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  • \( \phi \), \(\; V \)  -  absolute electric potential
  • \( \epsilon \)  -  absolute permittivity
  • \( \left( P \right) \)  -  AC average power
  • \( Z \)  -  AC electrical impedance
  • \( l_o \)  -  AC peak current
  • \( V_o \)  -  AC peak voltage
  • \( C \)  -  capacitance
  • \( V_c \)  -  capacitive load voltage
  • \( X_c \)  -  capacitive reactance
  • \( G \)  -  conductance
  • \( J_c \)  -  convection current density
  • \( T_c \)  -  capacitive time constant
  • \( J_d \)  -  displacement current density
  • \( Q \)  -  electric charge
  • \( I \)  -  electric current
  • \( J \)  -  electric current density
  • \( P \)  -  electric dipole moment
  • \( D \)  -  electric displacement field
  • \( \phi_d \)  -  electric displacement flux
  • \( E \)  -  electric field
  • \( \phi_e \)  -  electric flux
  • \( P \)  -  electric power
  • \( EMF \)  -  electromagnetic field
  • \( Hz \), \(\; f \)  -  frequency
  • \( Y \)  -  gyromagnetic ratio
  • \( Z \)  -  impedance
  • \( L \), \(\; H \)  -  inductance
  • \( V_l \)  -  inductive load voltage
  • \( X_l \)  -  inductive reactance
  • \( T_l \)  -  inductive time constant
  • \( H \)  -  intensity of magnetic field
  • \( E \)  -  intensity of electric field
  • \( g \), \(\; p \)  -  magnetic charge
  • \( B \)  -  magnetic field
  • \( \phi_b \)  -  magnetic flux
  • \( T \)  -  magnetic induction
  • \( \mu \)  -  magnetic permeability
  • \( A \)  -  magnetic potential
  • \( M \)  -  magnetization
  • \( MMF \)  -  magnetomotive force
  • \( M \)  -  mutual inductance
  • \( Op Amp \)  -  operational amplifier
  • \( \delta \), \(\; \phi \)  -  phase constant
  • \( P \)  -  polarization density
  • \( TCR \), \(\; RTC \)  -  temperature coefficient of resistance
  • \( R \), \(\; \Omega\)  -  resistance
  • \( V_r \)  -  resistive load voltage
  • \( L \)  -  self inductance
  • \( VCR \)  -  voltage coefficient of resistance
  • \( VD \)  -  voltage drop


Electromagnetism Glossary


  • Air gap  -  Distance between two surfaces that engage in magnetic action.
  • Anisotropic  -  A type of magnet which is able to cary a higher amount of magnetisation.
  • Antiferromagnetic element  -  A type of magnetism that exist at lower temperatures and disappears at and above a certain temperature.



  • Centimeter. Grams, Second (C.G.S.)  -  Also called gaussian units.   A system of measurement used mostly in magnetism.
  • Closed circuit condition  -  Exists when the external flux path of a permanent magnet is confined within high permability material.
  • Coercive force  -  The opposing magnetic intensity that must be applied to a magnetized material to remove the residual magnetism.
  • Coercivity  -  The resistance of a magnetic material to demagnetization.
  • Curie temperature  -  When a material fails to be magnetic.
  • Current  -  The rate of flow of electricity in a circuit, measured in amperes.


  • Demagnetized  -  A material condition where a ringing AC field has reduced the remanent induction to or near wero.
  • Diamagnetism element  -  A type of magnetism with a very weak magnetic field that will repelled when in the presence of another magnetic field.


  • Electric field  -  An invisible space around a charged particle where an electric force is exerted on other charged particles.
  • Electrical generator  -  Converts mechanical energy to electrical energy.
  • Electricity  - A build-up of energy or flow of electrons.
  • Energy  -  It is never created or destroyed First Law of Thermodynamics, but it can be transferred from one object to another.


  • Ferrite  -  A range of ceramic materials which all have magnetic ability.
  • Ferromagnetism element  -  A type of magnetism that forms a strong magnetic field and remains magnetized after the presence of another magnetic field has been removed.
  • Ferrous metal  -  Mostly contain iron.  Since they contain small amounts of metals or added elements they are magnetic and corrode, something non-ferrous metals do not.
  • Field  -  An invisible space around a charged particle where an electric force is exerted on other charged particles.
  • Flux  -  The number of magnetic lines of force.
  • Flux density  -  The number of lines of magnetism in each square centimeter of pole area.


  • Gauss  -  Unit of measure of the magnetic induction.
  • Gaussmeter  -  A device that measures magnetic flux.
  • Generator  -  A mechanical device that produces electrical energy from mechanical energy.
  • Gilbert  -  Unit of measure of magneto motive force.


  • Impedance  -  The total effects of a circuit that opposes the flow of an ac current consisting of capacitance, inductance, and resistance.
  • Inductance  -  The measure of an electric conductor or circuit by which an electromotive force is induced in it.
  • Induction  -  Magnetic flux per unit area of a section normal to the direction of flux.
  • Inductor  -  An energy storage device which stores energy in the form of a magnetic field.
  • Irreversible loss  -  Correspondsto the irreversible changes that take place when a magnet is demagnetized partially or completely because of exposure to high or low temperatures. or because of other factors such as external demagnetization fields.
  • Insulator  -  Prevents the free flow of electrons, and therefore does not let current flow through them.
  • Isotropic  -  A magnet without a preferred direction of magnetization.


  • Joule’s law  -  Is about the amount of heat (energy) delivered to something.


  • Keeper  -  A type of steel which protects the magnetic area around a type of magnet, and is often used when a magnet is being transported, or stored.


  • Leakage flux  -  Does not follow the intended magnetic circuit path.


  • Magnet  -  An object made of certain materials which create a magnetic field.
  • Magnetic circuit  -  The combination of magnet, permeable flux carriers and air gaps through or around which the magnetic flux path passes.
  • Magnetic conditioner  -  A piece of equipment which demagnetises magnets in a slow and controlled manner.
  • Magnetic constant  -  Also called vacuum permability, and magnetic vacuum permability, a physical constant.
  • Magnetic energy  -  The energy within a magnetic field.
  • Magnetic field  -  Magnetic fields never cross, never start or stop, where the field is strongest lines bunch togeather and can be seen clearly seen in the real world.
  • Magnetic flux  -  The number of magnetic field lines passing through a given closed surface.
  • Magnetic path  -  The route magnetic flux follows in a magnetic circuit.
  • Magnetic permeability  -  The ability of a material to produce a magnetic field, that is to concentrate the magnetic flux lines and thus to increase the value of magnetic induction.
  • Magnetic pole  -  An area where the lines of flux are concentrated.
  • Magnetic switch  -  Depending on the switch configuration for on and off, the switch is activated when the magnetic field is detected.
  • Magnetite  -  A black igneous, non-containing mineral with magnetic properties.
  • Maxwell  - Unit of measure of magnetic flux.
  • Motor  -  Converts the electric energy to mechanical energy.
  • Mu-metal  - A magnet which is made of nickel and iron primarily.
  • Multipole  - A magnet which has in excess of two poles.


  • North pole  -  A magnetic pole of a magnet which is attached to a geogtaphic north pole if the earth.


  • Oersted  -  Unit of measure of the magnetization field.
  • Ohm's Law  -  The relationships between power \((P)\), voltage \((V)\), current \((I)\), and resistance \((R)\).
  • Open magnetic circuit  -  A circuit where a portion of the magnetic flux path is closed by air.


  • Paramagnetism element  -  A type of magnetism with a very weak magnetic field that will only happen when in the presence of another magnetic field.
  • Permeability  -  The extent to which a material is able to acquire magnetization in a magnetic field.
  • Polarity  -  A particular pole at a particular location of a permanent magnet.
  • Pole  -  An area where the lines of flux are concentrated.
  • Power  -  The rate of doing work and is measured by the amount of foot pounds of work done in a particular unit of time.



  • Reluctance  -  A measure of the relative resistance of a material to the passage of flux.
  • Residual magnetism  -  The magnetism remaining in a substance after the magnetizing force has been removed.
  • Resistance  -  The ability to resist or prevent the flow of current. In order to overcome the resistance and get the current to flow a higher voltage will be required.
  • Resistor  -  Resist the flow of electricity.
  • Return path  -  Conduction elements in a magnetic circuit which provides a low reluctance path for a magnetic flux.
  • Right-hand rule  -  When current is flowing through a wire, the magnetic field rotates around the wire.  The direction of the current determines the direction of the magnetic field.


  • Search coil  -  A wire coil which makes up part of a fluxmeter, acting as a transducer.
  • South pole  -  A magnetic pole of a magnet which is attached to a geogtaphic south pole if the earth.
  • Static electricity  -  The build up of an electric charge on the surface of an object.
  • Surface field  -  The magnetic field strength at the surface of the magnet as measured by a gauss meter.
  • Switch  -  A device that opens and closes electrical circuit.


  • Temperature coefficient  -  The change in magnetic properties depending on temperature change.
  • Temperature stabilization  -  After manufacture, many types of hard and soft magnetic materials can be thermally cycled to make them less sensitive to subsequent temperature extremes.
  • Temporary magnet  -  A magnet that is made of a material that does not allow it to hold its magnetism permanently.
  • Tesia  -  Unit of measure of the magnetic flux density.
  • Thermal demagnetization  -  When a magnet is exposed to too much heat and it becomes demagnetised and therefore damaged.
  • Transducer  -  A voltage output device used for convert energy to another form.
  • Transformer  -  A device that uses electromagnetism to convert one current to another current.



  • Vane  - A piece of equipment which works as a target, a blocking between the magnetic field between sensor and the actual magnet itself. 
  • Volt  -  A unit of electrical pressure.  One volt is the amount of pressure that will cause one ampere of current in one ohm of resistance.
  • Voltage drop  -  The electricity between the meter and where it is be used.  It is basically impossible to have no voltage loss.


  • Weber  -  Unit of measure of the total magnetic flux.






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