Electricity and Magnetism: Maxwell’s Equations

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Electricity and Magnetism: Maxwell’s Equations

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Electricity and Magnetism: Maxwell’s Equations
The course Electricity and Magnetism: Maxwell’s Equations is an online class provided by Massachusetts Institute of Technology through edX. The skill level of the course is Intermediate. It may be possible to receive a verified certification or use the course to prepare for a degree.

In this final part of 8.02, we will cover Faraday’s Law, Circuits with Inductors, Maxwell’s equations, and electromagnetic radiation. This introductory Electromagnetism physics course will require the use of calculus.

Course description

Electricity and Magnetism dominate much of the world around us – from the most fundamental processes in nature to cutting edge electronic devices. Electric and Magnet fields arise from charged particles. Charged particles also feel forces in electric and magnetic fields. Maxwell’s equations, in addition to describing this behavior, also describe electromagnetic radiation. In this course, we finish up this introduction to Electricity and Magnetism. We begin by thinking about magnetic fields that change in time, working through Faraday’s Law and Inductors in Circuits. With the addition of Displacement Current, we complete Maxwell’s Equations. We finish the course by exploring the solution to Maxwell’s equations in free space – electromagnetic radiation. This is the last course in a series of courses based on an MIT course: 8.02, Electricity and Magnetism, a required introductory physics class for all MIT undergraduates. 8.02.1x: Electricity and Magnetism: Electrostatics 8.02.2x: Electricity and Magnetism: Magnetic Fields and Forces 8.02.3x :Electricity and Magnetism: Maxwell’s Equations

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Electricity and Magnetism: Maxwell’s Equations

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Online, self-paced (see curriculum for more information)



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Electricity and Magnetism: Maxwell’s Equations

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School: MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Topic: Physics