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PHSI222 Electromagnetism

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Maxwell's equations applied to the description of electric and magnetic fields in vacuum and matter: electrostatics, magnetostatics, electric and magnetic susceptibilities of materials, energy stored in fields, induction, electromagnetic wave propagation.

Paper title Electromagnetism
Paper code PHSI222
Subject Physics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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(MATH 160 or MATH 170), one of PHSI 31, PHSI 132, PHSI 191
PHSI 232
Recommended Preparation
MATH 170, 203
Schedule C
It is strongly recommended that students taking PHSI222 have a B grade or better in MATH160 or 170.

Teaching staff

Teaching staff to be advised


Griffiths, D.J. Introduction to Electrodynamics, Fourth edition, Addison-Wesley

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will be able to

  • State the time-dependent Maxwell's equations in vacuum and in media and understand their significance in providing the framework of classical electromagnetism
  • Solve steady state problems in electromagnetism by utilising symmetries, vector calculus and its integral theorems
  • Understand and apply techniques for solving Poisson's equation in electrostatics
  • Derive electromagnetic wave equations in dielectrics and conductors
  • Solve simple problems for induced electromagnetic fields using both differential and integral forms of Maxwell's equations
  • Understand the propagation of electromagnetic waves through a variety of media and across boundaries between media
  • Present written, logical and clear solutions to problems in electrostatics, magnetostatics, induced electromagnetic fields and basic wave dynamics

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Friday 16:00-16:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41
A2 Thursday 14:00-15:50 28-34, 36-41