Solution to Stokes-Maxwell-Euler Differential Equation

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Solutions to the differential equation in Smith’s Prize Examination taken by Maxwell are discussed. It was a competitive examination using which skill full students were identified and James Clerk Maxwell was one of them. He later formulated the theory of Electromagnetism and predicted the light speed & its value was subsequently confirmed by experiments. Light travel in a direction perpendicular to oscillating electric and magnetic field through a vacuum from sun. In the same exam paper, Maxwell answered the question related to Stokes Theorem of vector calculus which was used in the formalism of Electromagnetic theory.

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De Alwis, A. (2017) Solution to Stokes-Maxwell-Euler Differential Equation. Applied Mathematics, 8, 410-416. doi: 10.4236/am.2017.83033.


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