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Stern-Gerlach experiment

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stern-Gerlach
In the Stern-Gerlach experiment, is there a reason why the upper magnet is wedge-shaped and not flat?


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OK. Maybe that is a silly question. Now that I think about it, the wedge-shape of the upper magnet is the entire point of the experiment because it creates the inhomogenous magnetic field.
 
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Exactly!
 
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But why, exactly, was it posted under "Calculus" rather than physics?
 
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Good point! I didn't even notice that. (I'll move it.)
 

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