Course Convenor:Dr LL Kormos
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CMod descriptionback to top
introduction to electromagnetism. Topics discussed include the concept of the
electric field and forces, Gausss law, electrostatic potential, magnetic
fields and forces, magnetic induction. Calculation of capacitance and
inductance from basic principles.
Curriculum Design: Outline Syllabusback to top
Electric charge. Coulomb's law. Electric fields, field lines and forces. Electric dipoles. Electric flux. Gauss's law.
Electric potential and potential energy. Potential difference and gradient. Capacitance. Series and parallel. Energy storage.
Magnetic field, flux, and force. Motion of charged particles in a magnetic field. Force on a current-carrying conductor. Magnetic dipole/current loop, force and torque.
Origin of magnetic fields. Field due to a (uniformly)moving charge. Force between parallel wires carrying current. Ampere's law and applications.
Electromagnetic induction. Faraday's law, Lenz's law. Motional EMF. Induced fields. Eddy currents.
Y&F chapters 22-25 and 28-30
Curriculum Design: Pre-requisites/Co-requisites/Exclusionsback to top
Part I Entry Requirements
A level Maths and Physics
Educational Aims: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
To describe the basic laws and ideas of electromagnetism, starting with electrostatics.
To introduce the ideas of force and potential, already experienced in PHYS 101 and PHYS102 in the context of electromagnetism.
To stress the similarities and differences between electric and magnetic fields.
Learning Outcomes: Subject Specific: Knowledge, Understanding and Skillsback to top
On completion of the module, students should be able to:
- appreciate the close inter-relation of electricity and magnetism.
- display a familiarisation with fundamental electric and magnetic phenomena.
- understand the basic concepts through which the phenomena are described, in particular those of charge, current, field, and potential.
- apply their knowledge to modelling real phenomena and situations.
- discuss and use the basic concepts of electric and magnetic field and forces
- calculate forces, fields in certain physical situations
- discuss the concepts of force and potential
Curriculum Design: Select Bibliographyback to top
(E) H D Young & R A Freedman University Physics, Addison-Wesley, 11th Ed.