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Year of entry: 2021
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Electricity & Magnetism
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Physics & Astronomy|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Electricity and Magnetism
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
To develop a basic understanding of electric and magnetic fields in free space using the integral forms of Maxwell’s laws.
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.
On completion successful students will be able to:
- describe the electric field and potential, and related concepts, for stationary charges.
- calculate electrostatic properties of simple charge distributions using Coulomb’s law, Gauss’s law and electric potential.
- describe the magnetic field for steady currents and moving charges.
- calculate magnetic properties of simple current distributions using Biot-Savart and Ampere’s laws.
- describe electromagnetic induction and related concepts, and make calculations using Faraday and Lenz’s laws.
- describe the basic physical content of Maxwell’s laws in integral form.
Forces in nature; electric charge and its properties; vectors, fields, flux and circulation.
2. Electric Fields and Stationary Charges
Coulomb’s law and superposition; electric field and potential; capacitance; electric dipoles; energy in electric fields.
3. Magnetic Fields and Steady Currents
Magnetic fields; Lorentz force; Biot-Savart and Ampère’s laws; magnetic dipoles.
Electromotive force; electromagnetic induction; Faraday and Lenz’s laws; inductance; energy in magnetic fields.
5. Maxwell’s Equations
Maxwell’s fix of Ampère’s law; Maxwell’s equations in integral form.
Feedback will be given by tutors on students’ written solutions to examples sheets and model answers will be issued.
Grant, I.S. & Phillips, W.R. Elements of Physics (OUP)
Halliday, Resnick, Walker, Fundamentals of Physics (Wiley)
Tipler, P.A., Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Freeman)
Young, H.D. & Freedman, R.A. University Physics (Addison-Wesley)
Supplementary and Further Reading: (See comments in lectures)
Dobbs, E.R. Basic Electromagnetism (Chapman-Hall)
Duffin, W.J. Electricity and Magnetism (McGraw-Hill)
Feynman, Lectures in Physics Volume 11
Grant, I.S. & Phillips, W.R. Electromagnetism (Wiley)
Griffiths, D.J. Introduction to Electrodynamics (Wiley)
Kip, A.F. Fundamentals of Electricity and Magnetism (McGraw Hill)
Schey, H.M. Div, Grad, Curl and All That (Norton)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||1.5|
|Practical classes & workshops||12|
|Independent study hours|
|Mark Hughes||Unit coordinator|