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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Electromagnetism
Module Code PS202
School School of Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Huw Leggate
Semester 2: Huw Leggate
Autumn: Huw Leggate
Module TeachersHuw Leggate
Karsten Fleischer
Timo Gans
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Maxwell's equations are introduced through conceptual development of electromagnetism, integration and vector calculus.

Learning Outcomes

1. demonstrate conceptual understanding of electric and magnetic fields
2. apply the superposition principle in the context of electric and magnetic fields
3. set up integrals to evaluate EM quantities due to charge distributions and current configurations
4. link electromagnetism with other areas of physics, e.g. mechanics, optics, and special relativity.
5. solve unseen problems in electromagnetism
6. understand link between electric and magnetic field to basic electric quantities such as current, resistance, voltage, capacitance

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial12No Description
Independent Study89No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Learning Activities
The online platform Loop is used to deliver pre-recorded asynchronous lectures and multiple choice quizzes. These prepare students for each specific topic. Synchronous Zoom tutorials are used for interactive problem solving, through conceptual and selected symbolic and numerical problems, based on the knowledge gained in lectures and quizzes.

Electric force, field, flux, and potential. Coulomb's Law. Gauss' Law.

Electric fields in matter
Electric dipoles. Polarisation. Capacitance

Magnetic force, field, and flux. Biot-Savart law. Ampere's law.

Faraday's law. Electromagnetic induction. Maxwell's correction to Ampere's law. Electric fields, magnetic fields & special relativity.

Maxwell's equations
Differential and integral forms of Maxwell's equations.

Mathematical tools
Vector components. Vector addition and subtraction. Line integrals and circulation. Surface and volume integrals. Divergence, gradient, curl.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentTake-home problems to be submitted to Loop10%As required
Loop ExamOnline tutorial/lecture pretests via Loop10%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 3
Indicative Reading List

  • David Griffiths: 0, Introduction to Electrodynamics,
  • Young & Freedman: 0, University Physics,
  • Schey: 0, Div, grad, curl and all that,
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Date of Last Revision20-JUN-08

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