Electromagnetism and optics
|Course code module||FTEBAWT210|
|Semester:||1st and 2nd semester|
|Study load (hours)||168|
Dirk Van Dyck
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 1st and/or 2nd semester|
|Contract restriction information:||exam contract not possible|
Introductory Mechanics(1BA HI)
Introductory Physics(secondary school)
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The students should be able to understand the fundamental principles of electromagnetics and optics through the theory and examples presented during the lectures. They should be able to apply this knowledge in courses like electrotechnics, electronics, ¿ Also they should gain some familiarity with the scientific method: exploration, theory formulation and prediction.
3. Course content
The first part, i.e. electrostatics, explains the concepts of charge, electric field (Gauss' law) and electric potential, and describes some applications of these concepts like "ink jet" printers, TV and computerdisplays. Next capacitance, electric current and resistance are treated. In addition, models for electric conduction in solid state materials, in particular semiconductors, are described. The third part
treats the concept of magnetic fields including Ampere's law, Faraday's law and Lenz's law culminating in an analysis of the functioning of an electric motor/generator. Maxwell's laws are then shown to summarise all these subfields of electromagnetics.
The last part analyses electromagnetic waves with reference to radio transmission/reception and as a stepping stone for the study of physical optics. In optics the concepts refraction, interference, diffraction and polarisation are introduced.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesExercise sessionsPractical sessions
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentationClosed bookOpen questions
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Additional material will be distributed through Blackboard
7. Recommended reading - study material
Halliday, Resnick & Walker, Fundamentals of Physics, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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