Classical electromagnetic theory is developed in terms of Maxwell’s equations, and applied to the description of dielectric and magnetic materials. The wave theory of optics, originating from electromagnetism, is explored with examples including interference, diffraction and coherence.
This paper develops the classical theory of electromagnetism in terms of Maxwell's equations, both in vacuum and in media. A major emphasis is placed on the use of vector calculus and its related integral theorems to solve for electric and magnetic fields. The formal similarity of electrostatic and magnetostatic problems is shown, and principles of symmetry and superposition are used to facilitate solution. Electromagnetic induction and the energy of electromagnetic fields are introduced. Fundamental concepts in optics are developed in terms of electromagnetism, including light propagation, interference, reflection, refraction, transmission at interfaces, and applications in diffraction.
|Paper title||Electromagnetism and Optics|
|Teaching period||Second Semester|
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|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,858.95|
- PHSI 132 and (MATH 160 or MATH 170)
- PHSI 262
- Recommended Preparation
- MATH 170
- Schedule C
- It is strongly recommended that students taking PHSI 231 or PHSI 232 have passed MATH 170 or are enrolled in MATH 170 and have a B grade or better in MATH 160.
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- Teaching staff
- Course Co-ordinator:Associate Professor
Dr Harald Schwefel
- Griffiths, D.J. Introduction to Electrodynamics, Fourth edition, Addison-Wesley
Peatross, J. and Ware, M., Physics of Light and Optics, 2015 edition, available free at optics.byu.edu
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- Learning Outcomes
- After completing this paper students 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
- Present written, logical and clear solutions to problems in electrostatics, magnetostatics, induced electromagnetic fields and basic wave optics
- Solve steady state problems in electromagnetism by utilising symmetries, vector calculus and its integral theorems
- Solve simple problems for induced electromagnetic fields using both differential and integral forms of Maxwell's equations
- Understand foundational concepts of optics in terms of Maxwell's equations and be able to solve simple problems of wave propagation, diffraction and interference