and use these
results to obtain E
r
(z, t). Finally, we can use its definition to find the Poynting
vector.

(a) Relate the wavelength of the
wave to its frequency and the speed
of light:

f
c
= λ
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate λ:
m 00 . 3
MHz 100
m/s 10 998 . 2
8
=
×
= λ

From the sign of the argument of the cosine function and the spatial dependence
on z, we can conclude that the wave propagates in the +z direction.

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880
(b) Express the amplitude of E
r
: ( )( )
V/m 00 . 3
T 10 m/s 10 998 . 2
8 8
=
× = =

cB E

Find the angular frequency and
wave number of the wave:

( )
1 8
s 10 28 . 6 MHz 100 2 2

× = = = π π ω f
and
1
m 09 . 2
m 00 . 3
2 2

= = =
π
λ
π
k

Because S
r
is in the positive z direction, E
r
must be in the negative y direction in
order to satisfy the Poynting vector expression:

( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) [ ] j E
ˆ
s 10 28 . 6 m 09 . 2 cos V/m 00 . 3 ,
1 8 1
t z t z
− −
× − − =
r

(c) Use its definition to express and evaluate the Poynting vector:

( )
( )( )
( ) ( ) [ ]( ) i j B E S
ˆ ˆ
s 10 28 . 6 m 09 . 2 cos
N/A 10 4
T 10 V/m 00 . 3 1
,
1 8 1 2
2 7
8
0
× × −
×

= × =
− −

t z t z
π μ
r r r

or
( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) [ ]k S
ˆ
s 10 28 . 6 m 09 . 2 cos mW/m 9 . 23 ,
1 8 1 2 2
t z t z
− −
× − =
r

The intensity of the wave is the
average magnitude of the Poynting
vector. The average value of the
square of the cosine function is 1/2:
( )
2
2
2
1
mW/m 9 . 11
mW/m 9 . 23
=
= = S
r
I

47 •• [SSM] A circular loop of wire can be used to detect electromagnetic
waves. Suppose the signal strength from a 100-MHz FM radio station 100 km
distant is 4.0 μW/m
2
,
and suppose the signal is vertically polarized. What is the
maximum rms voltage induced in your antenna, assuming your antenna is a

Picture the Problem We can use Faraday’s law to show that the maximum rms
voltage induced in the loop is given by , 2
0 rms
B Aω ε = where A is the area of
the loop, B
0
is the amplitude of the magnetic field, and ω is the angular frequency
of the wave. Relating the intensity of the radiation to B
0
will allow us to express
rms
ε as a function of the intensity.

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881
The emf induced in the antenna is

( ) ( )
( )
t t B R
t B
dt
d
R
dt
dB
A
BA
dt
d
A
dt
d
dt
d
ω ω ω π
ω π
φ
ε
ε
cos cos
sin
ˆ
peak 0
2
0
2
m
− = − =
− = − =
− = ⋅ − = − = n B
r

where
0
2
peak
B R ω π ε = and R is the

rms
ε equals
peak
ε divided by the
square root of 2: 2 2
0
2
peak
rms
B R ω π
ε
ε = = (1)

The intensity of the signal is given
by:
0
0 0

B E
I =
or, because
0 0
cB E = ,
0
2
0
0
0 0
2 2 μ μ
c B B cB
I = =

Solving for B
0
yields:
c
I
B
0
0

=

Substituting for B
0
and ω in
equation (1) and simplifying yields:
( )
c
I
f R
c
I
f R
0 2 2
0 2
rms
2
2
2
2
μ
π
μ
π π
ε
=
=

Substitute numerical values and evaluate ε
rms
:

( ) ( )
( )( )
mV .6 2
m/s 10 998 . 2
W/m 0 . 4 N/A 10 4
MHz 100 m 100 . 0 2
8
2 2 7
2 2
rms
=
×
×
=

μ π
π ε

48 •• The electric field strength from a radio station some distance from the
electric dipole transmitting antenna is given by
( ) ( )t rad/s 10 00 . 1 cos N/C 10 00 . 1
6 4
× ×

, where t is in seconds. (a) What peak
voltage is picked up on a 50.0-cm long wire oriented parallel with the electric
field direction? (b) What is the maximum voltage that can be induced by this
electromagnetic wave in a conducting loop of radius 20.0 cm? What orientation of
the loop does this require?

