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Electromagnetism and Special Relativity FYS300

This subject gives an introduction to electromagnetism and special relativity.

Course description for study year 2021-2022

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Language of instruction

English, Norwegian

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.

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.

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 A - F Specified printed and hand-written means are allowed. Definite, basic calculator allowed

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Tomas Brauner
Head of Department: Bjørn Henrik Auestad
Method of work
6 hours of lectures and exercises per week.
Open for
Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Computer Science- Bachelor's degree programme in computer science Control Engineering and Circuit Design, Vocational Path Control Engineering and Circuit Design - Bachelor's Degree Programme Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme Mathematics and Physics - Bachelor's Degree Programme Mathematics and Physics, 5-year integrated Master's Programme
Course assessment
Form and/or discussion.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Electromagnetism (BIT240) 5
The syllabus can be found in Leganto