2019 Electromagnetics (TSE)

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Iio Shunji  Katabuchi Tatsuya 
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Tue5-6(S611)  Fri5-6(S611)  
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Course description and aims

This course aims to give the concepts of electromagnetism which can be basis of wide fields of science and engineering. The course begins with static electric and magnetic fields followed by alternating fields, includes examples in various situations and finally reaches the Maxwell Equations that comprehensively describe electromagnetic phenomena.

Student learning outcomes

Students gain the knowledge and skills to (1) explain the concepts of electric and magnetic fields, potential, energy and describe them mathematically, (2) understand electromagnetic phenomena through the Maxwell Equations comprehensively, and (3) solve problems in various situations using the mathematical framework given by the Maxwell Equations.


Coulomb's law, electric field, Gauss’ law, potential, energy, magnetic field, Ampère's circuital law, Biot-Savart law, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell Equation, Lorentz force, specail relativity

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

The course follows the textbook "The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Volume II". At the end of each lecture, a small test is presented to test the student's comprehension.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Electrostatics Learn about mathematical method to describe static electric fields and explain the Coulomb's law with the Gauss' law.
Class 2 Application of Gauss’ Law Derive static electric field using the Gauss's law.
Class 3 The Electric Field in Various Circumstances Derive electric fields in various circumstances such as an electric dipole moment, conductor, a parallel plate condenser.
Class 4 Electrostatic Energy Learn about the relation between static electric field and energy, and explain electrostatic energy.
Class 5 Dielectrics Learn about dielectrics and polarization and derive electric fields created by dielectric material.
Class 6 Magnetostatics Learn about mathematical method to describe static magnetic fields and explain magnetic fields created by electric current with Ampère's circuital law.
Class 7 The Magnetic Field in Various Situations Derive magnetic fields in various situation such as a coil and magnetic dipole.
Class 8 Induced Currents Learn about mathematical method to describe alternating fields and explain electromagnetic induction.
Class 9 The Maxwell Equations Learn the Maxwell equations to comprehensively describe electromagnetic phenomena and explain concept of Maxwell equations.
Class 10 Electromagnetic wave in free space Derive electromagnetic wave from Maxwell equations.
Class 11 Solutions of Maxwell’s Equations with Currents and Charges Derive electromagnetic fields created by currents and charges, and explain propagation of an electromagnetic wave.
Class 12 Electromagnetic fields of an oscillating dipole Derive electromagnetic fields of an oscillating dipole
Class 13 Propagation of electromagnetic waves through waveguides Solve problems on propagation of electromagnetic waves.
Class 14 The Motion of Charges in Electric and Magnetic Fields Learn about the motion of charges in electric magnetic fields, and solve problems on the motion of charges.
Class 15 Field energy Explain energy of electromagnetic fields.


R. P. Feynman,‎ R. B. Leighton,‎ M. Sands, The Feynman Lectures on Physics: Volume II, Pearson (1970). An online version is available at the Caltech. See the link below:

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Assessment criteria and methods

Students are evaluated through a set of a final exam (weight = 60%) and small tests in lectures (weight = 40%).

Related courses

  • TSE.M201 : Ordinary Differential Equations and Physical Phenomena
  • TSE.M202 : Partial Differential Equations for Science and Engineering

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

Differential and integral calculus are used in the course. Knowledge of differential equations is also needed. Ordinary Differential Equations and Physical Phenomena (TSE.M201-01) and Partial Differential Equations for Science and Engineering (TSE.M202-01) are recommended to take.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Prof. Shunji Iio : siio[at]nr.titech.ac.jp Assoc. Prof. Tatsuya Katabuchi : buchi[at]lane.iir.titech.ac.jp

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