Electromagnetism and Special Relativity (FYS300)

This subject gives an introduction to electromagnetism and special relativity.

Course description for study year 2024-2025. Please note that changes may occur.


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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian


Electrostatics: electric field and potential. Electric currents and resistance, electric networks. Magnetic fields. Electromagnetic induction, alternating-current circuits. Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves. Electric and magnetic fields in matter.

The special principle of relativity. Lorentz transformations and the transformation of velocity. Relativistic momentum and energy. Relativistic electromagnetism.

Learning outcome

When she/he has finished this subject the student shall be able to:

  • Formulate the fundamental laws of electromagnetism.
  • Be able to solve simple problems from electromagnetism using different mathematical methods.
  • Be able to explain the special principle of relativity and which consequences this has for mechanics and electromagnetism.

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS100 Mechanics, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1, MAT300 Vector Analysis

Recommended prerequisites

MAT200 Mathematical Methods 2, MAT210 Real and Complex Calculus


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades Specified printed and hand-written means are allowed. Definite, basic calculator allowed

The exam is a school exam (pen and paper)

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator:

Alexander Karl Rothkopf

Head of Department:

Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

6 hours of lectures and exercises per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Electromagnetism (BIT240_1) 5

Open for

Civil Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Computer Science - Bachelor in Engineering Electrical Engineering, Vocational Path - Bachelor in Engineering Electrical Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Environmental Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering Mathematics and Physics - Five Year Integrated Master's Degree Programme

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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