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How to derive Maxwell stress-energy tensor

  1. Sep 17, 2014 #1
    The problem statement is:

    Assuming that we are in vacuum, and that the only work done between mechanical systems and
    electricity and magnetism comes from the Lorentz force, give a full, relativistic derivation of the
    Maxwell stress-energy tensor.
     
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  3. Sep 17, 2014 #2

    ZetaOfThree

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    Can you show us what you know and what you've done so far?
     
  4. Sep 17, 2014 #3
    @ZetaOfThree

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    i know the answer should be this

    But the question is "how to derive that", our class have finished Griffiths Electrodynamics chapter 12 (relativity in electrodynamics) and now doing chapter 8 (conservation law). I really don't know where to get started.

    @ZetaOfThree
     
  5. Sep 17, 2014 #4

    ZetaOfThree

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    Well, my hint to you would be read the chapter... there you'll find a lot of help.
     
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