Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy


Date of this Version

January 1962


Published in American Journal of Physics 30:1 (January 1962), pp. 41-44 . Copyright © 1962 American Association of Physics Teachers. Used by permission.


The use of the magnetic pole in the development of the concepts of electricity and magnetism leads unambiguously to a relativistic formulation of the field vectors which is well within the grasp of the sophomore student. The development is wholly consistent with Maxwell's equations and leads to clear and understandable definitions of the field vectors both in vacuum and in the material medium, as well as to the relations defining the transformations of the field vectors.

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