Courses Catalogue

Electromagnetism

COURSE CODE: PHY2202
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 3
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Physics BSc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This is an advanced course for undergraduates. It treats electrostatic and magnetic phenomenon, electromagnetic induction and Maxwell’s equations and their applications.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

The aim of this course is to present the laws of electromagnetism, their experimental justification, and their application to physical phenomena.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

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

§  Solve differential equations or simple electrostatic problems.

§  State and apply Maxwell’s equations to the derivation of the wave equation.

§  Explain propagation of electromagnetic waves in wave guides

§  Explain the effect of a boundary between two media.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

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

§  The fundamental laws of electrodynamics (Faraday’s and Ampere-Maxwell’s laws, Maxwell’s equations)

§  The propagation of electromagnetic waves in vacuum and in media

§  Potentials, gauge invariances, generation of electromagnetic waves

§  The interaction of electric and magnetic fields with matter

§  mathematical tools for the description of physical phenomena (potential formulations, gauge invariances, wave properties)

§  intensities and powers associated to electromagnetic fields

§  electromagnetic laws in integral, differential and potential form

§  the emission and propagation of electromagnetic waves in vacuum and in media