Electricity and Magnetism

Module code: PA1130
Module co-ordinator: Dr Jonathan Nichols

So many aspects of modern life are reliant on electrical power and electromagnetic waves that we often take these things for granted. The laws that allow us to understand the behaviour of electrical charges and magnets, and which explain how electrical currents can be generated by magnets, or how electromagnetic waves propagate, are contained in Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism. In this module we will explore the fundamental laws of electricity and magnetism, including an introduction to Maxwell’s equations.

Topics covered

  • Electrostatics
  • Currents and capacitance
  • Magnetic fields
  • Electromagnetic induction
  • Maxwell’s equations

Learning

  • 16 hours of lectures
  • 4 hours of seminars
  • 10 hours of practicals/workshops
  • 120 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Coursework (30%)
  • Exam, 2 hours (70%)