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Electromagnetic Fields and Energy (Spring 2008, MIT OCW). Instructors: Hermann A. Haus, James R. Melcher, Markus Zahn, and Manuel L. Silva. Published in 1989 by Prentice-Hall, this book is a useful resource for educators and self-learners alike.

The text is aimed at those who have seen Maxwell's equations in integral and differential form and who have been exposed to some integral theorems and differential operators. A hypertext version of this textbook can be found here. An accompanying set of video demonstrations is available below.

These video demonstrations convey electromagnetism concepts. The demonstrations are related to topics covered in the textbook. They were prepared by Markus Zahn, James R. Melcher, and Manuel L. Silva and were produced by the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The purpose of these demonstrations is to make mathematical analysis of electromagnetism take on physical meaning. Based on relatively simple configurations and arrangements of equipment, they make a direct connection between what has been analytically derived and what is observed. They permit the student to observe physically what has been described symbolically. Often presented with a plot of theoretical predictions that are compared to measured data, these demonstrations give the opportunity to test the range of validity of the theory and present a quantitative approach to dealing with the physical world. (from ocw.mit.edu)

Course Curriculum

  • 01. Coulomb’s Force Law and Measurements of Charge (Demo) Unlimited
  • 02. Magnetic Field of a Line Current (Demo) Unlimited
  • 03. Voltmeter Reading Induced by Magnetic Induction (Demo) Unlimited
  • 04. Charge Induced in Ground Plane by Overhead Conductor (Demo) Unlimited
  • 05. Capacitance Attenuator (Demo) Unlimited
  • 06. An Artificial Dielectric (Demo) Unlimited
  • 07. Distribution of Unpaired Charge (Demo) Unlimited
  • 08. Rotation of an Insulating Rod in a Steady Current (Demo) Unlimited
  • 09. Relaxation of Charge on Particle in Ohmic Conductor (Demo) Unlimited
  • 10. Electrostatic Precipitation (Demo) Unlimited
  • 11. Field of a Circular Cylindrical Solenoid (Demo) Unlimited
  • 12. Field of Square Pair of Coils (Demo) Unlimited
  • 13. Surface Used to Define the Flux Linkage (Demo) Unlimited
  • 14. Field and Inductance of a Spherical Coil (Demo) Unlimited
  • 15. Surface Currents Induced in Ground Plane by Overhead Conductor (Demo) Unlimited
  • 16. Inductive Attenuator (Demo) Unlimited
  • 17. Measurement of B-H Characteristic (Demo) Unlimited
  • 18. Nonuniqueness of Voltage in a Magnetoquasistatic (MQS) System (Demo) Unlimited
  • 19. Edgerton’s Boomer (Demo) Unlimited
  • 20. Currents Induced in a Conducting Shell (Demo) Unlimited
  • 21. Skin Effect (Demo) Unlimited
  • 22. Force on a Liquid Dielectric (Demo) Unlimited
  • 23. Steady State Magnetic Levitation (Demo) Unlimited
  • 24. Visualization of Standing Waves (Demo) Unlimited

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