A notoriously difficult subject, covariant electrodynamics is nonetheless vital for understanding relativistic field theory. Charap begins with a historical overview of electrodynamics and a discussion of the preliminary mathematics one needs in order to grasp the advanced and abstract concepts underlying the theory. He walks the reader through Maxwell’s four equations, explaining how they were developed and demonstrating how they are applied. From there, Charap moves through the other components of electrodynamics, such as Lorentz transformations, tensors, and charged particle behavior. At each point, he carefully works through the mathematics, applies the concepts to simple physical systems, and provides historical context that makes clear the connections among the theories and the mathematicians responsible for developing them. A concluding chapter reviews the history of electrodynamics and points the way for independent testing of the theory. Thorough, evenly paced, and intuitive, this friendly introduction to high-level covariant electrodynamics is a handy and helpful addition to any physicist’s toolkit. Chapters include: Introduction; The Four Velocity; Energy and Momentum; Plane Waves; The Law of Biot and Savart; The Lorenz Force; Electromagnetism and Light; The Field Strength Tensor; Lagrange’s Equations; The Field as an Ensemble of Oscillators; Nonuniform Static B-Field; Fields from a Charged Oscillator; Electric Dipole Radiation; Cerenkov Radiation and the Cerenkov Cone; tons more. Over 50 chapters in all! Published at $29.95, our price only $14.95! Everyone needs a concise guide to covariant electrodynamics!
COVARIANT ELECTRODYNAMICS: A Concise Guide By John M. Charap. 172 Pages. 6x9 Paperback. Illustrated. Index.
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