Module Identifier 
PHM2510 
Module Title 
ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY 
Academic Year 
2007/2008 
Coordinator 
Dr Xing Li 
Semester 
Semester 1 
Other staff 
Dr Eleri Pryse 
PreRequisite 
Successful Completion of Year 3 of the MPhys Scheme 
Course delivery 
Lecture  20 lectures 
Assessment 
Assessment Type  Assessment Length/Details  Proportion 
Semester Exam  2 Hours written examination.  60% 
Semester Assessment  Essay  40% 
Supplementary Exam  2 Hours  100% 

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

describe the fundamental theoretical basis for electromagnetic waves.

describe the propagation of plane electromagnetic waves in both free space and media and their behaviour at boundaries.

explain the theoretical basis for the generation of electromagnetic waves.

appreciate the electromagnetic theory under conditions of special relativity.
Brief description
This module develops Maxwell's equations and their application to electromagnetic waves. The full theory of transmission, reflection, dispersion and absorption of electromagnetic waves is developed for freespace, conductors and dielectrics. The theoretical basis of the laws of electromagnetism are discussed in relation to the special theory of relativity. An assessed essay will cover the generation of electromagnetic waves where discussion is expected of the Hertzian dipole and antennas.
Content
Electromagnetic Waves: Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves in free space, energy and Poynting vector, dispersion, absorption of plane waves in conductors, skin effect, reflection and transmission, dielectric and conducting boudaries.
Waveguides: Propagation between conducting plates, rectangular waveguides, cavities.
Generation of electromagnetic waves: Hertzian dipole, antennas.
Electromagnetism and Special Relativity: Charges and fields, Fourvectors, Retarded potentials, Maxwell's equations.
Reading Lists
Books
I S Grant and W R Phillips Electromagnetism,
2nd. 0471927120
Notes
This module is at CQFW Level 7