Module Identifier 
PH02510 
Module Title 
INTRODUCTION TO ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM 
Academic Year 
2006/2007 
Coordinator 
Mr Barry Henley 
Semester 
Semester 2 
Other staff 
Mr Barry Henley 
PreRequisite 
GCSE Mathematics and Science, or equivalent 
CoRequisite 
None 
Mutually Exclusive 
Not available to students on 3 year BSc (Hons) or 4 year MPhys schemes 
Course delivery 
Lecture  22 Hours. 

Seminars / Tutorials  3 Hours. Tutorial. 
Assessment 
Assessment Type  Assessment Length/Details  Proportion 
Semester Exam  2 Hours End of semester examination  80% 
Semester Assessment  Continuous Assessment: tests in weeks 6 and 11  20% 

Learning outcomes
After taking this module students should be able to:

Calculate the force on a charged particle in electric and magnetic fields.

Describe the motion of a charged particle in a uniform electric field.

Calculate the potential of a system of charged particles.

Describe the structure and function of resistors, and capacitors.

Carry out calculations on capacitors involving stored energy, charging and discharging.

Calculate internal resistance, energy and power in DC circuits.

Calculate DC currents and voltages in resistor networks using Kirchoff's rules.

Calculate reactance and impedance in AC circuits.

Use phasor diagrams, vector methods and complex numbers to analyse AC circuits.

Apply conditions or resonance in RCL circuits.
Brief description
The concept of electric charge is introduced and electric force, field and potential are explained in terms of Coulomb's Law with illustrative examples. The alternative approach of Gauss's Law is introduced. The flow of charge is considered and this leads to Ohm's Law and the concept of resistance. Capacitors and resistors are examined and examples are given of their use in electric circuits.
Content
Electric Charge:
Positive and negative charge
Conductors, insulators and semiconductors
Coulomb's Law
Electric field, potential and equipotentials
Force on and motion of charged particle in a uniform electric field
Charge and discharge of capacitors, time constant and half life decay
Capacitors  construction, series and parallel combinations, stored energy.
DC Electricity:
Current and resistance;resistance, Ohm's Law, resistivity, ammeters, voltmeters
DC circuits  resistors in series and parallel, internal resistance, energy, power
Potential dicider circuits
Kirchoff's rules.
AC Electricity:
AC currents in resistive, capacitive and inductive circuits; reactance and impedence
Analysis of AC circuits using phasor diagrams, vector methods and complex numbers
Power and phase angle
RCL circuits in series and parallel, conditions for resonance
Reading Lists
Books
** Recommended Text
Keller, Gettys and Skove Physics Classical and Modern
McGrawHill
M. Nelkon and P. Parker Advanced Level Physics
Heinemann Educational 0435686682
Notes
This module is at CQFW Level 3