Electromagnetism and Quantum Physics
Area of Study
Taught In English
MATH235 and PHYS201 and PHYS202
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe first part of this unit deals with the classical theory of electromagnetism, which is the first successful unified theory in physics. This is an extension of the work covered in PHYS202. The theory offers solutions to an enormous range of problems in electromagnetism and optics from research to industry. Topics include: special techniques for calculating potentials; scalar and vector potentials; Maxwell's equations for electrodynamics; energy and momentum in electrodynamics (Poynting's theorem); electromagnetic waves in vacuum and materials; and the generation of electromagnetic radiation. The second part deals with the fascinating world of quantum physics, providing a modern introduction to quantum mechanics. As well as being the theory that underlies most of modern physics, it also provides a viewpoint about the nature of the physical world that is completely at odds with our familiar concepts. The material covered here aims to provide an introduction to the basic ideas of quantum mechanics and the mathematical language that is needed to describe the new physics it contains. Extensive laboratory work covering both electromagnetism and quantum physics is a core activity, giving students the opportunity to explore experimental physics using a wide variety of measurement techniques and equipment.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.