• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Photonics, Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof John Close
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2020
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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 one of the 3rd year options for the physics major, and is recommended for those intending to do honours in Physics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Have an advanced understanding of Maxwell's equations and have gained practical experience in solving Maxwell's equations using analytic and numerical techniques.
  2. 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.
  3. Covariant (relativistic formulation) of electrodynamics including four vectors, the electromagnetic field tensor, Lagrangians and fields, gauge transformations and symmetries.
  4. Apply the covariant formulation of electricity and magnetism to brehmstrahlung and related effects
  5. Explain the purpose and advantages of writing physical laws in tensor form.
  6. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills and be able to research and explain scientific concepts.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignments (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Mid term Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Final Exam (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Report (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]

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Workload

The course will be taught in flipped classroom (blended) mode. The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which will consist of 3 hours of mandatory workshop per week (36 hours total), 12 hours of tutorials throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 80 hours of self-study which will include on-line content, background reading, work on assignments and oral presentation
  • Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed PHYS2201 and PHYS2016.

Prescribed Texts

Introduction to Electrodynamics 4th edition, David J Griffiths, Prentice Hall, SBN-10: 9332550441.


Modern Electrodynamics, Andrew Zangwill. Cambridge University Press, ISBN-9788521896979

Assumed Knowledge

Multi 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 theorem.

Specialisations

Fees

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:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3383 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 31 Mar 2020 29 May 2020 In Person N/A

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