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Electric & Magnetic Interactions:

Ruth Chabay
North Carolina State University

These short 3-D QuickTime movies of electric and magnetic fields in space were created to accompany the introductory calculus-based physics textbook  Matter & Interactions vol II: Electric & Magnetic Interactions, by Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood  (2002, John Wiley & Sons, NY). The movies are designed to assist physics students in visualizing fields. They depict spatial configurations of electric and magnetic fields that are frequently discussed in introductory physics courses. These movies received an Honorable Mention in the Seventh Annual Computers in Physics Educational Software Contest.


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In these movies, electric fields are orange and magnetic fields are blue.

Electric Fields

Magnetic Fields

Electromagnetic Radiation

How the Movies Were Made

Notes on Visualization of Fields

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COPYRIGHT: This web site and all of the movies associated with it copyright 1996, 1999 Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood.  Instructors and students may download copies of this site for educational use. These movies may not be sold, nor included in any commercially distributed package, nor distributed in any package other than a complete copy of this web site, without written permission from the authors.

nsflogob.gif (2591 bytes) The development of these materials was supported in part by the National Science Foundation. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation.