The force on a single dipole (dipole moment m) can be obtained by taking the gradient of its energy, i.e.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

[tex]\vec{F} = \nabla (\vec{m} \cdot \vec{B})[/tex]

One also often encounters for the energy of a magnetized material

[tex]-\mu_0 \vec{M}\cdot \vec{H}[/tex]

And often the force on a material with magnetization M is written

[tex] \vec{F}=\mu_0 M \nabla H[/tex]

why the replacement of B with H? Does it have something to do with the fact that part of B is producedby the magnetization (B=mu_0(H+M)) and the material can't excert a force on itself?? Or does one necessarily have to dive into the derivations to get an idea why?

Any intuitive thoughts?

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# Force magnetized fluid

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