King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Calculus, Mathematics, Physics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Module description:
    Syllabus Outline:
    Electrostatics and Magnetostatics of linear, isotropic media. Electrostatic potential V. Dielectric polarisation
    P. The electric displacement D. Relative permittivity. Boundary conditions and Capacitance (including
    inhomogeneous media). Magnetic field strength H and induction B. Magnetostatic vector potential A. Magnetic
    materials; dia-, para- and ferro-magnetism. Magnetisation M, magnetic susceptibility and permeability.
    Electrodynamics. Maxwell's equations and the displacement current. The plane wave solution. Propagation of plane
    waves in media. Complex refractive index. Wave polarisation. Poynting's theorem. Electrodynamic potentials and
    the Lorentz gauge. Retarded time. Introduction to radiation from antennas - the Hertzian dipole.
    Aims and Objectives
    This course is an introduction to classical electrostatic, magnetostatic, and electromagnetic phenomena. Although
    an effort is made to revisit the main elements of elementary mechanics and vector calculus, a good grasp of the
    fundamental notions of calculus, vector manipulation, kinematics, forces and scalar potentials are necessary for
    this course. In turn, the course prepares the students for the third year courses where electromagnetic fields
    are encountered, particularly those including an in-depth quantum mechanical description of the interaction of
    charged particles with electromagnetic fields (these include e.g., the Solid State Physics, Spectroscopy and
    Optics modules). By the end of the course, the students should be able to solve physics problems involving
    electrostatics, magnetostatics, Maxwell Equations, and the propagation of electromagnetic waves.

    Assessment: written examination/s

    One 90 minute examination

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