What is Electromagnetics: Definition and 150 Discussions

Electromagnetism is a branch of physics involving the study of the electromagnetic force, a type of physical interaction that occurs between electrically charged particles. The electromagnetic force is carried by electromagnetic fields composed of electric fields and magnetic fields, and it is responsible for electromagnetic radiation such as light. It is one of the four fundamental interactions (commonly called forces) in nature, together with the strong interaction, the weak interaction, and gravitation. At high energy, the weak force and electromagnetic force are unified as a single electroweak force.

Electromagnetic phenomena are defined in terms of the electromagnetic force, sometimes called the Lorentz force, which includes both electricity and magnetism as different manifestations of the same phenomenon. The electromagnetic force plays a major role in determining the internal properties of most objects encountered in daily life. The electromagnetic attraction between atomic nuclei and their orbital electrons holds atoms together. Electromagnetic forces are responsible for the chemical bonds between atoms which create molecules, and intermolecular forces. The electromagnetic force governs all chemical processes, which arise from interactions between the electrons of neighboring atoms. Electromagnetism is very widely used in modern technology, and electromagnetic theory is the basis of electric power engineering and electronics including digital technology.
There are numerous mathematical descriptions of the electromagnetic field. Most prominently, Maxwell's equations describe how electric and magnetic fields are generated and altered by each other and by charges and currents.
The theoretical implications of electromagnetism, particularly the establishment of the speed of light based on properties of the "medium" of propagation (permeability and permittivity), led to the development of special relativity by Albert Einstein in 1905.

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  1. jmheer

    I When do classical mechanics and electromagnetics stop working?

    I've heard that classical mechanics and electromagnetics are not applicable at small sizes in particle physics. 1) At what size and energy levels are they no longer considered to be applicable at all? 2) What range of size and energy levels could be considered a "transition" area where both...
  2. bigmike94

    Prerequisites for Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics by Fawwaz T. Ulaby

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  3. samy4408

    I Question about electromagnetics (waves and particles)

    I saw that we can talk about the light as particles (photons ) or as an electromagnetic wave , the question is that do we represent other electromagnetic waves (like microwaves or radio waves ) as particles (like we do with light ) ?
  4. T

    I Help with electromagnetics: the Poynting Vector and Ampere contradiction

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  5. larginal

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    I tried to solve this problem on my own, but I'm not sure whether I solved correctly or not. it is electromagnetics homework from my Uni, and it is pretty tough for me. I attached the image of the problem and how I tried to solve this one. I hope somebody will give some feedback.
  6. e0ne199

    Engineering Need help about the magnetic field near an infinite current sheet

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  7. K

    Classical Best undergraduate electromagnetics textbook

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  8. F

    Fresh air (vacuum) as media for electromagnetics, can it have losses?

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  9. Narayanan KR

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  10. tworitdash

    A Maximum reception/transmission criteria for Conical Horn Antennas

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  11. tworitdash

    A Spectral domain double integral with singularities

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  12. D

    Exploring the Interaction of Magnetic and Electric Fields

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  13. Amartansh

    I Intuition behind fields in Transmission lines

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  14. tworitdash

    A Waveguide Junction TM/TE combination

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  15. tworitdash

    A Integration of Bessel's functions

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  16. M

    Electromagnetics question - magnetic field and electrolysis

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  17. I

    How to find the Braking Torque of an Eddy Current Braking Setup?

    Homework Statement: Finding the braking torque applied on a moving disk as a result of the Eddy Currents Homework Equations: $$F = \sigma v V B^2$$ So right, Basically my problem is how to find the torque exerted by an eddy current braking setup. My setup consists of a disk rotating on an...
  18. S

    How to measure electric and magnetic fields in asymmetric capacitors?

    Summary: I need to build an asymmetric capacitor, but the mathematics of electromagnetics become too tough, do you have any info that can help? Appreciate it! Hello, I am an undergraduate student in engineering and I want to build an asymmetric capacitor, so I need electromagnetics which I...
  19. A

    Need a help at computational electromagnetics

    Hi dears I study numerical electromagnetics , especially FDTD method , i reached to the point at where i introduce my sources then i get an understanding problem .. at this method ( as in the attached photo ) the electric field is defined at time (t) and magnetic field at (t+dt/2) and there is...
  20. K

