method of images
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method of images[′meth·əd əv ′im·ij·əz]
In electrostatics, a method of determining the electric fields and potentials set up by charges in the vicinity of a conductor, in which the conductor and its induced surface charges are replaced by one or more fictitious charges.
Method of calculating the interference between reservoirs by assuming a mirror image of one reservoir on the far side of a geologic fault.
Any method of solving magnetostatic, hydrodynamic, and other problems involving boundary conditions at the interface between two media, in which fictitious objects, such as magnetic dipoles and sources and sinks of fluid, are introduced to satisfy the boundary conditions; these methods are generalizations of the method in electrostatics.
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