SCQF Level 9
Academic year(s): 2019-2020
SCOTCAT credits : 15
ECTS credits : 7
Level : SCQF Level 9
The properties of electromagnetic fields will be explored using a variety of mathematical tools (in particular, vector and differential calculus). Topics will include: charge and current distributions, electro- and magnetostatics, materials, electrodynamics, conservation principles, electromagnetic waves and radiation. This module builds on knowledge and skills acquired in prior coursework by developing techniques for solving more advanced problems in electromagnetism.
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass PH3081 or pass PH3082 or pass MT2506 ) and pass PH2012 and ( pass MT2001 or pass MT2501 and pass MT2503 )
Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take MT4553
Weekly contact: 3 lectures and fortnightly tutorials.
Scheduled learning hours: 36
Guided independent study hours: 114
As used by St Andrews: Written Examination = 80%, Coursework = 20%
As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 95%
Practical examinations : 0%
Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7
Module coordinator: Dr C R Baily
Module teaching staff: Dr C Baily
The properties of electromagnetic fields are explored using a variety of mathematical tools (in particular, vector and differential calculus). Topics include: time-independent charge and current distributions, electric and magnetic properties of matter, electrodynamics, conservation laws, electromagnetic waves and radiation.
Aims & Objectives
This module builds on knowledge and skills acquired in prior courses, to develop more sophisticated techniques for solving problems in undergraduate electromagnetism.
The various topics will be presented as part of a coherent theory of classical fields (i.e., as consequences of Maxwell's equations and the Lorentz force law).
The organisation and level of difficulty of the module have been chosen so as to deepen students' understanding of electromagnetic theory, prepare them for practical work in the laboratory, and provide a bridge to more advanced study.
Alongside the development of general problem-solving skills and intellectual maturity, particular emphasis will be placed on conceptual understanding, and deriving physical meaning from mathematical expressions and visual representations.
By the end of this module, students are expected to be able to:
Electrostatics: Charge and current distributions; Coulomb’s law; Gauss’ law; potential theory; linear dielectrics.
Magnetostatics: Biot-Savart law, Ampere’s law; vector potential; magnetic fields in matter.
Electrodynamics: Maxwell’s equations; electromagnetic induction; conservation laws for charge and energy; Poynting vector; wave equation; time-dependent potentials and gauge invariance; electric dipole radiation; reflection and transmission.
Additional information on continuous assessment etc.
Please note that the definitive comments on continuous assessment will be communicated within the module. This section is intended to give an indication of the likely breakdown and timing of the continuous assessment.
This module is part of the core JH programme, and as such there is a summary of deadlines etc on the School’s Students and Staff web pages. There is a class test, likely in week seven, contributing 15% to the module mark, Students have compulsory tutorials every two weeks, with hand-in tutorial work counting for 5% of the module total.
This module contains some material that is or may be part of the IOP “Core of Physics”. This includes
Electrostatics and magnetostatics
Gauss, Faraday, Ampère, Lenz and Lorentz laws to the level of their vector expression
Maxwell’s equations and plane EM wave solution; Poynting vector
Polarisation of waves and behaviour at plane interfaces
Please view University online record: http://resourcelists.st-andrews.ac.uk/modules/ph3007.html
Please also read the general information in the School's honours handbook that is available via st-andrews.ac.uk/physics/staff_students/timetables.php.