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882
Picture the Problem The voltage induced in the piece of wire is the product of
the electric field and the length of the wire. The maximum rms voltage induced in
the loop is given by ,
0
B Aω ε = where A is the area of the loop, B
0
is the
amplitude of the magnetic field, and ω is the angular frequency of the wave.

(a) Because E is independent of x: l E V =
where l is the length of the wire.

Substitute numerical values and
evaluate V:
( ) [ ]( )
( ) t
t V
6
6 4
10 cos V 0 . 50
m 500 . 0 10 cos N/C 10 00 . 1
μ =
× =

and V 0 . 50
peak
μ = V

(b) The maximum voltage induced in
a loop is given by:

A B
0
ω ε =
where A is the area of the loop and B
0
is
the amplitude of the magnetic field.

Eliminate B
0
in favor of E
0
and
substitute for A to obtain:

c
R E
2
0
π ω
ε =
Substitute numerical values and evaluate ε:

( )( ) ( )
nV 9 . 41
m/s 10 998 . 2
m 200 . 0 N/C 10 00 . 1 s 10 00 . 1
8
2 4 1 6
=
×
× ×
=
− −
π
ε

The loop antenna should be oriented so the transmitting antenna lies in the plane
of the loop.

49 ••• A parallel-plate capacitor has circular plates of radius a that are
separated by a distance d. In the gap between the two plates is a thin straight wire
of resistance R that connects the centers of the two plates. A time-varying voltage
given by V
0
sin ωt is applied across the plates. (a) What is the current drawn by
this capacitor? (b) What is the magnetic field as a function of the radial distance r
from the centerline within the capacitor plates? (c) What is the phase angle
between the current drawn by the capacitor and the applied voltage?

Picture the Problem Some of the charge entering the capacitor passes through
the resistive wire while the rest of it accumulates on the upper plate. The total
current is the rate at which the charge passes through the resistive wire plus the
rate at which it accumulates on the upper plate. The magnetic field between the
capacitor plates is due to both the current in the resistive wire and the
displacement current though a surface bounded by a circle a distance r from the
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883
resistive wire. The phase difference between the current drawn by the capacitor
and the applied voltage may be calculated using a phasor diagram.

(a) The current drawn by the
capacitor is the sum of the
conduction current through the
resistance wire and dQ/dt, where Q
is the charge on the upper plate of
the capacitor:

dt
dQ
I I + =
c
(1)
Express the conduction current I
c
in
terms of the potential difference
between the plates and the resistance
of the wire:

t
R
V
R
V
I ω sin
0
c
= =

Because CV Q = :

t CV
dt
dV
C
dt
dQ
ω ω cos
0
= =

Substitute in equation (1):

t CV t
R
V
I ω ω ω cos sin
0
0
+ = (2)

The capacitance of a parallel-plate
capacitor with plate area A and plate
separation d is given by:

d
a
d
A
C
2
0 0
π ∈ ∈
= =

Substituting for C in equation (2)
gives: ⎟

+ = t
d
a
t
R
V I ω
π ∈ ω
ω cos sin
1
2
0
0

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884

(b) Apply the generalized form of
Ampere’s law to a circular path of
radius r centered within the plates of
the capacitor, where
d
I' is the
displacement current through the flat
surface S bounded by the path and I
c

is the conduction current through the
same surface:

( )
d c 0
C
I' I d + = ⋅

μ l
r r
B

By symmetry the line integral is B
times the circumference of the circle

( ) ( )
d c 0
2 I' I r B + = μ π (3)
In the region between the capacitor
plates there is a uniform electric field
due to the surface charges +Q and –
Q. The associated displacement
current through S is:

( )
dt
dE
r
dt
dE
A'
A'E
dt
d
dt
d
I'
2
0 0
0
e
0 d
π ∈ ∈

φ

= =
= =

provided ( ) a r ≤

To evaluate the displacement current
we first must evaluate E everywhere
on S. Near the surface of a
conductor, where σ is the surface
charge density:

0
∈ σ = E , where ( )
2
a Q A Q π σ = =
so
2
0
a
Q
E
π ∈
=

Substituting for E in the equation
for
d
I' gives:
( )
t V
d
r
t V
dt
d
d
r
dt
dV
d
r
d
V
dt
d
r
dt
dE
r I'
ω
π ∈
ω
ω
π ∈ π ∈
π ∈ π ∈
cos
sin
0
2
0
0
2
0
2
0
2
0
2
0 d
=
= =

= =

Solving for B in equation (3) and substituting for I
c
and
d
I' yields:

( )
( )

+ =

+ =
+
=
t
d
r
t
R r
V
t V
d
r
t
R
V
r r
I' I
r B
ω
π ∈
ω ω
π
μ
ω
π ∈
ω ω
π
μ
π
μ
cos sin
1
2
cos sin
2 2
2
0 0 0
0
2
0 0 0 d c 0

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885

(c) Both the charge Q and the
conduction current I
c
are in phase
with V. However, dQ/dt, which is
equal to the displacement current I
d

through S for r ≥ a, lags V by 90°.
(Mathematically, cos ωt lags behind
sin ωt by 90°.) The voltage V leads
the current I = I
c
+ I
d
by phase angle
δ. The current relation is expressed
in terms of the current amplitudes:

d c
I I I + =
or
( )
t I
t I t I
ω
ω δ ω
cos
sin sin
max d,
max c, max
+
= +

The values of the conduction and
displacement current amplitudes
are obtained by comparison with

R
V
I
0
max c,
=
and
d
V a
I
0
2
0
max d,
π ∈ ω
=

A phasor diagram for adding the
currents I
c
and I
d
is shown to the
right. The conduction current I
c
is in
phase with the voltage V across the
resistor and I
d
lags behind it by 90°:

δ
max d,
I
max c,
I
max
I

d
I

c
I

I

V

From the phasor diagram we have:
d
a R
R V
d
a
V
I
I
2
0
0
2
0
0
max c,
max d,
tan
π ∈ ω
π ∈ ω
δ
=
= =

so

=

d
a R
2
0 1
tan
π ∈ ω
δ

Remarks: The capacitor and the resistive wire are connected in parallel.
The potential difference across each of them is the applied voltage V
0
sin ωt.

50 •• A 20-kW beam of electromagnetic radiation is normal to a surface that
reflects 50 percent of the radiation. What is the force exerted by the radiation on
this surface?
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886
Picture the Problem The total force on the surface is the sum of the force due to
the reflected radiation and the force due to the absorbed radiation. From the
conservation of momentum, the force due to the 10 kW that are reflected is twice
the force due to the 10 kW that are absorbed.

Express the total force on the
surface:

a
F F F + =
r tot

Substitute for F
r
and F
a
to obtain:
( )
c
P
c
P
c
P
F
2
3 2
2
1
2
1
tot
= + =

Substitute numerical values and
evaluate F
tot
:
( )
( )
mN 10 . 0
m/s 10 998 . 2 2
kW 20 3
8
tot
=
×
= F

51 •• [SSM] The electric fields of two harmonic electromagnetic waves of
angular frequency ω
1
and ω
2
are given by

r
E
1
= E
1,0
cos k
1
x − ω
1
t ( )
ˆ
j and
by
r
E
2
= E
2,0
cos k
2
x − ω
2
t +δ ( )
ˆ
j . For the resultant of these two waves, find (a) the
instantaneous Poynting vector and (b) the time-averaged Poynting vector.
(c) Repeat Parts (a) and (b) if the direction of propagation of the second wave is
reversed so that

r
E
2
= E
2,0
cos k
2
x +ω
2
t + δ ( )
ˆ
j

Picture the Problem We can use the definition of the Poynting vector and the
relationship between B
r
and E
r
to find the instantaneous Poynting vectors for each
of the resultant wave motions and the fact that the time average of the cross
product term is zero for ω
1
≠ ω
2
, and ½ for the square of cosine function to find
the time-averaged Poynting vectors.

