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By Daniel Fleisch

ISBN-10: 0511393083

ISBN-13: 9780511393082

Gauss's legislations for electrical fields, Gauss's legislation for magnetic fields, Faraday's legislation, and the Ampere-Maxwell legislations are 4 of the main influential equations in technology. during this advisor for college students, every one equation is the topic of a whole bankruptcy, with precise, plain-language reasons of the actual which means of every image within the equation, for either the essential and differential kinds. the ultimate bankruptcy indicates how Maxwell's equations could be mixed to provide the wave equation, the foundation for the electromagnetic idea of sunshine. This e-book is an excellent source for undergraduate and graduate classes in electromagnetism and electromagnetics. an internet site hosted by means of the writer at www.cambridge.org/9780521701471 comprises interactive ideas to each challenge within the textual content in addition to audio podcasts to stroll scholars via every one bankruptcy.

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The next section shows you how to use this principle to solve problems involving closed surfaces and the magnetic field. 50 A Student’s guide to Maxwell’s Equations H S ~ B  ^n da ¼ 0 Applying Gauss’s law (integral form) In situations involving complex surfaces and fields, finding the flux by integrating the normal component of the magnetic field over a specified surface can be quite difficult. In such cases, knowing that the total magnetic flux through a closed surface must be zero may allow you to simplify the problem, as demonstrated by the following examples.

One more note about permittivity; as you’ll see in Chapter 5, the permittivity of a medium is a fundamental parameter in determining the speed with which an electromagnetic wave propagates through that medium. 20 A student’s guide to Maxwell’s Equations H ~^ n da ¼ qenc =e0 Applying Gauss’s law (integral form) sE A good test of your understanding of an equation like Gauss’s law is whether you’re able to solve problems by applying it to relevant situations. At this point, you should be convinced that Gauss’s law relates the electric flux through a closed surface to the charge enclosed by that surface.

Thus the inward (negative) magnetic flux must be exactly balanced by the outward (positive) magnetic flux. Since many of the symbols in Gauss’s law for magnetic fields are the same as those covered in the previous chapter, in this chapter you’ll find only those symbols peculiar to this law. Here’s an expanded view: Reminder that the magnetic field is a vector Reminder that this integral is over a closed surface Dot product tells you to find the part of B parallel to nˆ (perpendicular to the surface) ∫B S The unit vector normal to the surface nˆ da = 0 The magnetic field in Teslas An increment of surface area in m2 Reminder that this is a surface integral (not a volume or a line integral) Tells you to sum up the contributions from each portion of the surface Gauss’s law for magnetic fields arises directly from the lack of isolated magnetic poles (‘‘magnetic monopoles’’) in nature.

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