• Offered by Research School of Physics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Elena Ostrovskaya
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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In Sem 2 2022, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

This core physics course deals with classical electromagnetism. This course 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; dipole radiation; waveguides. The course includes a lab component as part of the combined second year lab program.

Honours Pathway Option

This course is offered as an advanced option. Students taking this option will be required to complete alternative assignment options comprising 15% of the total assessment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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 areas in physics such as gravitation, fluids, thermal physics and quantum mechanics.
  5. Identify and apply appropriate theoretical techniques to solve a range of different problems in electromagnetism.
  6. Apply those theoretical techniques to solve problems in any context underpinned by coupled linear differential equations.
  7. Design, set up, and carry out experiments; analyse data recognising and accounting for errors; and compare with theoretical predictions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Examination (70) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Weekly assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Lab reports (10) [LO 7]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

• 1 x 2 hour workshop and 1 x 1hour tutorial per week and 4 x 3 hour laboratory sessions over the semester.

• Approximately 82 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for workshops/labs and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

N/A -To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PHYS1201. You must also have successfully completed or be studying MATH2306, or have completed ENGN2218.

Prescribed Texts


Assumed Knowledge

Students enrolling in this course are strongly encouraged to have completed PHYS1201 with a credit or higher.



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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found 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
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6236 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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