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Undergraduate Course: Electromagnetism and Relativity (PHYS10093)

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 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaUndergraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionIt provides a good starting point for SH field theory courses, in particular Classical Electrodynamics, General Relativity, and RQFT.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Electromagnetism (PHYS09060) OR Symmetries of Classical Mechanics (PHYS10088)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2014/15 Full Year, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 15/09/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 44, Summative Assessment Hours 8, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 99 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Electromagnetism and Relativity3:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
- Understand the foundational principles of dynamics, electromagnetism, and relativity and how they relate to broader physical principles.
- Understand in detail the structure of Maxwell electromagnetism and Special relativity, and the relation between them.
- Be able to formulate and develop the inter- relation of charges, currents, fields, potentials and forces using vector, tensor and integral calculus in index notation, both in 3 and 3+1 dimensions.
- Be able to formulate and solve a range of static boundary value problems, and problems with time dependent charges, currents, and electromagnetic fields.
- Derive and understand the relation of electromagnetism to wave propagation, optics, and the generation of classical radiation.
- Devise and implement a systematic strategy for solving a complex problem by breaking it down into its constituent parts.
- Use the experience, intuition and mathematical tools learned from solving physics problems to solve a wider range of unseen problems.
- Resolve conceptual and technical difficulties by locating and integrating relevant information from a diverse range of sources.
Assessment Information
80% exam 20% coursework
Special Arrangements
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Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Semester 1: Kinematics, Electrostatics and Magnetostatics:
- Vectors, bases, Einstein summation convention, the delta & epsilon symbols, matrices, determinants. [1]
- Rotations of bases, composition of two rotations, reflections, projection operators, passive and active transformations, the rotational symmetry group. [2]
- Cartesian tensors: definition/transformation properties and rank, quotient theorem, pseudo- tensors, the delta and epsilon symbols as tensors. [2]
- Examples of tensors: moment of inertia tensor, rotation of solid bodies, stress and strain tensors, and elastic deformations of solid bodies, ideal fluid flow. [3]
- Electric charge and charge density: Coulombs law: linear superposition, Electrostatic potential: equipotentials: derivation of Gauss' Law in integral and differential form, Electrostatic Energy: Energy in the electric field, Electric dipoles: Force, Torque and Energy for a Dipole: the Multipole expansion. [3]
- Perfect conductors: surface charge: pill box boundary conditions at the surface of a conductor: uniqueness theorem: boundary value problems, Linear dielectrics: D and E, boundaries between dielectrics, boundary value problems. [3]
- Currents in bulk, surfaces, and wires, current conservation: Ohms Law, conductivity tensor: EMF [2]
- Forces between current loops: Biot-Savart Law for the magnetic field, Ampere's Law in differential and integral form, pill-box boundary conditions with surface currents. [2]
- The vector potential: gauge ambiguity: magnetic dipoles: magnetic moment and angular momentum: force and torque on magnetic dipoles. [2]
- Magnetization: B and H, boundaries between magnetic materials, boundary- value problems. [2]

Semester 2: Dynamics, Electromagnetism and Relativity:
- Dynamics of point particles in gravitational, electric and magnetic fields, inertial systems, Invariance under Galilean translations and rotations. [1]
- Motional EMF: Lenz's Law: Faraday's Law in integral and differential form, mutual Inductance: Self Inductance: Energy stored in inductance: Energy in the magnetic field, simple AC circuits (LCR): use of complex notation for oscillating solutions, impedance. [3]
- The displacement current and charge conservation: Maxwell's Equations, Energy conservation from Maxwell's eqns: Poynting vector, Momentum conservation for EM fields: stress tensor: angular momentum. [3]
- Plane Wave solutions of free Maxwell equations: prediction of speed of light, Polarization, linear and circular, in complex notation: energy and momentum for EM waves. [2]
- Plane waves in conductors: skin depth: reflection of plane waves from conductors, Waveguides and cavities: lasers, Reflection and refraction at dielectric boundaries: derivation of the Fresnel equations, Interference and diffraction, single and double slits. [3]
- Physical basis of Special Relativity: the Michelson-Morley experiment, Einstein's postulates, Lorentz transformations, time dilation and Fitzgerald contraction, addition of velocities, rapidity, Doppler effect and aberration, Minkowski diagrams. [3]
- Non-orthogonal co-ordinates, covariant and contravariant tensors, covariant formulation of classical mechanics, position, velocity, momentum and force 4 vectors, particle collisions. [2]
- Relativistic formulation of electromagnetism from the Lorentz force, Maxwell tensor, covariant formulation of Maxwell's equations, Lorentz transformation of the electric and magnetic fields, invariants, stress energy tensor, the electromagnetic potential, Lorenz gauge. [3]
- Generation of radiation by oscillating charges: wave equations for potentials: spherical waves: causality: the Hertzian dipole. [2]
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Boas, "Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences"
Arfken and Weber, "Mathematical Methods for Physicists"
Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics"
McComb, "Dynamics and Relativity"
Jackson, "Classical Electrodynamics"
Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Brian Pendleton
Tel: (0131 6)50 5241
Course secretaryMrs Bonnie Macmillan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5905
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