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Electromagnetism Today

Imagine the world without a trace of electromagnetism for one day. A place where
electrical and magnetism concept will disappear in all things. Perhaps it will become a total
disaster for mankind especially to us who grew up with electronic devices. All technology will all
revert to simple machines very similar to middle ages. If do you think’s it’s not bad enough and
tolerable for mankind well think again. All electrical related devices will be shutdown meaning all
patients with life support will be dead. Electronic communication will be terminated as well
causing business bankruptcy. Transportation will be reverted to animal-assisted carriages causing
travel to be extended for several days. Without magnetism, earth will be exposed to solar flares
which obliterates the earths crust leading to extinction. Electromagnetism is indeed valuable
concept for survival!
Electromagnetism is a component of physics that deals how electricity and magnetisms
work together. Magnetism is first observed in ancient times when people see the two natural
occurring materials namely lodestone material which is a name for iron ore and amber material
which is a translucent fossilized resin (Silverio & Berna, 2012). Electricity on the other hand is
characterized by the flow of charge through a conductor (Kissel, 2000). The relationship between
electricity and magnetism was first discovered accidentally by Hans Christian Oersted. It was all
happened when Oersted is demonstrating in the University of Copenhagen when he noticed that
the compass deflected when near on a current carrying wire. Oersted then concluded that
current creates a circular magnetic field around the wire and on the other hand a magnetic field
also creates induced current (Silverio & Berna, 2012). It was by then that important laws of
electromagnetism established by prominent scientists such as Faraday and Lenz with their law
that states that the changes in magnetic flux creates induced and voltages (Open Stax, 2013).
Today, humans are always exposed to the concept of electromagnetism in their daily life.
Electromagnetic waves that is created by electric field and magnetic field for instance. Different
wavelengths of electromagnetic waves have different uses or perhaps danger. Microwaves are
used in cooking like in microwave oven and it also used by satellites to transfer information since
it can pass through the clouds and atmosphere (Revision World, n.d.). Radio waves are used by
telecommunication and broadcasting company to transmit sounds, images and data to
communication devices. Gamma rays and x-rays are used commonly in the hospitals where
gamma rays kill cancer cells while x-rays show images of internal objects since it passes through
flesh but not in densely material like bones (Revision World, n.d.). Some devices also run by a
distinct concept of electromagnetism like Nuclear Magnetic Resonance or now commonly known
Magnetic resonance imaging that was realized in the mid-1970s (Lewis, 2017).
Discovering the underlying process in quantized and invisible phenomenon like
electromagnetism is indeed astonishing and even more when applied. Who would have thought
that a simple accident discovery of would lead an evolutionary breakthrough in our technology?
May people continue to pursue science to help improve technology and bring benefit to mankind.
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instrumentation and process control, and electrical machines & motor controls (Second ed.).
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