Electromagnetism and Temperature and Matter

School of Physics and Astronomy

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Code 19750

Level of study First Year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Module description

Electromagnetism: The main aim of this module is to understand electricity and magnetism using the concept of a field in both static and time-dependent situations. This will lead to an understanding of the integral forms of Maxwell's equations, and of the motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields.

Temperature and Matter: This module explains some of the thermal and mechanical properties of matter in terms of the interactions between the atoms of which it is made: how are solids, liquids and gases related? The understanding we arrive at will also be quantitative, allowing calculations such as: how big is an atom? What is the air pressure at 10,000 m?

Electric Circuits: Electric circuits are important both in the home and the laboratory. The course will deal with direct current networks of resistors, voltage and current sources. Steady state solutions for alternating current circuits comprised of resitors, inductors and capacitors will be analysed in terms of complex impedances.