5N10.80 - Propagation of an Electromagnetic Wave

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Propagation of an Electromagnetic Wave
Electromagnetic Wave Propagation
Area of Study:
Electricity & Magnetism
Overhead Transparencies, Java Demos.

The overhead transparency of wave propagation is only a 2-D representation of the phenomenon.

A better representation can be found at https://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/polarizedlight/emwave/

This link can also be found on the "Links" page, Java Demos, U of I Bookmarked Sites.

  • Paul Hewitt, "Answer to March 2018 Figuring Physics", TPT, Vol. 56, #4, Apr. 2018, p. 239.
  • Clark L. Allred, Devin J. Della-Rose, Brian M. Flushe, Rex R. Kiziah, and David J. Lee, "Explaining Electromagnetic Plane Waves in a Vacuum at the Introductory Level",  TPT, Vol. 48, #3, Mar. 2010, p. 173.
  • "Figuring Physics", TPT, Vol. 43, #7, Oct. 2005, p. 470.
  • Paul A. Bender, "Wooden Electromagnetic Waves", AJP,  Vol. 53, #3, Mar. 1985, p. 279.
  • O-025: Ping Pong Paddle - Wave Model", DICK and RAE Physics Demo Notebook.
  • Jim Glenn, "Field Work",  Scientific Genius: The Twenty Greatest Minds, 72.
  • Tom Petruzzellis, "The Radiation Field and the Induction Field", Electronic Sensors for the Evil Genius, p. 163.
  • Tom Petruzzellis, "Detecting Magnetic Fields", Electronic Sensors for the Evil Genius, p. 161.

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