Maxwell’s Equations

  • Nathan Ida


Most students in engineering and science have heard the term “Maxwell’s equations” and some may also have heard that Maxwell’s equations “describe all electromagnetic phenomena.” However, it is not always clear what exactly do we mean by these equations. How are they any different from what we have studied in the previous chapters? We recall discussing static and time-dependent fields and in the process, discussed many applications. To do so, we used the definitions of the curl and divergence of the electric and magnetic fields: what we called “the postulates.” Are Maxwell’s equations different? Do they add anything to the previously described phenomena? Perhaps the best question to ask is the following: Is there any other electromagnetic phenomenon that was not discussed in the previous chapters because the definitions we used were not sufficient to do so? If so, do Maxwell’s equations define these yet unknown properties of the electromagnetic field? The answer to the latter is emphatically yes.


Field Intensity Scalar Potential Interface Condition Electric Field Intensity Magnetic Field Intensity 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nathan Ida
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  1. 1.Department of Electrical EngineeringThe University of AkronAkronUSA

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