Syllabus for Electromagnetism I

Elektromagnetism I

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA514
  • 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: 2007-03-19
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2015-05-07
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 32, 2015
  • Entry requirements: Linear Algebra and Geometry I, Single Variable Calculus, Scientific Computing I (MATLAB), Mechanics I (force, energy, particle motion). Knowledge of line and surface integrals from the course Several Variable Calculus is needed. This course can be studied simultaneously with Electromagnetism I.
    The course Measuring Techniques or Electrical Measuring Techniques is strongly recommended.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

Electromagnetism is a fundamental part of classical physics with considerable technological applications. The course constitutes a basis for further studies in physics, electrical engineering and materials science.

After passing the course, the student will be able to

  • account for basic theories in electrostatics, electrical circuits, stationary electromagnetism and electromagnetic induction,
  • performing calculations of electric and magnetic fields in space in some selected geometries with boundary conditions.
  • performing calculations of stationary and time-dependent electrical currents in selected circuits containing resistors, capacitors, and inductors.
  • accounting for the operational principles of common electrical devices.
  • handling the most common instruments for electrical measurements.


Electrostatics: electric charge and electric field electric potential, electric dipole Gauss’s law for electric field on integral form. Capacitors, electrostatic energy.
Electric current: Ohm's law, resistivity and conductivity. Kirchhoff's laws, electromotive force. Charging and discharging of capacitors, RC circuits. Overview of AC circuits, AC power and the ideal transformer.
Stationary electromagnetism: magnetic fields and flux density and magnetic forces. Ampere's law for B-field on integral form and magnetic materials.
Electromagnetic induction: Faraday's and Lenz' laws. Inductance. LR circuits.
Principles of electric motors. Overview about safety considerations in electricity. Electric measurement techniques.


Lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work. Guest lecture.


Laboratory exercises (1 credit)
Written examination at the end of the course (4 credits) and a non-compulsory half-time examination. Passing the half-time examination will give the student a bonus which is only valid at the final examination at the end of the course and at the first scheduled re-examination.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 20, 2015

  • Sears and Zemansky's university physics : with modern physics. Young, Hugh D.; Freedman, Roger A.; Ford, A. Lewis; Sears, Francis Weston

    13th ed., international edition: San Francisco: Pearson Addison Wesley, cop. 2012

    Find in the library


  • Nordling, Carl; Österman, Jonny Physics handbook for science and engineering

    8., [rev.] ed.: Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2006

    Find in the library


  • Kompendium

    Institutionen för fysik och astronomi,