Animations created using Discreet's 3D Studio MAX.

This work is supported by
NSF Grant #9950380,
an MIT Class of 1960 Fellowship, The Helena Foundation, the MIT Classes of 51 and 55 Funds for
Educational Excellence,
the MIT School of Science Educational Initiative Awards, and MIT Academic Computing.

A Paper On The Mathematics Of These Animations

A Description of the TEAL/Studio Project at
MIT (pdf file)

Michael Faraday was the first to realize that the shape of electromagnetic field lines is extraordinarily expressive of their dynamical effects. We can understand intuitively many things about the forces transmitted by the fields by looking at the topology of the field lines. This is especially true when the field lines are animated. The examples given here are only a few of many (if you do not have a movie player, download QuickTime 3 to view both avi and quicktime files)

Java Applets of Interest (

A poster presented at the January 1999 AAPT Meeting explains some of the pedagogy, mathematics, and physics of this effort. This file is in pdf format and is 300K in size.

Comments to jwb@space.mit.edu.

Magnet Moving In And Out Of A Coil Of Wire

Magnet Falling Through A Ring With Non-zero Resistance

Magnet Levitating Above A Ring or Disk With Zero Resistance

Magnet Suspended Below A Ring With Zero Resistance

Magnet Falling Through A Ring With Zero Resistance

Point Charge Repelled By A Charged Sphere

Magnetic Dipole Radiation From a Dipole That Turns On

Magnetic Dipole Radiation From a Dipole That Turns Off

Magnetic Dipole Radiation From A Sinusoidally Varying Dipole--The Near/Transition Zone

Magnetic Dipole Radiation From A Sinusoidally Varying Dipole--The Transition/Far Zone

Last Updated May 2000.