    Changing Acceleration in an Electromagnetics question

    Homework Statement Hello. I'm stuck on some question, will glad if you can give me a little hint. The problem is this: A charge -q is located at the distance 's' above a plane, which charged in a positive charge density for area unit σ > 0 . There is a sphere with the radius R charged on a...
  21. O

    E-field generated by constant current in a circular loop

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  22. M

    Solving 2D FEM Error with Maxwell Version 17

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  23. B

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  24. wirefree

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  25. B

    Induction via Infinite sheet of Current

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  26. A

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    I am a Graduate student in Electrical Engineering. I have to work on Electromagnetic, Dielectric, Magnetic field and Polarization for my project. But my problem is I do not have a good background in this course. Now, I really need it in graduate level. My question is, can you guys introduce me a...
  27. B

    How do changing magnetic fields affect the speed of motors?

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  28. lonelypancreas

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  29. N

    Voltage across switch in LR circuit as switch is opened?

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  30. J

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  31. P

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  32. N

    Help with basical electromagnetics

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  33. K

    [electromagnetics] Lorentz Gauge

    I am trying to derive the potential based Lorentz gauge, but I am not sure if I am on the right track. Why the second partial derivative of vector potential must be 0? Please correct me where I got this wrong.
  34. Captain1024

    Electromagnetics: Plane Wave Propagation, Unknown Medium

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  35. Y

    Master's in Electromagnetics for Biomedical Devices?

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  36. R

    (Simple Electromagnetics) A charge placed between 2 charges

    Homework Statement A charge (q) is placed in-between two other equal charges named Q. Q-----q-----Q a) If both Q's are positive, is charge q in equilibrium? If yes, is it a stable or unstable equilibrium? b) What about if one Q is negative while the other is...
  37. K

    Electromagnetics: Non-Symetrical coil with external iron

    Hello, and thanks for looking at my question. For starters, this is NOT a homework question, or a question I will receive any credit for except maybe a "hey, cool". The level of difficulty is roughly a junior-year Electromagnetics class homework quesiton, I suppose? My Question is rather...
  38. K

    [Electromagnetics] Dielectric boundary condition

    http://local.eleceng.uct.ac.za/courses/EEE3055F/lecture_notes/2011_old/eee3055f_Ch4_2up.pdf [Broken] (Page 4.4 )I am having a trouble with understanding why closed loop line integration is 0 at dielectric boundary. As far as I know, closed loop line integration is 0 because electric field is...
  39. J

    When can I use Helmholtz equation for electromagnetics

    The complete Maxwell wave equation for electromagnetic field using the double curl operator "∇×∇×". Only when the transverse condition is hold, this operator can equal to the Laplace operator and form the helmholtz. My question is what's the condition can we use the helmoltz equation instead of...
  40. K

    [Electromagnetics] Divergence of Current density

    eq.1 eq2. eq.3 eq.4Hello, I have a question about eq.4 If we find the closed surface flux integral of J, would it be current?
  41. G

    Signals and Systems + Electromagnetics classes

    Hi All, I am a EE student and thinking about doing the following classes in Spring 16 - Signals & Systems + Electromagnetic + Physics 3. Any suggestions is Emag and Signal and systems very hard?, what Math do you need? (Dif Eq) Is it a bad a idea taking these classes at the same time...
  42. K

    How to correctly identify r and r' in electromagnetics

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  43. JasonHathaway

    Electromagnetics: Moving loop in a static magnetic field

    Homework Statement A conducting square loop (L × L) moving with velocity vo ay m/s where the magnetic flux density is B=Bo ax Wb/m2 in 0 < y < 2L, and is equal to zero when 0 > y and y > L. Determine the current in the loop and plot its magnitude as a function in the loop's position in the...
  44. E

    Current flowing through a loop due to an infinite wire

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  45. J

    Classical Cheng's or Lorrain/Corson's Electromagnetics book?

    Hello, I want a book on electromagnetics for my second course on electromagnetism. In my first course we used Griffith's "Introduction to Electrodynamics" with supplements like Morin and Purcell's "Electricity and Magnetism". I borrowed those from the university's library but now I want to step...
  46. ToonBlue

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    Does anyone know any good lecture material online that I can learn this concept on Maxwell? It would be good if there is a video webcast on this concept. I am having some problem understanding this chapter.
  47. M

    Need help understanding electromagnetics and relativity

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  48. darida

    Electromagnetics in Spherical Symmetric Problem

    In a spherical symmetric problem the only nonzero components of the electric and the magnetic field are Er and Br Why?
  49. P

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