Electromagnetism & Special Project (Adv) (PHYS3941)

UNIT OF STUDY

The lectures cover the theory of electromagnetism, one of the cornerstones of classical physics. They introduce Maxwell's equations in their differential form, using the power of vector calculus. The main application will be to electromagnetic waves, including reflection and absorption, which have application in fields such as optics, plasma physics and astrophysics. The project is carried out in a research group within the School of Physics, working on a research experiment or theoretical project supervised by a researcher. The aim is for students to acquire an understanding of the nature of research, to apply their knowledge of physics and scientific practice, and to serve as preparation for a research project at Honours level and beyond.

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Classes

Nineteen 1-hour lectures, 4 hours per week with a research group.

Assessment

One 1.5 hour exam, assignments, project report and talk (100%).

Textbooks

Griffiths, DJ. Introduction to Electrodynamics. Third Edition.

Faculty/department permission required?

Yes

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(PHYS2011 or PHYS2911) and (PHYS2012 or PHYS2912) with average of at least 70; (MATH2061 or MATH2961 or MATH2067)

Prohibitions

PHYS3011, PHYS3911, PHYS3918, PHYS3961, PHYS3928, PHYS3940, PHYS3040

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