2023 Fundamentals of Electromagnetism 2 P

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Satoh Takuya 
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Course description and aims

Following Fundamentals of Electromagnetism 1, this course covers static magnetic fields, changing electromagnetic fields, Maxwell’s equations, and electromagnetic waves.

Electromagnetism is important for understanding nature, and is essential for the study of science, engineering, life sciences, and other specialized courses. Students will learn the basic laws of electromagnetism in vacuum, and their mathematical descriptions. This will allow them to understand general electromagnetic phenomena as well as allow them to solve general problems in electromagnetism.

Fundamentals of optics and elementary particles are also key topics that will be covered in this course.

Student learning outcomes

By completing this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the concepts of induced electromotive force, induced electric field, self-induction, mutual induction, magnetic energy, displacement current, etc., correctly, and describe them mathematically.
2) Understand Gauss's law for magnetic flux density, Ampére’s law, Faraday's law and Maxwell-Ampére’s law correctly, and apply them to solve problems in electromagnetism.
3) Understand electromagnetic waves on the basis of Maxwell’s equations.
4) Find mathematical solutions to problems in electromagnetism expressed by the appropriate equations, and explain the physical meaning of said solutions.
5) Understand basic optics and elementary particle interactions.


Gauss's law, Ampére’s law, electromagnetic induction, Faraday's law, induced electromotive force, induced electric field, self-inductance, mutual inductance, magnetic energy, displacement current, Maxwell-Ampére’s law, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, optics, elementary particles

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Two-thirds of each class is devoted to fundamentals and the rest to advanced content or application. To allow students to get a good understanding of the course contents and practice application, problems related to the contents of this course are provided in Exercises in Physics II.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Direct-current circuits Explain direct-current circuits.
Class 2 Magnetic fields Explain magnetic fields.
Class 3 Sources of the magnetic field Explain sources of the magnetic field.
Class 4 Faraday’s law Explain Faraday’s law.
Class 5 Inductance Explain inductance.
Class 6 Alternating-current circuits Explain alternating-current circuits.
Class 7 Electromagnetic waves Explain electromagnetic waves.

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Serway "Physics for Scientists and Engineers"

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⼩宮⼭進, ⽵川敦 マクスウェル⽅程式から始める電磁気学 (裳華房, 2015)

Assessment criteria and methods

Scores are based on the group works and the final exam.

Related courses

  • LAS.P106 : Exercises in Physics II

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

No prerequisites.

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