(a) Because both waves propagate in
the x direction:

i B E
ˆ
0
S μ = ×
r r
⇒ k B
ˆ
B =
r

Express B in terms of E
1
and E
2
:

( )
2 1
1
E E
c
B + =

Substitute for E
1
and E
2
to obtain:

( ) ( ) ( ) [ ]k B
ˆ
cos cos
1
,
2 2 0 , 2 1 1 0 , 1
δ ω ω + − + − = t x k E t x k E
c
t x
r

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887

The instantaneous Poynting vector for the resultant wave motion is given by:

( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
( ) [ ( )
( ) ( )] i
k j
k
j S
ˆ
cos cos
cos 2 cos
1
ˆ ˆ
cos cos
1
ˆ
cos cos
1
ˆ
cos cos
1
,
2 2
2 2
0 , 2 2 2
1 1 0 , 2 0 , 1 1 1
2 2
0 , 1
0
2
2 2 0 , 2 1 1 0 , 1
0
2 2 0 , 2 1 1 0 , 1
2 2 0 , 2 1 1 0 , 1
0
δ ω δ ω
ω ω
μ
δ ω ω
μ
δ ω ω
δ ω ω
μ
+ − + + − ×
− + −
=
× + − + − =
+ − + − ×
+ − + − =
t x k E t x k
t x k E E t x k E
c
t x k E t x k E
c
t x k E t x k E
c
t x k E t x k E t x
r

(b) The time average of the cross
product term is zero for ω
1
≠ ω
2
, and
the time average of the square of the
cosine terms is ½:

[ ] i S
ˆ
2
1
2
0 , 2
2
0 , 1
0
av
E E
c
+ =
μ
r

(c) In this case k B
ˆ
2
B − =
r
because the wave with k = k
2
propagates in the
i
ˆ
− direction. The magnetic field is then:

( ) ( ) ( ) [ ]k B
ˆ
cos cos
1
,
2 2 0 , 2 1 1 0 , 1
δ ω ω + + − − = t x k E t x k E
c
t x
r

The instantaneous Poynting vector for the resultant wave motion is given by:

( ) ( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( ) ( )
( ) ( ) [ ] i
k
j S
ˆ
cos cos
1
ˆ
cos cos
1
ˆ
cos cos
1
,
2 2
2 2
0 , 2 1 1
2 2
0 , 1
0
2 2 0 , 2 1 1 0 , 1
2 2 0 , 2 1 1 0 , 1
0
δ ω ω
μ
δ ω ω
δ ω ω
μ
+ + − − =
+ + − − ×
+ − + − =
t x k E t x k E
c
t x k E t x k E
c
t x k E t x k E t x
r

The time average of the square of the
cosine terms is ½:

[ ] i S
ˆ
2
1
2
0 , 2
2
0 , 1
0
av
E E
c
− =
μ
r

52 •• Show that

∂B
z
∂x
= μ
o

0
∂E
n
∂t
(Equation 30-10) follows from
∫ ∫

∈ − = ⋅
S
y
C
dA
t
E
d
0 0
μ l
r r
B (Equation 30-6d with I = 0) by integrating along a
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888
suitable curve C and over a suitable surface S in a manner that parallels the
derivation of Equation 30-9.

Picture the Problem We’ll choose the
curve with sides Δx and Δz in the xy
plane shown in the diagram and apply
Equation 30-6d to show that

t
E
x
B
y
z

∈ − =

0 0
μ .

Because Δx is very small, we can
approximate the difference in B
z

at the points x
1
and x
2
by:

( ) ( ) x
x
B
B x B x B
z
z z
Δ

≈ Δ = −
1 2

Then:
z x
t
E
d
y
C
Δ Δ

∈ ≈ ⋅

0 0
μ l
r r
B

The flux of the electric field through
this curve is approximately:

y x E dA E
y
S
Δ Δ =

n

z x
t
E
z x
x
B
y
z
Δ Δ

∈ − = Δ Δ

0 0
μ
or
t
E
x
B
y
z

∈ − =

0 0
μ

53 •• For your backpacking excursions, you have purchased a radio capable
of detecting a signal as weak as 1.00 × 10
–14
W/m
2
. This radio has a 2000-turn
coil antenna that has a radius of 1.00 cm wound on an iron core that increases the
magnetic field by a factor of 200. The broadcast frequency of the radio station is
1400 kHz. (a) What is the peak magnetic field strength of an electromagnetic
wave of this minimum intensity? (b) What is the peak emf that it is capable of
inducing in the antenna? (c) What would be the peak emf induced in a straight
2.00-m long metal wire oriented parallel to the direction of the electric field?

