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Comparing Group theory and Electromagnetism

  1. Apr 1, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Good afternoon,

    How can you mathematicaly talk about how how group theory compares to electromagnetism.

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    e^iθ=Cosθ+iSinθ

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that the above formula is because of a sin wave and a cosine wave. Put them together and you get a certain pattern. That corresponds to group theory but I really dont know too much else about it.

    Thank you
     
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  3. Apr 2, 2015 #2

    Orodruin

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    I am sorry, but your entire question seems quite badly defined. Group theory is an important tool when dealing with electromagnetism or other physical theories, but it is unclear how you think they would be "compared" - one is a mathematical construct and tool while the other is a physics model.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2015 #3
    Well our teacher asked us the question, I can post some more details a little later.

    Also you said that Group theory is an important tool when dealing with electromagnetism, why?
     
  5. Apr 2, 2015 #4

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    Group theory is an important tool in most of theoretical physics of today. For electromagnetism, it is a gauge theory based on the symmetry group U(1). This probably does not mean much to you at present, but will be fundamental if you go on to study more advanced physics.
     
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