PHYSICS 2534 - Electromagnetism II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course extends the level I introduction to electricity and magnetism. Circuit theory: revision of Kirchhoff's laws, RLC and AC circuits; complex impedance and AC circuits; filters, transfer functions. Vector analysis; index notation, line, surface and volume integrals; curvilinear coordinates; Gauss and Stokes theorem, Gauss's law, Dirac delta function; vector rotation and tensors. Electrostatics and electric potential, Poisson and Laplace equations, boundary value problems and method of images, magnetostatics, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, electramagnaetic waves.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PHYSICS 2534
    Course Electromagnetism II
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemistry & Physics
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7 hours per week
    Prerequisites PHYSICS 2510, MATHS 2102 or MATHS 2201, MATHS 2101 - Other students may apply to Head of Physics for exemption
    Corequisites MATHS 2202 (if MATHS 2101 has not been completed)
    Course Description This course extends the level I introduction to electricity and magnetism.
    Circuit theory: revision of Kirchhoff's laws, RLC and AC circuits; complex impedance and AC circuits; filters, transfer functions.
    Vector analysis; index notation, line, surface and volume integrals; curvilinear coordinates; Gauss and Stokes theorem, Gauss's law, Dirac delta function; vector rotation and tensors.
    Electrostatics and electric potential, Poisson and Laplace equations, boundary value problems and method of images, magnetostatics, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell's equations, electramagnaetic waves.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Veitch

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. determine the transient and AC response of circuits containing R, L and C components;
    2. use methods of vector calculus to solve problems in electromagnetism;
    3. describe and explain the relationship between the electric field and the electrostatic potential, and the interaction of electric fields with matter, electric polarization, E and D fields;
    4. describe and explain the generation of magnetic fields by electrical currents, and the interaction of magnetic fields with matter, magnetization, and B and H fields;
    5. describe and explain electrodynamics, and explain Maxwell’s equations in vacuum;
    6. make appropriate decisions about the experimental uncertainty associated with every measurement, and analyse uncertainties correctly;
    7. keep a scientific record of experimental work;
    8. analyse the results of experiments and reach non-trivial conclusions about them;
    9. work effectively in a small team to complete a complex set of tasks;
    10. communicate results orally and in writing.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1 – 8
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1 - 8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 6, 8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 9
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 6, 8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1 – 10
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6, 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8, 10
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Rojansky, V. Electromagnetic fields and waves
    Recommended Resources

    Griffiths, D. J. (1999) Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd Ed, (Prentice Hall)

    Duffin, W. J. Electricity and Magnetism (Chapter 10)

    Grant, I. S. and Phillips, W. R. Electromagnetism (Chapter 8)

    Cheng, D.K., Field and Wave Electromagnetics (Chapter 9)

    Online Learning

    MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course will be delivered by the following means:

    • Lectures 30 x 50-minute sessions with up to three sessions per week
    • Tutorials 11 x 50-minute sessions with one session per week
    • Practicals 6 x 4-hour sessions with one session per week for 6 weeks

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).

    Learning Activities Summary

    The course content will include the following:

    Coursework Content

    • Circuit Theory
      • Revision of Kirchhoff’s Rules
      • Thevenin’s theorem, Norton theorem
      • Complex impedance
      • Addition of impedances
      • Power in AC circuits, power factor and phase angle
      • Impedance matching
      • Input and output impedances
      • Transients in RC, RL and RLC circuits
      • Filters: transfer function, low pass, high pass
    • Electromagnetism
      • Vector calculus: gradient, divergence, Laplacian, curl, Dirac delta function
      • Index notation: the Kronecker Delta, the Levi- Civita symbol, symmetry and anti-symmetry, Einstein summation convention
      • Applications of index notation: Dot and Cross product, matrix determinant, BAC CAB rule, Curl of Curl, Grad of Div, Div of Curl, Curl of Grad
      • Integral calculus: line, surface and volume integrals, Gauss’ theorem, Stokes’ theorem
      • Curvilinear coordinates, Jacobian matrix aspects, properties of the rotation matrix
      • Electrostatics: Gauss’ Law, electric potential, Poisson’s and Laplace’s equations, work and energy in electrostatics
      • Electric fields in matter: polarization, electric displacement, linear dielectrics
      • Magnetostatics: Conservation of charge, continuity equation, Lorentz force law, Biot-Savart law, Ampere's force law, Ampere's law, magnetic dipole
      • Magnetic fields in matter: magnetization, torques and forces on dipoles, H field, magnetic susceptibility and permeability
      • Electrodynamics: Ohm’s law, the Electromotive Force, Faraday’s law, inductance, energy in magnetic fields
      • Maxwell’s equations in vacuum and matter
      • Electromagnetic waves: wave equation, plane wave
    • Practical work (6 sessions)
      Experiments carried out in groups of two students, selected from
      • Signal and spectra
      • Electrical oscillations
      • Input/output resistance
      • Diodes and applications
      • AC potentiometer
      • Hall Effect
      • Ferromagnetism
      • Motion of a charged particle in a magnetic field
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment taskType of assessmentPercentage of total assessment for grading purposesHurdle (Yes/No)Outcomes being assessed
    Test 1 (Circuit Theory) Summative 15% No 1 - 10
    Test 2 (Electromagnetism) Formative & Summative Min 5% - Max 13% No 2 - 5, 10
    Tutorial preparation Formative & Summative Min 5% - Max 10% No 1 - 5, 10
    Practical work Formative & Summative 18% Yes *** 6 - 10
    Final Exam Summative Min 44% - Max 57% Yes (40%) 2 - 5, 10
    Assessment Related Requirements

    To obtain a grade of Pass or better in this course, a student must maintain a suitable logbook for at least 5 practical sessions during the semester, attend the examination and achieve at least 40% in the final exam.

    Assessment Detail

    The circuit theory component is assessed by a 45 minute closed-book test during semester. The test contributes 15% of the final grade.

    There is no circuit theory component in the final exam.

    There is a 45 minute closed-book test on the electromagnetism component. This test has a formative and summative role and addresses essential aspects of the learning objectives. This test contributes up to 13% of the final assessment; poor performance may be partly redeemed by superior performance in the final exam.

    Tutorial preparation
    There are 11 tutorials contributing up to a total of 10% of the final assessment. Students need to hand in a copy of their attempt at the tutorial by 4 pm on the night before their tutorial. The attempt is assessed based on effort and contributes 5% to the final mark. The remaining 5% is determined by the student’s attendance and participation in the tutorial.

    Final exam
    This summative assessment activity comprehensively addresses learning objectives 1 - 10.

    Practical work (Practical achievement and practical reports)
    Students work on an experiment until it is completed and they have an adequate report in their log book. Demonstrators provide formative assessment as the students are doing each experiment. Each student then selects one completed experiment and writes an extended lab report. The log book and report are assessed summatively.



    Submission of Assigned Work
    Coversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Coversheets can be obtained from the School Office (room G33 Physics) or from MyUNI. Work should be submitted via the assignment drop box at the School Office.

    Extensions for Assessment Tasks
    Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a replacement examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. 

    Late submission of assessments

    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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