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Module Title LH Electromagnetism
SchoolPhysics and Astronomy
Department Physics & Astronomy
Module Code 03 35259
Module Lead Dr Evgueni Goudzovski
Level Honours Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Pre-requisites LI Differential Equations - (06 25670) LI Multivariable & Vector Analysis - (06 25667)
Co-requisites LH Quantum Mechanics - (03 35258)
Restrictions This module can be taken by any student with the appropriate pre-requisite.
Contact Hours Lecture-24 hours
Guided independent study-76 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description Electromagnetism deals with mankind's greatest advances in the understanding of electricity and magnetism thanks to pure research carried by the likes of Faraday, Ampere and Maxwell. According the Feynman, the most significant event of the 19th Century was Maxwell's four equations for electromagnetic fields published between 1855 and 1865. These four equations described the whole of electricity and magnetism and, for the first time, unified the electric and magnetic forces into one theory of electromagnetism. Maxwell also used these equations to show that light was an electromagnetic wave and accurately predicted the velocity of light. His equations also showed that electromagnetic waves were Lorentz invariant some forty years before Einstein.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Apply the laws of Gauss, Faraday and Ampere to problems involving charges and magnetic fields
  • Have a firm grounding of Maxwell's equations and their origins
  • Apply and solve Maxwell's equations to electromagnetic problems
  • Show that electric and magnetic fields can travel as waves in free space and media
  • Calculate the major laws of optics using electromagnetic theoryApply Maxwell's equations in order to derive the conductivity of conductors and plasmas
  • Use Poynting's vector to calculate the power in an electromagnetic wave
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Class Test (20%); 1.5 hours Examination (80%)
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