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6.641 Electromagnetic Fields, Forces, and Motion, Spring 2003

Diagram of a magneto hydrodynamic generator.
Magneto hydrodynamic generator from the final exam. The C-coil is excited by a field core that carries a current and has a rectangular channel, with moving conductive fluid, that passes through its gap. (Image by Prof. Markus Zahn.)

Highlights of this Course

This course offers an online version of one of the textbooks for the course, Electromagnetic Fields and Energy, by Hermann A. Haus and James R. Melcher, as well as video demonstrations related to electromagnetism concepts covered in the book.

Course Description

6.641 examines electric and magnetic quasistatic forms of Maxwell's equations applied to dielectric, conduction, and magnetization boundary value problems. Topics covered include: electromagnetic forces, force densities, and stress tensors, including magnetization and polarization; thermodynamics of electromagnetic fields, equations of motion, and energy conservation; applications to synchronous, induction, and commutator machines; sensors and transducers; microelectromechanical systems; propagation and stability of electromechanical waves; and charge transport phenomena.

Technical Requirements

RealOne™ Player software is required to run the .rm files found on this course site.

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Prof. Markus Zahn

Hermann Haus
James Melcher

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session




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