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PX263 - Electromagnetic Theory and Optics

  • Module code: PX263
  • Module name: Electromagnetic Theory and Optics
  • Department: Physics
  • Credit: 7.5

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module will revisit and expand on the electromagnetic theory that you have met in the First year. It is somewhat mathematical, in the sense that to study E&M requires us to play with differential operators. The goal is to understand Maxwell's Equations : the underlying classical equations governing electromagnetism. We will stop short of considering Special Relativistic effects.

Principal learning outcomes

"By the end of the module you should: understand the significance of all the various quantities which appear in Maxwell's equations and those derived from them like the Poynting vector and refractive index; be able to write down and manipulate these equations in integral or differential form and derive the appropriate boundary conditions at boundaries between linear isotropic materials; be familiar with plane-wave solutions to these equations in free space, dielectrics and ohmic conductors; understand the basics of geometrical optics, polarisation of light and the behaviour of light in lenses and prisms, and the properties of different light sources (including lasers); understand the interaction of light with various optical materials. "

Timetabled teaching activities

"about 18 Lectures + problems classes "

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/physics/teach/module_home/px263

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
7.5 CATS (Module code: PX263-7.5)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed work as specified by department 15%
  Electromagnetic Theory and Optics (Summer) 85%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange) PART YEAR 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc) (F300) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Physics (BSc MPhys) (F304) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Physics and Business Studies (F3N1) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc MMathPhys) (FG33) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Physics (BSc) (GF13) - Year 2
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (BSc) (G100) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics with Intercalated Year (G101) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) (G103) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Master of Mathematics (with Intercalated Year) (G105) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics (MMath) with Study in Europe (G106) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (with Intercalated Year) (G1N2) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Business Studies (G1NC) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (GL11) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Mathematics and Economics (with Intercalated Year) (GL12) - Year 2