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PHY1024 : Introductory Electromagnetism

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Aleksey Kozikov
  • Owning School: Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To give an understanding of electromagnetic fields, the resultant forces, the origins of electricity and magnetism, and the theorems required to evaluate field properties symbolically and quantitatively.

Outline Of Syllabus


- Origin of charge and forces between charges:- electric field, potential energy, capacitance, dielectrics, electric flux, dispersion and circulation

- Coulomb’s a and Gauss’ laws

Magnetic Fields

- The concept of a magnetic field, dispersion and circulation, circuit laws, flow concepts, flux, inductance, flux density, magnetomotive force, magnetomotive force gradient

- Ampere’s, Biot-Savart, Faraday’s and Gauss’ laws for magnetism

- Maxwell’s equations

- Magnetic materials including ferromagnetism and hysteresis

- Forces of attraction and alignment; force on current carrying conductors

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00Review of online delivered content
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion281:0028:00Completion of in course assignments/ examination revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture21:002:00Revision Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Formal Lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops91:009:00Problem-solving workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Completion of online formative problem-solving workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study211:0021:00Preparation time for lectures, background reading, coursework review
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods are appropriate to allow students to develop a wide range of skills, from understanding basic concepts and facts to higher-order thinking.

Lectures are used for the delivery of theory and explanation of methods, illustrated with examples, and for giving general feedback on marked work. Active participation in problem-solving workshops will help students to develop problem-solving skills.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1202A60n/a
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M10Problem-solving exercises assessment
Prob solv exercises2M10Problem-solving exercises assessment
Prob solv exercises2M10Problem-solving exercises assessment
Prob solv exercises2M10Problem-solving exercises assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A substantial formal unseen examination is appropriate for the assessment of the material in this module. The format of the examination will enable students to reliably demonstrate their own knowledge, understanding and application of learning outcomes. The assurance of academic integrity forms a necessary part of programme accreditation.

Examination problems may require a synthesis of concepts and strategies from different sections, while they may have more than one ways for solution. The examination time allows the students to test different strategies, work out examples and gather evidence for deciding on an effective strategy, while carefully articulating their ideas and explicitly citing the theory they are using.

The coursework assignments allow the students to develop their problem solving techniques, to practise the methods learnt in the module, to assess their progress and to receive feedback; these assessments have a secondary formative purpose as well as their primary summative purpose.

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