# Syllabus for Electromagnetism and Wave Physics

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## Syllabus

• 10 credits
• Course code: 1FA528
• Education cycle: First cycle
• Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G1F, Technology G1F
• Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
• Established: 2010-03-16
• Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
• Applies from: week 31, 2010
• Entry requirements: Linear algebra and geometry I, Single variable calculus, Several variable analysis, Scientific Computing I, Mechanics.
• Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

## Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be familiar with basic concepts within electromagnetism and wave physics to be able to:

• carry out electric and magnetic field calculations in certain basic geometries and with certain boundary conditions

• calculate static and time-dependent currents in basic circuits containing resistors, capacitors and inductors

• handle the most common electrical measurement instruments

• identify and describe the characteristics of wave motion both for propagating and standing waves, mechanical as well as electromagnetic

• describe and treat physical concepts within acoustics and geometrical optics

• make basic calculations on interference- and diffraction phenomena when the wave source is coherent and be able to describe applications of these in everyday life

## Content

Electromagnetism and Wave Physics constitutes a basis for continued studies in physics, electrical engineering and materials science and include:

• Electrostatics: electric charge and fields electric potential, electric dipole Gauss law. Capacitors, electrostatic energy.

• Electric current: Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws, RC circuits.

• Magnetic fields and forces. Overview of magnetic materials.

• Electromagnetic induction: Inductance. LR-circuits.

• Alternating current: Impedances with phase shifts over RLC-components. Alternating current power. The ideal transformer. Overview of three-phase electric power and electrical safety.

• Basic concepts for mechanical/acoustic waves: phase and group velocity, superposition, propagating and standing waves, wave beating, doppler effect.

• Electromagnetic waves and optics: Reflection, refraction, dispersion. Geometrical optics, optical instruments. Polarisation. Interference and diffraction.

Laboratory work:

• Electrical measurement techniques and measuring instruments.

• Capacitor experiments.

• Induction.

• Alternating current.

• Polarisation.

• Beam optics.

• Wave optics.

Projects with electrical applications

## Instruction

Lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work. Projects.

## Assessment

Written examination at the end of the different parts of the course: Electromagnetism (4 HE credits), Wave Physics (2 HE credits). Laboratory work: Electromagnetism (1.5+1.5 HE credits), Wave Physics (1 HE credits). The final grade is based on laboratory reports and written assignments form together with the written examinations.