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Electricity and Magnetism

Semester 2

This is a calculus-based course covering the basic laws and phenomena in Electricity and Magnetism.


Electricity and Magnetism (18 Lectures):

  • Electric field and potential:
    • The electric field E due to extended charge distributions;
    • Integral and differential expressions relating the electric potential V to the E field;
    • Potential due to a dipole and other extended charge distributions.
  • Gauss’ Law:
    • Application to problems with spherical, cylindrical and rectangular symmetry.
  • Capacitance:
    • Calculation of the capacitance of various capacitors;
    • Energy stored in a capacitor; RC circuits;
    • Time constant
  • Magnetism:
    • Magnetic force on current-carrying wire and its application to cases needing calculus treatment;
    • Magnetic torque on a current loop;
    • Magnetic moment of a current loop;
    • The Hall-Effect;
    • Biot-Savart Law and Ampere’s Law, and their application to long current-carrying wire, loop, and solenoid.
  • Electromagnetic Induction:
    • Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law; Electro-magnetic induction and its applications;
    • Self Induction;
    • Inductance;
    • RL circuits
  • Electromagnetic Oscillations and Alternating Currents:
    • LC Oscillation;
    • Damped oscillation in an RLC circuit;
    • Alternating current;
    • Forced oscillation;
    • RLC circuits;
    • Power in AC circuits;
    • The Transformer;
    • Introduction to the Electromagnetic wave.

One 3-hour theory examination paper                                    60%

Two 1-hour in-course tests - (15% each)                                30%

Laboratory Report (Averaged of 6 labs at 10% each)            10%

Learning Objectives: 

After completing this course, students should be able to:  

  • Perform quantitative analyses of basic problems in Electrostatics and Electrodynamics.
  • Apply Gauss’s Law, Ampere’s Law, and Biot-Savart Law to solving practical problems in electricity and magnetism.
  • Calculate energy storage in capacitors
  • Derive the time constants of Resistor-Capacitor circuits
  • Explain and analyze the behavior of alternating currents in RLC circuits.
  • Perform and interpret the results of simple experiments and demonstrations of physical principles.
CAPE/A-Level Physics or PHYS0411 and PHYS0412 and PHYS 0421 and PHYS 0422 or CSEC Physics with CAPE/A-Level Math

Required Textbook:

Halliday, Resnick, and Walker; “Fundamentals of Physics Extended”; 8th Edition, 2007. ISBN 978-0-471-75801-3

Alternative text   
Paul A. Tipler and  Gene Mosca,Physics for Scientists and Engineers. 6th Edition, 2007. ISBN-10: 0716789647.

Internet Sources:

    1.      Introductory Electromagnetics:

2.    Online lectures:

3.    Online tutorials:

Course Code: 
3 Credits
Level 1
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