Picture the Problem We can use the relationship between the average value of
the Poynting vector (the intensity), E
0
, and B
0
to find B
0
. The application of
Faraday’s law will allow us to find the emf induced in the antenna. The emf
induced in a 2.00-m wire oriented in the direction of the electric field can be
found using l E = ε and the relationship between E and B.

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(a) The intensity of the signal is
related the amplitude of the magnetic
field in the wave:

0
2
0
0
0 0
av
2 2 μ μ
cB B E
I S = = = ⇒
c
I
B
0
0

=
Substitute numerical values and evaluate B
0
:

( )( )
T 10 16 . 9
m/s 10 998 . 2
W/m 10 00 . 1 N/A 10 4 2
15
8
2 14 2 7
0

− −
× =
×
× ×
=
π
B

(b) Apply Faraday’s law to the
antenna coil to obtain:

( ) ( ) ( )
t
t AB NK
t B NK
dt
d
A BA
dt
d
t
ω
ω ω
ω
ε
ε
cos
cos
sin
peak
0 m
0 m
=
=
= =

where ω ε
0 m peak
AB NK =

Substitute numerical values and evaluate
peak
ε :

( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) [ ] V 1 . 10 kHz 1400 2 T 10 16 . 9 m 0100 . 0 200 2000
15 2
peak
μ π π ε = × =

(c) The voltage induced in the wire is
the product of its length l and the
amplitude of electric field E
0
:

l E = ε
Relate E to B:

t cB cB E ω sin
0
= =
Substitute for E to obtain: t t B c ω ω ε ε sin sin
peak 0
= = l
where
0 peak
B cl = ε

Substitute numerical values and evaluate
peak
ε :

( )( )( ) V 49 . 5 T 10 16 . 9 m 00 . 2 m/s 10 998 . 2
15 8
peak
μ ε = × × =

54 •• The intensity of the sunlight striking Earth’s upper atmosphere is
1.37 kW/m
2
. (a) Find the rms values of the magnetic and electric fields of this
light. (b) Find the average power output of the Sun. (c) Find the intensity and the
radiation pressure at the surface of the Sun.

Picture the Problem We can use I = E
rms
B
rms

0
and B
rms
= E
rms
/c to express E
rms

in terms of I. We can then use B
rms
= E
rms
/c to find B
rms
. The average power output
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of the Sun is given by I R P
2
av
4π = where R is the Earth-Sun distance. The
intensity and the radiation pressure at the surface of the sun can be found from the
definitions of these physical quantities.

(a) The intensity of the radiation
is given by:

0
2
rms
0
rms rms
μ μ c
E B E
I = = ⇒ I c E
0 rms
μ =
Substitute numerical values and evaluate
rms
E :

( )( )( )
V/m 718
V/m 4 . 718 kW/m 37 . 1 N/A 10 4 m/s 10 998 . 2
2 2 7 8
rms
=
= × × =

π E

Use c E B
rms rms
= to evaluate
rms
B :

T 40 . 2
m/s 10 998 . 2
V/m 4 . 718
8
rms
μ =
×
= B

(b) Express the average power
output of the Sun in terms of the
solar constant:

I R P
2
av
4π =
where R is the Earth-sun distance.
Substitute numerical values and
evaluate P
av
:

( ) ( )
W 10 87 . 3
W 10 874 . 3
kW/m 37 . 1 m 10 50 . 1 4
26
26
2
2
11
av
× =
× =
× = π P

(c) Express the intensity at the
surface of the Sun in terms of the
sun’s average power output and

2
av
4 r
P
I
π
=
Substitute numerical values (see
Appendix B for the radius of the
Sun) and evaluate I at the surface
of the Sun:

( )
2 7
2 7
2
8
26
W/m 10 36 . 6
W/m 10 363 . 6
m 10 96 . 6 4
W 10 874 . 3
× =
× =
×
×
=
π
I

terms of the intensity:

c
I
P =
r

Substitute numerical values and
evaluate P
r
:
Pa 212 . 0
m/s 10 998 . 2
W/m 10 363 . 6
8
2 7
r
=
×
×
= P

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55 ••• [SSM] A conductor in the shape of a long solid cylinder that has a
length L, a radius a, and a resistivity ρ carries a steady current I that is uniformly
distributed over its cross-section. (a) Use Ohm’s law to relate the electric field
E
r
in the conductor to I, ρ, and a. (b) Find the magnetic field B
r
just outside the
conductor. (c) Use the results from Part (a) and Part (b) to compute the Poynting
vector ( )
0
μ B E S
r r r
× = at r = a (the edge of the conductor). In what direction is
r
S ?
(d) Find the flux

dA S
n
through the surface of the cylinder, and use this flux to
show that the rate of energy flow into the conductor equals I
2
R, where R is the
resistance of the cylinder.

