• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2019
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This course consists of an initial compulsory component, followed by a choice of units in the second half of the semester. This initial unit follows closely the text by Jackson. The aim will be to cover parts of the first 7 chapters, which span electrostatics, mathematical methods (Green's functions, method of images, separation of variables, orthogonal functions, integral transforms, gauge transformations), magnetostatics, electromagnetic theory (Maxwell’s equations, transformation properties, polarization, pulse spreading and dispersion), wave physics.

Topics available in the second half of the course include:
Electrodynamics - This topic addresses advance topics of electromagnetic theory beyond static electric and magnetic systems to dynamic time varying systems. It will cover special relativity for electromagnetic fields, radiation of electromagnetic waves by currents and relativistic particles. It will describe how Lorentz transformations can be applied not only to space-time but to a large number of other physical quantities. It will also cover the basic properties of the emission of radiation by localized systems of  oscillating charges and currents based on multipolar expansion approach

Non-linear Physics - This topic provides a broad introduction to the field of nonlinear physics, including nonlinear oscillations and waves, resonances and synchronisation, and deterministic chaos. Approximately half of the course closely follows the classic textbook on nonlinear dynamics by Prof. Strogatz (Cornell University). The course presents rigorous mathematical/computational tools as well as approximate and intuitive/geometrical methods of theoretical analysis. Practical real-life examples and research problems of contemporary physics are used to illustrate the application of theoretical concepts and methods

Electronics - This topic will tie together much of the physics learnt as an undergraduate in a practical setting. It will introduce the students to electronics practice in a physics research laboratory environment. The course concentrates on the processing of analog signals. Linear circuits are reviewed before moving on to active circuits. The active circuits are primarily investigated using operational amplifiers, though simple transistor circuits are also used. Concepts such as negative feedback, dynamic range, signal to noise ratios, filtering and analog to digital conversion are explored.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the completion of this subject, students should have the skills and knowledge to:

1. Develop an advanced understanding of electrodynamics
2. Acquire a mathematical toolset in vector calculus, integral transforms, and solutions of differential equations
3. Be able to solve electrodynamics problems in slab, cylindrical and spherical geometry.
4. Understand how to discretise problems and solve problems by computation
5. Understand, evaluate and describe the theories, concepts and principles of the current knowledge for the chosen topic.
6. Master appropriate analytical, theoretical and/or practical techniques to further their understanding and skills in the chosen topic.

Indicative Assessment

Assignment/labwork (40%) (LO1-6)
Exam (60%) (LO1-6)

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The course will consist of lectures, tutorials and labwork, depending on the optional unit selected. Total workload (including homework and study) will be kept to 8 hours per week, with typically 3 contact hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Physics Education Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

“Classical Electrodynamics” by J. D. Jackson

Assumed Knowledge

Students will be expected to have completed an undergraduate degree, with a major in Physics.



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2019 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4032 25 Feb 2019 04 Mar 2019 31 Mar 2019 31 May 2019 In Person N/A

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