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PHYS2340 Electromagnetism (Geophysics)

10 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Michael Ries

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

PHYS2300Physics 3- Fields and Energy
PHYS2350Electromagnetism (Joint Honours)

This module is not approved as a discovery module


By the end of the module you should be able to:
- use the integral versions of Maxwell's equations to explain the concepts of electric fields and potentials, magnetic fields and magnetic induction, and to calculate these fields in cases of simple symmetric geometry.
- calculate the force on a moving charge in an electric and magnetic field and the force on a current carrying conductor, and to calculate the energy stored in electric and magnetic fields.
- analyse simple AC circuits containing resistors, capacitors and inductors.
- state Maxwell's equations in both integral and differential form and discuss their derivation from the physical laws of electromagnetism, in vacuo and in dielectric and magnetic media.

Learning outcomes
Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of common physical laws and principles, and some applications of these principles.
Identify relevant principles and laws when dealing with problems.

Skills outcomes
Problem solving in electromagnetism


Electric and Magnetic Fields:
E field, Gauss; B field, Ampere; Magnetic induction, Faraday, Lenz.
AC currents:
in resistors inductors and capacitors, LCR circuits, Complex impedance, Resonance.
Maxwell's Equations:
(A) In vacuo with charges: Poisson; Magnetostatics, Displacement current, Maxwell's extension of Ampere's law; EM waves in vacuo, Energy and momentum in EM waves, EM spectrum.
(B) In dielectric and magnetic media - Polarization and local fields; Magnetization; Summary of Maxwell's equations.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours67.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Reading lecture notes and books

Solving problems

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentRegular Coursework20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 30 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Students will have to complete an in-person exam at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound. Students must submit a serious attempt at all assessments, in order to pass the module overall.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:31:38


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