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When are Maxwell Equations Generally Used?

  1. Jul 16, 2011 #1
    See Subject. What engineering tasks do they regularly get used? Building high-frequency components, antennas?
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  3. Jul 17, 2011 #2
  4. Jul 17, 2011 #3
    I imagine Transformers, coils in a car , solenoids, sub stations. Electric motors. alternators, And there are lots more. Microphones, speakers any circuit or things that have to do with current or charge.
  5. Jul 17, 2011 #4
    I would think for many purposes that common electrical laws would do just fine, Ohm's Law, Thevenin's and Norton's Laws. This is another way, perhaps, of recognizing the boundary between conventional laws and Maxwell's equations. I think his equations embody simpler notions, but using them there would be a waste. I'm thinking of something analogous to general relativity and Newton's laws.
  6. Jul 17, 2011 #5
    You're right. Even in antenna design you more often use the free-space Green's function for radiation than Maxwell's equations directly. But you do use them directly especially when working in any material media.

    In transformer design you have equations in the can that are based on or derived from Maxwell's equations but are easier to use.

    The modern 3D software that analyzes any of these things numerically always solves Maxwell's equations but of course it's all under the hood.
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