Physics Scientist Project

Physics Scientist Project

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  • My name is James Maxwell and I was born in Scotland in 1831. My mother died when I was very young and I was brought up by my father.
  • I attended University of Edinburgh where I investigated electric and magnetic components and then I transferred to Trinity College and studied under WIlliam Hopkins. It was here that investigated properties of color.
  • After this I moved to Kings College and worked with Michael Faraday at Royal Institute and I elaborated on his findings regarding electromagnetism.
  • With Faraday, I observed a connection between light and electromagnetism. Through my studies, I discovered that charged particles that orbit an object with the opposite charge will emit the light corresponding to the object.
  • I converted my findings into formulas, which are now known as Maxwell's Formulas.  Albert Einstein later used my work for the electrodynamic theories.
  • My findings helped create the Bohr atomic model because the charged particle moving in the orbital results in electromagnetic radiation. This also results in the electron losing energy.
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