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PX3512: ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

We are surrounded by electromagnetic phenomena; it is not possible to understand the physical world without them. In this course we will discuss the link between electricity and magnetism, noticing that changing electric magnetic fields generate electric fields and the other way around. This will lead to the introduction of Faraday’s law, hugely relevant to understand how we generate electricity, and to the introduction of Maxwell’s correction to Ampere’s law, which will lead to the astounding result that light is an electromagnetic wave! We will finish the course by exploring how electromagnetic waves propagate and how they are originated.




Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Murilo da Silva Baptista
  • Professor Antonio Politi

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PX3008 Electricity and Magnetism (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

The course content reflects the learning outcomes:

  • Electric fields related to their sources Coulomb's law.
  • Gauss' theorem (integral and differential form) Electric potential and Poisson's equation.
  • Electrostatic properties of media Electric dipole.
  • Dielectrics.
  • Polarisation.
  • Electric Displacement (D).
  • Relative permittivity Gauss' theorem in dielectric media.
  • Boundary conditions for E and D.
  • Capacitance Energy stored in electric fields.
  • Current density and conservation of charge.
  • Conductivity and resistance.
  • Magnetic fields related to their sources Biot-Savart law.
  • Ampere's theorem (integral and differential form) Gauss' theorem for magnetic fields.
  • Magnetostatic properties of media Magnetic dipole.
  • Magnetisation Magnetic Intensity (H).
  • Relative permeability.
  • Ampere's theorem in magnetisable media.
  • Boundary conditions for B and H.
  • Faraday's law Inductance.
  • Mutual inductance and the transformer.
  • Eddy currents Energy stored in magnetic fields.
  • Maxwell's equations.
  • Electromagnetic waves.
  • Waves in free space, dielectrics and conducting media.
  • Poynting vector Radiation and aerials.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 29, 31 - 34, 38 - 39

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Summative Assessments

Exam

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Students must obtain minimum D3 to pass course overall

Learning Outcomes
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Tutorial Competition

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Midterm Exam

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Problem Sheets

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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Best of written exam 100% or written exam 50% with carried forward in-course assessment 40%

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Course Learning Outcomes

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