King's College London
Area of Study
Calculus, Mathematics, Physics
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
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
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
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