Picture the Problem A side view of the cylindrical conductor is shown in the
diagram. Let the current be to the right (in the +x direction) and choose a
coordinate system in which the +y direction is radially outward from the axis of
the conductor. Then the +z direction is tangent to cylindrical surfaces that are
concentric with the axis of the conductor (out of the plane of the diagram at the
location indicated in the diagram). We can use Ohm’s law to relate the electric
field strength E in the conductor to I, ρ, and a and Ampere’s law to find the
magnetic field strength B just outside the conductor. Knowing E
r
and B
r
we can
find S
r
and, using its normal component, show that the rate of energy flow into the
conductor equals I
2
R, where R is the resistance.

E

I
a
x
y
Axis of the conductor

B

(a) Apply Ohm’s law to the
cylindrical conductor to obtain:
EL L
a
I
A
L I
IR V = = = =
2
π
ρ ρ

where
2
a
I
E
π
ρ
= .

Because E
r
is in the same direction
as I:
i E
ˆ
2
a
I
π
ρ
=
r
where i
ˆ
is a unit vector
in the direction of the current.

(b) Applying Ampere’s law to a
circular path of radius a at the
surface of the cylindrical conductor
yields:

( ) I I a B d
C
0 enclosed 0
2 μ μ π = = = ⋅

l
r r
B

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Solve for the magnetic field strength
B to obtain:

a
I
B
π
μ
2
0
=

Apply a right-hand rule to determine
the direction of B
r
at the point of
interest shown in the diagram:

θ
π
μ
ˆ
2
0
a
I
= B
r
where
ˆ
θ is a unit vector
perpendicular to i
ˆ
and tangent to the
surface of the conducting cylinder.

(c) The Poynting vector is given
by:

B E S
r r r
× =
0
1
μ

Substitute for E
r
and B
r
and simplify
to obtain:
j
k i S
ˆ
2
ˆ
2
ˆ
1
3 2
2
0
2
0
a
I
a
I
a
I
π
ρ
π
μ
π
ρ
μ
− =

×

=
r

Letting rˆ be a unit vector directed
radially outward from the axis of the
cylindrical conductor yields.

r S ˆ
2
3 2
2
a
I
π
ρ
− =
r
where rˆ is a unit
from the axis of the conducting
cylinder.

(d) The flux through the surface of
the conductor into the conductor is:

( ) aL S dA S π 2
n

=
Substitute for S
n
, the inward
component of S
r
, and simplify to
obtain:

( )
2
2
3 2
2
n
2
2 a
L I
aL
a
I
dA S
π
ρ
π
π
ρ
= =

Because
2
a
L
A
L
R
π
ρ ρ
= = :

R I dA S
2
n

=
Remarks: The equality of the two flow rates is a statement of the
conservation of energy.

56 ••• A long solenoid that has n turns per unit length carries a current that
increases linearly with time. The solenoid has radius R, length L, and the current I
in the windings is given by I = at. (a) Find the induced electric field at a distance r
< R from the central axis of the solenoid. (b) Find the magnitude and direction of
the Poynting vector

r
S at r = R (just inside the solenoid windings). (c) Calculate
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893
the flux

dA S
n
into the region inside the solenoid, and show that this flux equals
the rate of increase of the magnetic energy inside the solenoid.

