Courses Catalogue

Electricity And Magnetism

COURSE CODE: PHY1207
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics BSc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the properties and applications of static electric and magnetic fields. The intent is to give the students the ability to solve practical problems involving fields, forces, and energy, and simple boundary value problems. In addition, the course develops the concepts of circuit theory from the fundamental field relationships, and discusses capacitance, resistance, and inductance from a fundamental point of view.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

Develop an understanding of the concepts in electricity and magnetism, reinforce conceptual and general problem solving skills to consolidate the understanding of fundamental concepts in electricity, magnetism and basic electrodynamics more rigorously as needed for further studies in physics to enable a student write a project on an application or a natural phenomenon based on the fundamental laws of electricity and magnetism.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

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

§   Solve mathematical Physics problems using vector calculus.

§   Discuss the fundamental physical concepts associated with static electric and magnetic fields

§   Explain the fundamental physical foundations for resistance, capacitance, and inductance, and how to calculate these quantities

§   Discuss relationships between field theory and circuit theory

§   Illustrate the practical relevance of electrostatic and magnetostatic concepts.

 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

§   Solve mathematical Physics problems using vector calculus.

§   Demonstrate ability to discuss the fundamental physical concepts associated with static electric and magnetic fields

§   Apply the relationships between field theory and circuit theory

§   Illustrate the practical relevance of electrostatic and magnetostatic concepts.

§   Predict the behaviour of simple and complex direct current circuits using the fundamental conservation laws

§   Write a project on an application or a natural phenomenon based on the fundamental laws of electricity and magnetism