2017 Electromagnetism III

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Fujisawa Toshimasa 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on fundamental laws of electromagnetisms for electric, magnetic, and electromagnetic phenomena in materials. The topics of this course includes electrostatic induction and screening effects in conductors, classical transport theory, Hall effect, thermoelectric effect, fundamental laws for dielectric materials, paraelectric and ferroelectric materials, fundamental laws for magnetic materials, paramagnetic and ferromagnetic materials, fundamental properties of diamagnetic materials, characteristics of superconductors, Maxwell equations and electromagnetic waves in materials, and so on. Some exercises will be provided for each section.
Physics provides essential knowledge on natural behavior around us as well as advanced technologies. Electromagnetism in materials, which is covered in this course, allows us to understand electric, magnetic, and optical characteristics in various physical phenomena in detail. Moreover, fundamental laws in electric, magnetic, and optical properties are essential in advanced studies as well as advanced researches.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand transport and thermoelectric characteristics of conductors
- Understand fundamental laws and basic characteristics of dielectric and magnetic materials
- Understand electromagnetic wave in materials in terms of Maxwell equations.


Electron transport, thermoelectric effects, dielectric, magnetic material, Maxwell equations, electromagnetic wave

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Sufficient understanding will be reached by providing lectures, some practices, and exercises for each section. Lectures are given to provides some relationships to physical phenomena that can be seen around us and advanced technologies. Students will be asked to submit homework reports for the exercise problems.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 The objective and overview of the course, as well as review of electromagnetism in vacuum. homework reports on electromagnetism in vacuum (subject to change)
Class 2 Electrical conductor and insulator (dielectric). Electric field and electric induction in conductors homework reports on electric field around conductors (subject to change)
Class 3 Electrostatic screening in conductors. Electron transport in materials. homework reports on electron transport in materials (subject to change)
Class 4 Hall effect and thermoelectric effects (Peltier effect, Seebeck effect, and Thomson effect). homework reports on Hall effect and thermoelectric effects (subject to change)
Class 5 Fundamentals of dielectrics (electric dipole, electric polarization, electric susceptibility, and paraelectric and ferroelectric materials) homework reports on fundamentals of dielectrics (subject to change)
Class 6 Electric field in dielectric (polarization field, polarization charge, true electric charge, depolarization field, local electric field) homework reports on properties of dielectric materials (subject to change)
Class 7 Gauss’ law for dielectric, electric field around a boundary of dielectrics. homework reports on Gauss' law for dielectrics (subject to change)
Class 8 Energy in dielectric. Response of dielectric for quasi-stationary electric field. homework reports on dielectric response(subject to change)
Class 9 Fundamentals of magnetic materials (magnetic moment, magnetic field, magnetization, magnetic susceptibility, and paramagnetic and ferromagnetic materials) homework reports on fundamentals of magnetic materials (subject to change)
Class 10 Magnetic field in magnetic materials, Gauss’ law for magnetic materials, and Ampere's law. homework reports on magnetic field in magnetic materials (subject to change)
Class 11 Magnetic field around a boundary of magnetic materials. Energy in magnetic materials. homework reports on magnetic materials (subject to change)
Class 12 Microscopic properties of paramagnetic and ferromagnetic materials homework reports on paramagnetic and ferromagnetic materials (subject to change)
Class 13 Diamagnetism and its fundamental laws. Superconductors. homework reports on diamagnetic materials and superconductors (subject to change)
Class 14 Electromagnetic induction in materials. Maxwell-Ampere law. homework reports on electromagnetic induction in materials (subject to change)
Class 15 Maxwell equations and electromagnetic waves in materials. Energy in electromagnetic field. Summary of the lecture. homework reports on electromagnetic waves in materials (subject to change)


Lecture Note (based on Electromagnetism of Matter written by Masatoshi Nakayama) will be provided

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Nakayama, Masatoshi, Electromagnetism of Matter. Tokyo: Iwanami; ISBN-13: 978-4000079242 (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Homework reports and final examination

Related courses

  • ZUB.E202 : Electromagnetism I
  • ZUB.E216 : Electromagnetism II

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

No requirements.

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