PHYS204 Electromagnetism 1

Updated: 06 December 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites [(PHYS121 or PHYS131) and (PHYS122 or PHYS132) and ([MATH101 or MTHS120] and [MATH102 or MTHS130]) and PMTH212]; or candidature in BEd(InServConv) and PHYS131 and PHYS132 and approval of the head of school; or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites AMTH246
Restrictions PHYS204A or PHYS404
Notes None
Combined Units PHYS404 - Electromagnetism 1
Coordinator(s) Stephen Bosi (
Unit Description

This unit deals with classical electromagnetism. It includes considerations of: electrostatic fields in free space and in dielectrics; magnetic fields due to steady and varying currents; electromagnetic induction; magnetic materials; Maxwell's equations and the propagation of electromagnetic waves.

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
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Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. describe and understand the basic concepts underpinning electricity and magnetism such as potential and field;
  2. understand the relationship between electric and magnetic fields;
  3. calculate the electrostatic and magnetic fields produced by static and moving charges in a variety of simple configurations;
  4. see how the theory describing electricity and magnetism relates to other areas in physics;
  5. identify appropriate theoretical techniques to solve a range of different problems in electromagnetism;
  6. apply those theoretical techniques to solve electromagnetism problems; and
  7. demonstrate a range of manipulative, observational, interpretive, written and graphical communication skills.