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MT4553   Theory of Electric and Magnetic Fields

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 10.00 am Mon (odd weeks), Wed, Fri

The module will consider the mathematical and physical principles that describe the theory of electric and magnetic fields. It will first describe the basic principles of electrostatics and magneto-statics and following this electrodynamics. Next Maxwell's equations are described along with the properties of electro-magnetic waves in a variety of media. Finally an application to the area of plasma physics is carried out through considering the orbits of charged particles in a variety of spatially and time varying magnetic fields.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass MT2503 and pass MT2506 and pass MT3504

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PH3007

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2.5 hours of lectures (x 10 weeks), 1-hour tutorial (x 10 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 35

Guided independent study hours: 120

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 90%, Coursework (class test) = 10%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 90%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 10%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof D Mackay