Electromagnetism Articles


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Are Electromagnetic Waves Always Transverse?

In this insight we shall endeavor in the realm of classical electrodynamics and examine whether EM waves are always transverse. We shall make use of Jefimenko's…

How to Recognize Split Electric Fields

Introduction In a previous Insight, A New Interpretation of Dr. Walter Lewin’s Paradox, I introduced the fact that there are two kinds of E fields. …
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Relativistic Treatment of the DC Conducting Straight Wire

Introduction The direct-current-conducting infinitely long wire is often discussed in the context of relativistic electrodynamics. It is of course a completely…
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Maxwell's Equations in Magnetostatics and Solving with the Curl Operator

Introduction: Maxwell's equation in differential form ## \nabla \times \vec{B}=\mu_o \vec{J}_{total}+\mu_o \epsilon_o \dot{\vec{E}}  ##  with ## \dot{\vec{E}}=0…
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What is the Double Slit? A 5 Minute Introduction

Definition/Summary The double slit is a simple configuration used to demonstrate interference effects in waves.Equations At distances that are…
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Are Magnetic Field Lines Real?

We recently had a question in the relativity forums that mentioned the behavior of magnetic field lines, and reminded me of my own confusion at school…
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A New Interpretation of Dr. Walter Lewin's Paradox

Much has lately been said regarding this paradox which first appeared in one of W. Lewin's MIT lecture series on ##{YouTube}^{(1)}##.  This lecture was…

Permanent Magnets Explained by Magnetic Surface Currents

Introduction: The purpose of this Insight is to explain permanent magnets in a way that is in agreement with advanced textbooks on the subject, and that…

Acoustic 'beats' from Mismatched Musical Frequencies

In late high school physics courses and first year university courses, the phenomenon of acoustical 'beats' is often covered. This is an interesting phenomenon,…

Energy Gained by Charge in an Electrostatic Field

I have seen this question being asked frequently on here. A lot of students have a bit of an issue in understanding why, if an electron is placed in a…
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Misconceiving Mutual Inductance Coefficients

 A commonly used formula for mutual inductance M between two nearby coils L1 and L2 is M = k√(L1*L2). This formula however assumes equal percentage…