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6.641 Electromagnetic Fields, Forces, and Motion, Spring 2005

Diagram of a magnetohydrodynamic generator.

Magnetohydrodynamic generator from the 2003 final exam. The C-core magnetic circuit is excited by a field coil that carries a current and has a rectangular channel with moving conductive fluid that passes through the magnetic circuit gap. (Image by Prof. Markus Zahn.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features a complete set of downloadable problem sets and solutions in the assignments section. In addition the course features exams with solutions for multiple years in the exams section.

This course features an online textbook in the readings section, 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.



Prof. Markus Zahn

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session



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