Picture the Problem An end view of the solenoid is shown in the diagram. Let
the current be clockwise and choose a coordinate system in which the +x direction
is tangent to cylindrical surfaces concentric with the axis of the solenoid. Note
that the +z direction is out of the plane of the diagram. We can use Faraday’s law
to express the induced electric field at a distance r < R from the solenoid axis in
terms of the rate of change of magnetic flux and at n B
0
μ = to express B
r
in terms
of the current in the windings of the solenoid. We can use the results of (a) to find
the Poynting vector S
r
at the cylindrical surface r = R just inside the solenoid
windings. In Part (c) we’ll use the definition of flux and the expression for the
magnetic energy in a given region to show that the flux of S
r
into the solenoid
equals the rate of increase of the magnetic energy inside the solenoid.
r
×
E

B

x
y
I
R
Axis of the
solenoid

(a) Apply Faraday’s law to a circular
path of radius r < R to relate the
magnitude of the induced electric
field to the magnitude of the rate of
change of the magnetic flux:

( )
dt
d
r E d
C
m
2
φ
π − = = ⋅

l
r r
E
Solving for E yields:
dt
d
r
E
m
2
1 φ
π
− = (1)

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Express the magnetic field strength
inside a long solenoid:

at n I n B
0 0
μ μ = =
The magnetic flux through a circle of

2
0 m
r at n BA π μ φ = =
Substitute for
m
φ in equation (1) and
simplify to obtain:
[ ]
2 2
1
0 2
0
r a n
r at n
dt
d
r
E
μ
π μ
π
− = − =

The direction of E
r
is such that it
produces an emf that opposes the
increase in the current, so if the
current is clockwise, then E
r
is in the
opposite direction and:

θ μ
ˆ
0 2
1
r a n − = E
r

where
ˆ
θ is a unit vector that is tangent
to the circles that are concentric with
the axis of the solenoid.
(b) Express S
r
at r = R:

B E S
r r r
× =
0
1
μ
(2)

The magnitude of B
r
is given by:
at n I n B
0 0
μ μ = =

Applying a right-hand rule yields:

( )k B
ˆ
0
at nμ − =
r

Substitute for E
r
and B
r
in equation
(2) and simplify to obtain:
( )
j
k i S
ˆ
2
ˆ ˆ
2
1
2
0
2
0
0
0
Rt a n
at n
r a n
μ
μ
μ
μ
− =
− × ⎟

− =
r

Because B E
r r
× is a vector that
points toward the axis of the
solenoid, we can also write S
r
as:

r S ˆ
2
0
2
2
1
Rt a n μ − =
r

where rˆ is a unit vector that points
of the solenoid.

(c) Consider a cylindrical surface of
length L and radius R. Because
S
r
points inward, the energy flowing
into the solenoid per unit time is:

t La R n
Rt a n
RL RLS dA S
2 2
0
2
2
0
2
n
2
2 2
μ π
μ
π π
=

= =

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895
Express the magnetic energy in the
solenoid:

( )
( )
( )
2
2
2
2 2 2
0
2
2
0
2
0
2
0
2
m
t La R n
L R
nat
L R
B
V u U
B
μ π
π
μ
μ
π
μ
=
=
= =

Evaluate dU
B
/dt:

= =

=
dA S t La R n
t La R n
dt
d
dt
dU
B
n
2 2
0
2
2 2 2
0
2
2
μ π
μ π

Remarks: The equality of the two flow rates is a statement of the
conservation of energy.

57 ••• Small particles are be blown out of the solar system by the radiation
pressure of sunlight. Assume that each particle is spherical, has a radius r, has a
density of 1.00 g/cm
3
, and absorbs all the radiation in a cross-sectional area of
πr
2
. Assume the particles are located at some distance d from the Sun, which has
a total power output of 3.83 × 10
26
W. (a) What is the critical value for the radius
r of the particle for which the radiation force of repulsion just balances the
gravitational force of attraction to the Sun? (b) Do particles that have radii larger
than the critical value get ejected from the solar system, or is it only particles that

Picture the Problem We can use a condition for translational equilibrium to
obtain an expression relating the forces due to gravity and radiation pressure that
act on the particles. We can express the force due to radiation pressure in terms of
the radiation pressure and the effective cross sectional area of the particles and the
radiation pressure in terms of the intensity of the solar radiation. We can solve the
resulting equation for r.

