phy3epp electrodynamics




Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject explores classical electrodynamics theory and applications. Concepts and theories related to electromagnetism covered at first year are developed and extended using vector analysis. Topics include electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetic field in medium, Maxwell's equation, electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetic radiation. This subject is one of four such subject at 3rd year level that together constitute the physics major stream. This stream is an excellent preparation for a career in the physical sciences and education and for honours and post-graduate research studies in Physics.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (PHY2MOD and PHY2OPT and PHY2EMM) or (PHY2CLP and PHY2MOD), and (MAT2VCA and MAT2LAL)


Incompatible subjects PHY5EPA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsIntroduction to Electrodynamics, 4th editionPrescribedGriffiths, D. J., 2013Pearson
ReadingsClassical Electrodynamics, 3rd editionPrescribedJackson, J. D., 1998Wiley
ReadingsIntroduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled FusionRecommendedChen, F. F., 1984Plenum Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Analyse, visualise and solve conceptual and mathematical problems related to and described by electrodynamics.

Problem-solving techniques are modelled in lectures and workshops and partial solutions to selected problems derived in tutorials. Students are assigned a set of conceptual and mathematical problems to solve in the form of four assignments.

02. Analyse, generate and transmit solutions to complex problems in the field of electrodynamics.

Problem solving techniques are modelled in lectures and tutorials. Students will use these techniques to solve problems in electrodynamics requiring sophisticated application of the techniques.

03. Use standard technical software to implement computational solutions to problems too complex for analytical mathematical solutions.

Computational skills will be further extended in workshops by students writing an extended program in Matlab to model and thus solve a difficult problem in electrodynamics. The program will include extensive in-line documentation as per standard professional programming practice.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald

Class requirements

TutorialWeek: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 32 - 43
Six 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 2-hour end of semester written exam (2,000-words equivalent)5001, 02
4 written assignments (1,800-words equivalent in total)Solutions to short essay questions including mathematical analysis.4001, 02
One written computational assignment (700-words equivalent)Marks will be awarded for both the appropriateness of the program design and quality of in-line documentation.1003