|Prof. R.J. Hicken|
|Credits:||15 NICATS / 7.5 ECTS|
|Enrolment:||56 students (approx)|
This is the second electromagnetism module taken by Physics students. It builds on PHY2021 (Electromagnetism I) and covers fundamental physics that students are capable of directly observing. The early part of the module provides a brief recap and reinforces the difficult material treated at the end of PHY2021. The Maxwell equations are stated and manipulated to obtain the wave equation, and the form of the solutions discussed. The dielectric and magnetic properties of solids are then introduced, with emphasis on the frequency dependence of their real and imaginary components, and the consequences for wave propagation. Wave propagation at interfaces between dissimilar materials is considered, leading to derivation of Fresnel reflection and transmission coefficients. The need to guide electromagnetic waves of different frequency is discussed, and guiding by transmission lines, waveguides and optical fibers is introduced. Finally the electromagnetic fields generated by charges moving with uniform or oscillatory velocity are discussed. A number of interesting physical phenomena are considered that are important in a wide variety of areas and in many key technologies. This is a core subject for Physics programmes and is supported by Stage 3 tutorials and problems classes.
The module aims to develop students' understanding of Maxwell's equations and their applications including some advanced topics. Specifically, students will get to the point where they can handle the fundamentals of fields due to moving charges and also to begin to explore the interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter.
A student who has passed this module should be able to:
|Description||Study time||KIS type|
|20×1-hour lectures||20 hours||SLT|
|2×1-hour problems/revision classes||2 hours||SLT|
|3×1-hour tutorials||3 hours||SLT|
|5×6-hour self-study packages||30 hours||GIS|
|4×4-hour problem sets||16 hours||GIS|
|Reading, private study and revision||79 hours||GIS|
|0%||Guided self-study||5×6-hour packages||Fortnightly||1-10||Discussion in tutorials|
|0%||4 × Problems sets||4 hours per set||Fortnightly||1-10||Solutions discussed in problems classes.|
|100%||Final Examination||2 hours 30 minutes||January||1-10||Mark via MyExeter, collective feedback via ELE and solutions.|
The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that students are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Instructor(s).
|Pre-requisite Modules||Electromagnetism I (PHY2021)|
Re-assessment is not available except when required by referral or deferral.
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Time scale for re-assessment|
|Whole module||Written examination (100%)||1-10||August/September assessment period|
Notes: See Physics Assessment Conventions.
|IoP Accreditation Checklist||
|Distance learning||YES (see PHY3054)|
|Keywords||Physics; Maxwell's equations; Electromagnetic fields; Waves; Radiation; Properties of matter.|