2023-2024 / PHYS3030-3

Electromagnetism, Partim A


30h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in physics4 crédits 


John Martin

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

The course aims at deepen and formalise the notions of electromagnetism taught in the first year. The course covers electrostatics, magnetostatics, electrodynamics, Maxwell's equations, conservation laws and electromagnetic radiation. It also covers the relativistic formulation of electrodynamics.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

After the completion of this course, the student will be able to :

  • move from the global to the local (differential) form of the laws of classical electrodynamics
  • understand the physical meaning of Maxwell's equations and their consequences (superposition principle, conservation of electrical charge, energy, momentum, ...)
  • be able to set and solve Maxwell's equations of electromagnetic systems (in electrostatics, magnetostatics and electrodynamics)

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Physics and mathematics learned during 1st year

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course consists of ex cathedra lectures supported by derivations on the blackboard.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Classroom based course organized during the 2nd period.

Based on the health situation, the course might switch to an online course.

Recommended or required readings

The slides of the theoretical course and a collection of exercices will be made available on myULg (pdf files).
Recommended book : "Introduction to electrodynamics", D. J. Griffiths, Prentice Hall

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

A written test covering exercices (35%) and theoretical concepts/global comprehension (65%) is organized in June and August in face-to-face mode if conditions permit, otherwise in remote mode.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Professor: John Martin Physics Department, I.P.N.A.S., Bât. B15, Sart Tilman Tel: 04/366 28 64 - Fax: 04/366 28 84 e-mail: jmartin@uliege.be
Teaching assistant: Jérôme Denis Physics Department, I.P.N.A.S., Bât. B15, Sart Tilman Tél. : 04 366 37 64 e-mail : jdenis@uliege.be

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