Mixed Lecture and Tutorial/discussion
The timetable for classes can be found on the University web site at: https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2019/
Laboratories will commence in the second week of semester.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
Electromagnetism: Introduction to Electrodynamics, DJ Griffiths, 3rd or 4th edition (Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, N J).
The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Vol II, Addison Wesley
Technology Used and Required
Unit Web Page
This unit will be administered through iLearn. Please check this site regularly for lecture and extension material available for downloading and look out for announcements. We will run one or more discussion fora through the iLearn page for both technical physics and administrative issues. Staff will ignore emails and discussion questions about issues which are already explained in this document or which have been covered in the announcements and discussion features of the iLearn page.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The theoretical aspects of this unit are taught in lectures and tutorials with fortnightly assignments to strengthen the understanding of the material. The theoretical material is heavily mathematical in nature, and often abstract, and true understanding can only be achieved through testing and refining understanding through problem solving.
The experimental aspects of the unit require students to attend laboratories where they will be expected to set up experiments, take data, analyse the data within the context of the physical phenomena that are being studied, maintain a laboratory log-book, and report on their findings in clearly written laboratory reports.
Schedule of topics
Review of Maxwell’s Equations of electro and magneto statics in vacuum
Electro and magneto-statics in media
Electrodynamics in vacuum
Properties of electromagnetic waves
Electromagnetic waves in matter
Propagation and dispersion
Introduction to special relativity
The structure of space-time
Electromagnetism and relativity