Courses Catalogue

Advanced Electrodynamics

COURSE CODE: PHY7212
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics, M.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Postgraduate

Course Description

Advanced Electrodynamics studies the electric and magnetic fields, their relationship to each other, and their interactions with matter. The course is intended to provide a solid grounding with the principles and techniques of classical electrodynamics and its many applications. Topics include Multipole Expansions and Material Media, Time Varying Fields, Energy, Force and Momentum Relations in Electromagnetic Fields, Electromagnetic Wave Equations, Inhomogeneous Wave Equations, Relativistic Kinematics, Covariant Formulation of Electrodynamics and Covariance and Relativistic Mechanics.

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

Advanced electrodynamics has as its principal aim providing a working knowledge of the fundamentals of electromagnetism that prepare a graduate student for a career as a physicist, astronomer, chemist or an engineer. It is developed at a more rigorous and complete level than in advanced undergraduate offerings,

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

Discuss the fundamental ideas of electromagnetic theory at the level of J.D Jackson, and be able to apply those ideas to solve physics problems.

Solve Maxwell's Equations at the level of partial differential equations and multidimensional vector calculus to provide a mathematical description and conceptual understanding of illustrative time-dependent electrodynamic and magnetodynamic phenomena including waves, radiation, and relativity.

Determine electric and magnetic fields from charges and currents in static situations

Pursue further studies in electrodynamics.

Carryout research in modern electrodynamics.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

electromagnetic theory at the level of J.D Jackson and beyond.

Maxwell's Equations at the level of partial differential equations and multidimensional vector calculus to provide a mathematical description

 electric and magnetic fields from charges and currents in static situations research in modern electrodynamics.