2023-2024 / PHYS3028-1

Elements of physics: electromagnetism


15h Th, 20h Pr, 10h Labo.

Number of credits

 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Computer Science4 crédits 



Jérémy Brisbois

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims to give students an understanding of the fundamental laws which govern the physical phenomena which surround us, and to understand the laws of electromagnetism, which describe the behavior of matter and systems (in particular in electronics) which computer scientists will use in their future studies.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

One central outcome is to learn to model processes in a mathematical, algorithmic, and efficient manner.
The second step is to solve problems by reasoning either in a

  • reductionnist (e.g. division of a system into components and integration of the equations of motion) or
  • global fashion (using conservation laws, e.g. of energy).
A third learning outcome is the conceptual preparation for physical electronics and other optional courses later in the informatics curriculum.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic mathematics, including trigonometry, vectors, projections and geometry... Refreshers are organized during classes.
The only prerequisite course module is mechanics PHYS3027.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

In addition to the theoretical lectures, 20 hours of practical sessions divided between:

  • 5 sessions of lab work on electromagnetism
  • 5 sessions of problem questions on mechanics and electromagnetism
At the end of each semester, a question and answer session is held, in view of preparing for exams.

Timetables are established at the beginning of each year.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

All courses and problem sessions are in face-to-face format.
Information concerning the organization of the lectures and practical sessions will be communicated through ecampus, myULiège and the web site of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.

Recommended or required readings

All slides for ex cathedra classes are on MyULiège.
Reference textbook: Kane&Sternheim Physique (1986) Dunod ed. ISBN 2 10 007169 6
French translation by Ph. Ghosez, M. Hoebeke, et G. Llabres
Other references:
* Physics Eugene Hecht ISBN-10: 2744500186
* University Physics, Harris Benson ISBN-10: 0471006890
* Fundamentals of Physics, Halliday & Resnick ISBN-10: 0470469110

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

June: A written examination on electromagnetism with:

  • open questions
  • exercises
An exam on lab work, covering the labs studied during the semester
The final grade is a weighted average of the written exam in Electromagnetism (80%) and the lab exam (20%)
  September: idem

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Jérémy Brisbois
Université de Liège
Centre Spatial de Liège (B29)

Avenue Pré-Aily
B-4031 Angleur, Liège

Tel: +32 4 382 46 08
Email: jbrisbois@uliege.be

Teaching assistant:
Guillaume Allemand
Tel: +32 4 366 21 25
Email: Guillaume.Allemand@uliege.be

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