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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Electricity and Magnetism: Maxwell’s Equations

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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 module in a series of three that are based on the MIT course: 8.02, Electricity and Magnetism, a required introductory physics class for all MIT undergraduates, which is being offered as an XSeries. Please visit to learn Introductory Electricity and Magnetism XSeries Program Page for more information and to enroll in all three modules.


Concepts from Classical Mechanics (at the level of 8.01x Mechanics Series (add links)) will be necessary for the discussion of several topics.

  • 8.02.1x and 8.02.2x.
  • Multivariable Calculus

Taught by

Peter Dourmashkin, Krishna Rajagopal, Kerstin Perez, Analia Barrantes, Michelle Tomasik and Robert Redwine

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