Undergraduate Course: Classical Electrodynamics (PHYS11045)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A course on the Maxwell equations, their Lorentz invariance, covariant formulation, and gauge invariance. Applications included classical radiation from time dependent charges and currents, and in particular accelerating charges.
* Relativistic electrodynamics: Maxwell's equations, charge, energy and momentum conservation, the electromagnetic potentials, electromagnetic radiation and its generation, electric and magnetic dipole radiation.
* Action principles: for point particles, scalar fields, vector fields, charge and energy-momentum conservation.
* Accelerating charges: covariant Green's functions, the Lienard-Wiechert potential, their associated fields, synchotron radiation, Larmor formula.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Knowledge of relativity and background in electromagnetism up to Maxwell's equations is essential.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 20,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Degree Examination, 100%
||Feedback will be provided by one to one meetings within workshops and pre-exam revision sessions.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the relativistic formulation of Maxwell's equations.
- Use the Lorentz transformation to transform fields and sources from one inertial frame to another.
- Appreciate the causal structure of electrodynamics.
- Derive detailed expressions for the nature of electromagnetic power emitted by various sources.
- Apply Maxwell's equations to solve unseen problems in classical electrodynamics.
|J.D. Jackson, "Classical Electrodynamics"|
D.J. Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics"
L.D. Landau & E.M. Lifschitz, "The Classical Theory of Fields"
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Workshop/tutorial sessions, as arranged.
|Course organiser||Prof Donal O'Connell
|Course secretary||Dr Rebecca Hasler