The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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


  • 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

Assumed knowledge

PHYS1210, PHYS1220, and successfull completion of or concurrent enrolment in MATH2310

Assessment items

Presentation: Group Project and Presentation

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory Reports

Written Assignment: Written Assignments

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course students must complete a compulsory safety induction.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks

8 weeks includes Introductory lab session


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1