(a) Apply the condition for
translational equilibrium to the
particle:

0
g r
= − F F
or, since F
r
= P
r
A and F
g
= mg,
0
2
s
r
= −
R
m GM
A P (1)

r
depends on
the intensity of the radiation I:

c
I
P =
r

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896
The intensity of the solar radiation at
a distance R is:

2
4 R
P
I
π
=
Substitute for I to obtain:
c R
P
P
2 r

=

Substitute for P
r
, A, and m in
equation (1):

( ) 0
4
2
s
3
3
4
2
2
= −
R
GM r
r
c R
P ρ π
π
π

Solve for r to obtain:
s
16
3
GM c
P
r
ρ π
=

Substitute numerical values and evaluate r:

( )
( )( )( )( )
nm 574
kg 10 99 . 1 kg / m N 10 673 . 6 m/s 10 998 . 2 g/cm 00 . 1 16
W 10 83 . 3 3
30 2 2 11 8 3
26
=
× ⋅ × ×
×
=

π
r

(b) Because both the gravitational and radiation pressure forces decrease as the
square of the distance from the Sun, it is then a comparison of grain mass to grain
area. Since mass is proportional to volume and thus varies with the cube of the
radius, the larger grains have more mass and thus experience a stronger
and so particles smaller than that radius will be blown out.

58 ••• When an electromagnetic wave at normal incidence on a perfectly
conducting surface is reflected, the electric field of the reflected wave at the
reflecting surface is equal and opposite to the electric field of the incident wave at
the reflecting surface. (a) Explain why this assertion is valid. (b) Show that the
superposition of incident and reflected waves results in a standing wave. (c) Are
the magnetic fields of the incident waves and reflected waves at the reflecting

Picture the Problem
(a) At a perfectly conducting surface 0 = E
r
. Therefore, the sum of the electric
fields of the incident and reflected wave must add to zero, and so
r i
E E
r r
− = .

(b) Let the incident and reflected
waves be described by:

( ) kx t E E
y
− = ω cos
0 i

and
( ) kx t E E
y
+ − = ω cos
0 r

Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves

897

Use the trigonometric identity cos(α + β) = cosαcosβ − sinαsinβ to obtain:

( ) ( ) ( ) ( ) [ ]
( ) ( ) ( ) [ ]
[ ]
wave. standing a of equation the , sin sin 2
sin sin cos cos sin sin cos cos
sin sin cos cos sin sin cos cos
cos cos cos cos
0
0
0
0 0 0 r i
kx t E
kx t kx t kx t kx t E
kx t kx t kx t kx t E
kx t kx t E kx t E kx t E E E
y
y
y
y y y
ω
ω ω ω ω
ω ω ω ω
ω ω ω ω
=
+ − + =
+ − − − − =
+ − − = + − − = +

(c) Because S B E
r r r
0
μ = × and S
r
is in the direction of propagation of the wave, we
see that for the incident wave ( ) kx t B B
z
− = ω cos
i
. Since both S
r
and E
y
are
reversed for the reflected wave ( ) kx t B B
z r
+ = ω cos . So the magnetic field vectors
are in the direction at the reflecting surface and add at that surface.
Hence
r
B B
r r
2 = .

59 ••• [SSM] An intense point source of light radiates 1.00 MW
isotropically (uniformly in all directions). The source is located 1.00 m above an
infinite, perfectly reflecting plane. Determine the force that the radiation pressure
exerts on the plane.

Picture the Problem Let the point source be a distance a above the plane.
Consider a ring of radius r and thickness dr in the plane and centered at the point
directly below the light source. Express the force on this elemental ring and
integrate the resulting expression to obtain F.

The intensity anywhere along this
infinitesimal ring is given by:

( )
2 2
4 a r
P
+ π

The elemental force dF on the
elemental ring of area 2π rdr is given
by:

( )
( )
2 3
2 2
2 2
2 2
a r c
Pardr
a r
a
a r c
rdr P
dF
+
=
+
+
=

where we have taken into account that
only the normal component of the
force on the plane, and that the plane is
a perfectly reflecting plane.

Integrate dF from r = 0 to r = ∞:

( )

+
=
0
2 3
2 2
a r
rdr
c
Pa
F
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898
From integral tables:
( )
a
a r a r
rdr 1 1
0
2 2
0
2 3
2 2
=

+

=
+

Substitute to obtain:
c
P
a c
Pa
F =

=
1

Substitute numerical values and
evaluate F:
mN 34 . 3
m/s 10 998 . 2
MW 00 . 1
8
=
×
= F