Course code PHYS2260Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

The laws of electromagnetism govern the behaviour and interaction of electric and magnetic fields which are fundamental to existing and new technologies such as lasers, TV and radar. The purpose of this course is to provide an understanding of these physical laws. You will be introduced to the basic concepts and ideas of electromagnetism and will use a range of mathematical tools to quantitatively investigate electromagnetic phenomena.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will have:

1. Knowledge and understanding of Electromagnetism Laws.
2. Competency in using the essential mathematical skills needed for describing Electromagnetic phenomena
3. Problem solving skills applied to electromagnetism.
4. Laboratory-based competency in electromagnetism
5. An appreciation of the influence of electromagnetism on modern scientific development.
6. An interest in the role of electromagnetism in the everyday world.
7. Oral and written communication skills
8. Worked effectively and responsibly in a team
Content" Review of multivariable calculus tools
" Fundamental electrostatics
" Laplace and Poisson boundary value problems
" Electric current
" Insulators
" Fundamental Magnetostatics
" Magnetic materials
" Electromagnetic induction
" Alternating current circuits
" Maxwell's equations and EM waves in free space
Replacing Course(s)PHYS2220 Quantum Mechanics and Electromagnetism (one half)
TransitionStudents who fail PHYS2220 will be advised to enrol in either of the new courses PHYS2210 Electromagnetism or PHYS2170 Quantum Mechanics and Semiconductor Physics. A decision on which course students will need to complete will be made by the Head of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences (or delegate) and will be based on relative performance in the two topics of PHYS2220 (Quantum Mechanics and Electromagnetism).
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS1210, PHYS1220, and successfull completion of or concurrent enrolment in MATH2310
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Presentations - Group
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 7 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PHYS2260