# electrodynamics

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## electrodynamics,

study of phenomena associated with charged bodies in motion and varying electric and magnetic fields (see charge**charge,**

property of matter that gives rise to all electrical phenomena (see electricity). The basic unit of charge, usually denoted by

*e,*is that on the proton or the electron; that on the proton is designated as positive (+

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**electricity,**

class of phenomena arising from the existence of charge. The basic unit of charge is that on the proton or electron—the proton's charge is designated as positive while the electron's is negative.

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**field,**

in physics, region throughout which a force may be exerted; examples are the gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields that surround, respectively, masses, electric charges, and magnets. The field concept was developed by M.

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**magnetism,**

force of attraction or repulsion between various substances, especially those made of iron and certain other metals; ultimately it is due to the motion of electric charges.

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**electromagnetic radiation,**

energy radiated in the form of a wave as a result of the motion of electric charges. A moving charge gives rise to a magnetic field, and if the motion is changing (accelerated), then the magnetic field varies and in turn produces an electric field.

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**induction,**

in electricity and magnetism, common name for three distinct phenomena.

**Electromagnetic induction**is the production of an electromotive force (emf) in a conductor as a result of a changing magnetic field about the conductor and is the most important of the

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**quantum theory,**

modern physical theory concerned with the emission and absorption of energy by matter and with the motion of material particles; the quantum theory and the theory of relativity together form the theoretical basis of modern physics.

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**relativity,**

physical theory, introduced by Albert Einstein, that discards the concept of absolute motion and instead treats only relative motion between two systems or frames of reference.

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## Electrodynamics

The study of the relations between electrical, magnetic, and mechanical phenomena. This includes considerations of the magnetic fields produced by currents, the electromotive forces induced by changing magnetic fields, the forces on currents in magnetic fields, the propagation of electromagnetic waves, and the behavior of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields. Classical electrodynamics deals with fields and charged particles in the manner first systematically described by J. C. Maxwell, whereas quantum electrodynamics applies the principles of quantum mechanics to electrical and magnetic phenomena. Relativistic electrodynamics is concerned with the behavior of charged particles and fields when the velocities of the particles approach that of light. Cosmic electrodynamics is concerned with electromagnetic phenomena occurring on celestial bodies and in space. *See* Electromagnetism, Quantum electrodynamics, Relativistic electrodynamics