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Homework Help: Magnetism and gravity?

  1. Oct 13, 2004 #1
    Hello all,
    My physics group is planning an experiment that involes the effects of magnets on fluid dynamiscs in a weighless enviroment. Unfortunately, we, and our advisor, are unsure if gravity has any effect upon a magnetic feild. Anybody know?
    thanks
     
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  3. Oct 14, 2004 #2
    If you are asking does gravity affect the magnitude and direction of a magnetic field as decribed by classical equations, then strictly speaking, I believe it does. BUT this would only be in cases of very high gravitational fields (like near black holes, etc...).

    But on the earth, I would not expect any measurable effect.
     
  4. Oct 14, 2004 #3

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    In terms of classical equations there would be no effect at all. In general relativity there is (gravity bends light and light is, after all, electromagnatism).
     
  5. Oct 14, 2004 #4
    What he said. :smile: I kludged my words.
     
  6. Oct 14, 2004 #5
    thanks all, i kind of figured for any measureable effect to occur, things would have to be a much much larger scale.
     
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