PHYSICS 2534 - Electromagnetism II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 2534 Course Electromagnetism II Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites PHYSICS 2510, MATHS 2102 or MATHS 2106, MATHS 2101 - Other students may apply to Head of Physics for exemption 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, electromagnetic waves.
Course Coordinator: Professor Derek Leinweber
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- determine the transient and AC response of circuits containing R, L and C components;
- use methods of vector calculus to solve problems in electromagnetism;
- describe and explain the relationship between the electric field and the electrostatic potential;
- describe and explain the generation of magnetic fields by electrical currents;
- describe and explain electrodynamics, and explain Maxwell’s equations in vacuum;
- make appropriate decisions about the experimental uncertainty associated with every measurement, and analyse uncertainties correctly;
- keep a scientific record of experimental work;
- analyse the results of experiments and reach non-trivial conclusions about them;
- work effectively in a small team to complete a complex set of tasks;
- 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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
2, 7, 9, 10
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Griffiths, D. J. (1999) Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd Ed, (Prentice Hall)
Rojansky, V. Electromagnetic fields and waves
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)
MyUni: Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).
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:
- 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
- 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
- Magnetostatics: Conservation of charge, continuity equation, Lorentz force law, Biot-Savart law, Ampere's force law, Ampere's law, magnetic dipole
- Maxwell’s equations in vacuum.
- 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
- Motion of a charged particle in a magnetic field
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Asessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Outcomes being assessed Test 1 (Circuit Theory) Summative 15% No 1 - 10 Test 2 (Electromagnetism) Formative & Summative 11% No 2 - 5, 10 Workshop preparation Formative & Summative 11% No Weekly Practical work Formative & Summative 18% Yes *** 6 - 10 End of Semester Test Summative Min 45% 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.
The circuit theory component is assessed by a 45 minute test during semester. The test contributes 15% of the final grade. There is no circuit theory component in the final exam.
The electromagnetism component is assessed by a 45 minute test.. This test has a formative and summative role and addresses essential aspects of the learning objectives. This test contributes 11% of the final assessment.
There are 11 tutorials contributing 11% of the final assessment. Students need to hand in a copy of their work on the tutorial questions by 4 pm on Monday in the drop box by the School Front Office. The work is assessed on both effort and the correct implementation of course concepts.
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.
End of Semester Test
This summative assessment activity comprehensively addresses learning objectives 1 - 10.
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.
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.
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