- Code PHYS3102
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Physics Education Centre
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Photonics, Physics
- Academic career UGRD
- Prof John Close
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2019
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The course will be taught in flipped classroom mode with content on line, one tutorial per week and one compulsory three hour workshop per week. Content will focus on concepts, solutions practical application of Maxwell's time dependent equations of eletrodynamics to topical areas such as classical optics and atom optics. Content will also include the relativistic formulation of Maxwell's equations and application of the relativistic formulation of Maxwell's equations. This course is a prerequisite for PHYS3057 and PHYS3070. This course is one of the 3rd year
options for the physics major, and is recommended for those intending to do honours in Physics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Have an advanced understanding of Maxwell's equations and have gained practical experience in solving.
Maxwell's equations using analytic and numerical techniques.
- Understand the wave solutions of electromagnetism and their relevance to optics including propagation of electromagnetic waves in materials, birefringence, boundary conditions at material interfaces and reflection and transmission of waves at interfaces, polarisation, spatial phase, coherence, Fourier theory and spatial filtering, Maxwell stress tensor and mechanical forces exerted by electromagnetic waves, radiation from time dependent charge distributions.
- Covariant (relativistic formulation) of electrodynamics including four vectors, the electromagnetic field tensor, Lagrangians and fields, gauge transformations and symmetries.
- Application of the covariant formulation of electricity and magnetism to brehmstrahlung and related effects
- Explain the purpose and advantages of writing physical laws in tensor form.
- Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills and be able to research and explain scientific concepts.
Indicative AssessmentAssessment will be based on:
- Assignments 20% (LO 1-4)
- Mid term Exam 30% (LO 1-5)
- Final Exam 30% (LO 1-5)
- Report 20% (LO 1-6)
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WorkloadThe course will be taught in flipped classroom (blended) mode:
1 hour of tutorial per week.
3 hours of mandatory workshop per week.
2 hours of on-line content and background reading per week.
4 hours of work on assignments per week.
Total 10 hours per week effort should earn an average student an average grade in this course.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsIntroduction to electrodynamics 4th edition, David J Griffiths, Prentice Hall, SBN-10: 9332550441.
Classical electrodynamics, 3rd edition, J. D. Jackson, Wiley, ISBN-10: 8126510943.
Preliminary ReadingPart 1 (first 8 chapters) of Introduction to electrodynamics 4th edition, David J Griffiths, Prentice Hall, SBN-10: 9332550441.
Assumed KnowledgeMulti variable calculus.
Ordinary and partial differential equations and the solution of boundary value problems
Vector calculus including gradient, divergence and curl, Stoke's theorem and the divergence
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