Maxwell's
Equations
Updated March
28, 2010
IEEE Milestone,
honoring James Clerk Maxwell and “Maxwell’s Equations,” the equations
bearing his name, unveiled on August 13, 2009 at Glenair House –
Maxwell’s family home – in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland
(click on image
for closer view)
Maxwell's famous equations form
the basis for all electromagnetic analyses. For a while, Ansoft
used to provide them on the back of a tee shirt if you visited their
booth...
There was an errant minus sign
until recently, thanks to Paul it is now fixed.
Wikipedia has an excellent
treatment of Maxwell's equations, you are better off there rather
than wasting time on this page!
Maxwell, of course, is in our
Microwave Hall of Fame.
Here's a pithy remark concerning
this topic from Kevin, which we modified into a Who Wants to Be
a Millionaire multiple choice question:
"Unless he is a _____________,
they are the first things a EE forgets after he gets his degree."
A. masochist
B. antenna designer
C. EM software entrepreneur
D. Hiphop star
Without revealing the answer,
let's just say there aren't too many microwave engineers out there
that use calculus on a daily basis. But in order to understand many
microwave problems, at least you'll need to know the boundary conditions
for Maxwell's equations. More to come, we promise! Anyone want to
help us out?
In the mean time, you can go
to our book page and order up a copy of
Pozar...
