Third law reaction question

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bstruss
I have attached a drawing that depicts the situation of two electromagetic coils in space seperated by a vast distance. It seems to me that in this case there would be a magnetic action force on the right coil but no reaction on the left coil. I'm probably missing something here but I would appreciate any pointers on what that might be. If the description or graphic is unclear, please let me know.

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Thomas
Newton's third law (in fact, the force concept as such) only holds if the propagation speed of the interaction is infinite. I have examined a similar problem (a retarded interaction when the objects are moving relatively to each other) on my webpage http://www.physicsmyths.org.uk/retard.htm.
 
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Alexander
Thomas, may be you need to use Lorents transformations (instead of Galilean) between systems?
 

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