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Electromagnetism (PEN332)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit covers the analysis of electric and magnetic phenomena using the formalism of vector calculus. This leads to the derivation of Maxwell's Equations, which are shown to be applicable to electromagnetic waves spanning the entire electromagnetic spectrum, and applied to a range of electric and magnetic physical situations. A number of practical applications of electromagnetic wave phenomena and some important properties of electromagnetic materials are studied in this course.
Unit Learning Outcomes When you have completed this unit you should be able to:

1. Clarify the difference between electromotive force, potential difference and voltage.
2. Use vector calculus to solve problems in electromagnetism.
3. Derive and explain Maxwell's equations for static and time-varying fields.
4. Derive transient and AC response of circuits containing R, L and C components.
5. Explain the widespread material characterisation techniques such as Hall effect and photoconductivity
6. Explain the basic operational principles of modern electronic devices such as photovoltaic devices, displays, lasers, diodes, transistors etc.
7. Communicate results orally and/or in writing clearly, concisely and conclusively.
8. Work effectively in a small team to complete a complex set of tasks.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 3 hours per week; Tutorials: 1 x 2 hours per week; Laboratory: 4 labs x 3 hours each.
Unit Learning Experiences The aim of this unit is to enable students to effectively apply knowledge of electromagnetism and vector calculus to solve practical or research problems. The structure for the unit is provided by textbooks. For students to develop a deep understanding of the knowledge of this unit it is essential for them to gain an historical development of electricity and magnetism, the laws of electromagnetism and practice working examples with the learned concepts. This unit provides lecture notes, reading materials, tutorials and laboratory sessions. This allows students to learn practical and theoretical skill useful in further studies or research programs. Lectures provide basic information, physical concepts and recent development in this field. Tutorial and laboratory sessions allow students to develop problem solving and communication skills through small group discussion and individual discussion with tutor. The laboratory activities aim to cultivate students' knowledge and capability in undertaking a set activity and analysing the results in a scientific manner. An essential part of the laboratory activities is to allow students to learn hands on skills on the use of electronic equipment and use of software packages for computational modelling.
Assessment Student's learnings are assessed by assignments 1 and 2, as well as laboratory tasks and reports. Feedback is provided on student's ability to select suitable approach for problem solving; conceptual phenomena understanding; data analysis and visualization; clear, concise and conclusive communication skills.
Assessment is 50% unsupervised (assignments and laboratory reports) and 50% supervised (exam). Assessment weighting: assignment 1 is 15%, assignment 2 is 15%, laboratory reports 20% and the final exam 50%.
Formative feedback on Assignments is provided within 14 days. Classwork feedback is given in class, and presentation feedback may be both in person and in writing.
Prerequisites PEN152 Principles of Physics and MAS161 Calculus and Matrix Algebra.
Highly recommended: MAS220 Mathematical Methods.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Physics and Nanotechnology (BSc) [New in 2014]
Physics Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors Physics Minor Teaching Area
Appears in these Minors Physics
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Almantas Pivrikas
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7637
e: A.Pivrikas@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.045 - Building 340, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Almantas Pivrikas
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 7637
e: A.Pivrikas@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.045 - Building 340, Murdoch Campus
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