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Undergraduate Course: Electromagnetism (PHYS09018)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionA course on the time-independent and time-dependent properties of electric and magnetic fields in vacuum, leading to Maxwell's Equations, which encompass the laws of classical electromagnetism. These laws are used to derive electromagnetic waves.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Foundations of Mathematical Physics (PHYS08024) OR ( Applicable Mathematics 4 (Phys Sci) (MATH08017) AND Mathematical Methods 4 (Phys Sci) (MATH08018)) OR ( MP2A: Vectors, Tensors and Fields (PHYS08032) AND MP2B: Dynamics (PHYS08033))
Students MUST have passed: Physics 2A (PHYS08022) AND Physics 2B (PHYS08023)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 09:00 - 09:50
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 09:00 - 09:50
King's BuildingsTutorial2-11 11:10 - 13:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 09:00 - 09:50, Zone: King's Buildings. Lecture Theatre B - JCMB
Additional information Workshop/tutorial sessions, as arranged.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course it is intended that a student will be able to:

1)State the integral laws of electromagnetism and state and derive Maxwell's equations for charges and currents in a vacuum
2)Define and explain charge and current densities (in bulk and on surfaces and lines), and conductivity
3)Define, and use the concepts of electric and magnetic dipoles; calculate the fields from dipoles and forces and torques on them
4)Define and explain: polarisation and magnetisation; the fields D, H, E and B; the relation between E, B and the force on a particle; polarisation charges and magnetisation currents; boundary conditions on fields at interfaces between media; Maxwell's equations in media
5)Define and explain in atomic terms: the response of linear media; relative permittivity and permeability; their relation to the electromagnetic energy density; nonlinear media such as ferromagnets
6)Formulate and solve boundary-value problems using: superposition methods; uniqueness principles; the method of images; qualitative reasoning based on field lines; the equations of Biot-Savart, Faraday, Ampere, Gauss, Laplace and Poisson
7)Formulate and solve with vector calculus problems of static and time-varying electrical and magnetic fields
8)Derive and apply the concepts of: Maxwell's displacement current; the continuity equation; self- and mutual inductance; Poynting's vector; energy flux; radiation pressure
9)Derive and explain electromagnetic radiation using plane-wave solutions of Maxwell's equations; apply these to problems of intrinsic impedance, adsorption, attenuation, dispersion, reflection, transmission, evanescence, and the skin effect in conductors; derive and explain total internal reflection, polarisation by reflection, and the properties of waveguides and related devices
10)Explain and utilise the properties of the magnetic vector potential, and outline its relevance to the phenomenon of radiation
Assessment Information
Coursework, 10%
Degree Examination, 90%
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus * Electrostatics: Coulomb's Law; electric fields; Gauss's Law; the scalar potential; electric field energy; capacitance; the electric dipole; surface charge and boundary problems.
* Magnetostatics: currents and charge conservation; the Lorentz force; Biot-Savart Law; Ampere's Law; the vector potential; the magnetic dipole; surface currents and boundary problems.
* Induction: electromotive force; Faraday's Law; mutual and self inductance; magnetic field energy; simple AC circuits.
* Maxwell's equations: the displacement current; electromagnetic radiation; energy in electromagnetic fields; monochromatic plane waves.
* Media: phenomenology of dielectric and magnetic materials; plane waves in media and across boundaries.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list D.J. Griths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall 1999.
Zhao Shu-ping, You Jun-han, Zhu Jun-jie, Problems and Solutions on Electromagnetism, World Scienti c, particularly parts 1,2,4.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserProf Martin Evans
Tel: (0131 6)50 5294
Course secretaryMiss Laura Gonzalez-Rienda
Tel: (0131 6)51 7067
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