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PH102: Physics II
Dr Ashwini K SharmaDepartment of PhysicsIndian Institute of Technology GuwahatiLecture 1
 
What is
field 
?
Aphysicalquantityhasavalueinaregionofspace.Thetermfielddescribesboth,theregionandthevalueofthephysicalquantityinthatregion.A field is a distribution in space of any physical quantity.Physicalquantity
 
Timedependentortimeindependent
29.12.2010 Lecture 1 2
 
Each point in space is associated with a real number.
May or may not be a function of time.Examples:Temperature, Pressure, Electric potential, Charge density
Scalar field
 
29.12.2010 Lecture 1 3
Representation:A scalar field
as a function of position
r
and time
is expressed as
(
r
,
) =
(
,
,
,
)where
 z y x
k jir
ˆˆˆ
++=

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