6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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School of Physics and Astronomy
Dr Scott Findlay (unit coordinator)
Dr Russell Anderson (laboratory coordinator)
Dr Timothy Petersen (computation workshop coordinator)
- Second semester 2017 (Day)
Electromagnetism and optics fundamentally underpin such modern communication technologies as radio, cellular phones, GPS, Wi-Fi, laser and optical fibres.
- Electromagnetism: classical electromagnetic theory; Maxwell's equations; Gauss's law; Faraday's law; Ampere-Maxwell law; electric and magnetic fields in vacuum; electric and magnetic fields in matter; electrodynamics.
- Optics: geometric ray tracing; optical cavities; electromagnetic waves; Gaussian beam propagation; multiple-beam interference; polarisation; birefringence.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Explain and apply the key concepts of electricity, magnetism and optics to a variety of phenomena.
- Demonstrate awareness of scientific computing methods and visualisation techniques for modelling physical systems, and use computers as a tool to solve problems in optics and electromagnetism.
- Use modern instruments and methods to acquire, manipulate and interpret physical data, and draw evidence based conclusions.
- Write scientific reports at a level suitable for publication.
Examination (3 hours): 40% + Assignments: 30% + Practical work: 30% + Hurdle requirement: Students must achieve a pass mark in the practical component to achieve an overall pass grade.
- Two 1-hour lectures per week
- One 2-hour laboratory class per week
- One 2-hour class per week - alternating between a computational class and a tutorial
- Six hours of independent study per week
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