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Working from electromagnetism to circuit theory

  1. Apr 1, 2005 #1


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    Are there ways to use/reduce electromagnetic theory to understand circuit theory better? ie use circuit theory as a special case of em theory? if so can you suggest books which do it this way?
    basically my idea is to look at any circuit from the general point of view - using the physics of em theory and the equations first ( and then reduce it to Kirchoff and other laws later on and see the correlation).
    Thank you.
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  3. Apr 1, 2005 #2
    Things like kirchoff's rules pretty much apply straight from energy conservation laws.
  4. Apr 1, 2005 #3


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    Check out the Berkley course on physics,the volume on electromagnetism,as well as the second volume of Feynman's lectures.I think i've seen Maxwell eqn-s------>Ohm & Kirchhoff's laws deduction.

  5. Apr 1, 2005 #4


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    Thank you for the information.
  6. Apr 1, 2005 #5


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    If I understand you correctly, you'll find that EEs do this sort of stuff in antenna theory, with wave guides, and so on.
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