PHYSICS 7536 - Electromagnetism
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 7536 Course Electromagnetism Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites PHYSICS 2510, MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2201, MATHS 2102 or MATHS 2202 Incompatible PHYSICS 3004, PHYSICS 3542 Assumed Knowledge PHYSICS 2532, PHYSICS 2534 Course Description This course develops concepts in electric field and scalar potential, magnetic field and vector potential, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic boundary conditions, electromagnetic wave equation, waveguides, energy in electromagnetism. Electromagnetic wave propagation in vacuum, conducting and dielectric media, and at interfaces.
Course Coordinator: Professor Bruce Dawson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1. define the various fields in electrostatics, magnetostatics and electrodynamics, and to understand how they are related;
2. explain propagation of electromagnetic waves in various environments;
3. apply Maxwell's Equations to selected problems;
4. use the tools, methodologies, language and conventions of physics to test and communicate ideas and explanations;
5. integrate several components of the course in the context of a new situation (unique to postgraduate coursework)
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-5 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-5 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
4 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3,4 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Griffiths, D.J. (2000): Introduction to Electrodynamics, 2nd or 3rd ed. (http://www.AbeBooks.com or http://www.alibris.com/)
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
- 2 Lectures of 1 hour each per week
- 1 Tutorial of 1 hour per week
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
Ø Electrostatics in vacuum (revision)
- Continuous charge distributions
- Gauss' law & Curl(E)
- Electric potential & Conservative fields
Ø Special solutions in electrostatics
- Poisson's and Laplace's equations
- Methods of relaxation & image charges
Ø Magnetostatics in vacuum
- Div(B) & Curl(B) (revision)
- Vector potential
Ø Time varying fields
- Flux rule and motional emf
- displacement current
Ø Maxwell's equations in vacuum
Ø Electrostatics in matter
- Electrostatic field energy
- Displacement field and polarisation
- Polarisation-gradient forces (Optical tweezers)
Ø Magnetostatics in matter
- H-field, magnetisation
- Magnetic energy
Ø Multipole expansion of potentials
Ø Poynting's theorem
Ø Maxwell's equations in matter
- Electromagnetic boundary conditions
Ø The wave equation
- Free space solution in vacuum
- Waveguides & transmission lines
- EM waves in conducting media
Ø Reflection at dielectric and conducting boundaries
Ø The Lorentz electron oscillator and dispersion
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
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Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment
Yes or No
Objectives being assessed / achieved Assignments, tests & online responses Formative & Summative 30 - 40% No 1 – 5 Exam Summative 60 - 70% No 1 – 4
While this course is offered concurrently to undergraduate students, all postgraduate students are expected to perform at a higher level both qualitatively and quantitatively. To facilitate this, postgraduate students are required to address additional content in the projects and the examination within the same timeframe as undergraduate students.
Assignments, Tests and online responses
The mix of assignments and tests will be decided at the start of the semester by negotiation with students. A combination of on-line responses, tests and summative assignments will be used during the semester to address understanding of and ability to use the course material and to provide students a benchmark for the progress in the course (30-40% of total course grade). Postgraduate students are required to complete additional assessment tasks within each assignment, test and online responses to demonstrate additional understanding of the course material, in particular the ability to integrate different course components in a novel context.
One 2-hour exam will be used to assess knowledge and understanding of and ability to use the material (60% of total course grade).
Poor performance in assignments and tests can be partially compensated by a higher weighting of the examination in the final assessment.
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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
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