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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.

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    Paper title Electromagnetism
    Subject Physics
    EFTS 0.1500
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
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    (MATH 130 or MATH 140), (or MATH 160 or MATH 170 prior to 2022) one of PHSI 131, PHSI 132, PHSI 191
    Pre or Corequisite
    MATH 140
    PHSI 232
    Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
    MATH 140 and MATH 203
    Schedule C
    It is strongly recommended that students taking PHSI222 have a B grade or better in MATH130 or 140.

    Teaching staff

    Course coordinator: Associate Professor Ashton Bradley
    Dr Philip Brydon


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

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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


    Semester 2

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