Credit points: 15
In this subject you will explore advanced electrodynamics theory and applications and solve research related problems. The concepts and theory related to electrodynamics and plasma physics will be developed in a rigorous manner using the mathematics of vector analysis. Topics that you will encounter include electrostatics,magnetostatics, electromagnetic fields in a medium, Maxwell's equations,electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetic radiation. This subject is availableto postgraduate students as part of a group of electives that deepen your knowledge of physics and introduce research-related skills.
SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS
Subject Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald
Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters
Prerequisites Must be admitted in one of the following courses: SMNT or PSMSC or SZHSMN
Incompatible subjects PHY3EPP
|Resource Type||Title||Resource Requirement||Author and Year||Publisher|
|Readings||Introduction to Electrodynamics (4th ed.)||Prescribed||Griffiths, D. J., 2013||Pearson|
|Readings||Classical Electrodynamics (3rd ed.)||Recommended||Jackson, J. D., 1998||Wiley|
|Readings||Introduction to Plasma Physics and Controlled Fusion||Recommended||Chen, F. F., 1984||Plenum Press|
Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes
01. Visualise and analyse conceptual and mathematical problems related to electrostatics, magnetostatics and behavior of dielectric materials, electrodynamics and plasma physics.
- Students are assigned a set of challenging and conceptual mathematical problems to solve. Problem-solving techniques are presented in lectures and workshops. The problem solving strategies to assignment problems are derived in tutorials along with partial solutions to solve the problems in assignments and exams.
02. Structure and write solutions to problems, which draw on the theories of electrodynamics and plasma physics to concisely and professionally communicate important results.
- Students will be shown conventional professional methods of presenting mathematical solutions to written problems accompanied by appropriate graphic visualization. Students apply these methods to the assignments and the exam.
03. Analyse and solve a research problem related to electrodynamics.
- Students are provided with a research problem related to the theory and/or application of electrodynamics, and are expected to address it analytically and/or numerically. Students summarise the background, conceptual framework, approach and results in a written report.
04. Use standard technical software to implement computational solutions to problems too complex for analytical mathematical solutions.
- Computational skills will be developed by students during workshops. Students apply these skills by a writing an extended program in Matlab to model and thus solve a difficult problem in electrodynamics..
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Melbourne, 2020, Semester 2, Day
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAndrew McDonald
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
Six 3.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via blended.
|One 2-hour end of semester exam (2,000-words equivalent)||40||01, 02|
|Five individual written assignments (2,500-words, total)||Solutions to short essay questions comprising both analytical and numerical (computational) solutions.||40||01, 02|
|One written report on a research problem (2,000-words)||20||03, 04|