6 ECTS credits
180 h study time
Offer 1 with catalog number 1010837BNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (B) Bachelor - advanced level.
Based on (parts of) the book by David J. Griffiths mentioned below, which is used in class.
The course starts with a reminder of a number of concepts from vector analysis and an introduction to delta functions.
Then Laplace’s equation is discussed, in particular uniqueness theorems and solution methods (method of images, multipole expansion and separation of variables). Next, conservation equations in electrodynamics are treated. Further, the potential formulation of electrodynamics is covered, as well as expressions for potentials of continuous charge distributions and point charges. Electromagnetic radiation discussed as well, both dipole radiation and radiation by point charges.
The last part of the course deals with the theory of special relativity. Starting from Einstein’s postulates and their consequences, the concept of space-time is introduced. Relativistic mechanics and relativistic electrodynamics are treated as well.
Not applicable
The student can explain and derive important concepts and results in electrodynamics and in Einstein’s theory of special relativity.
He can apply the theory to new physical problems.
He is able to situate this theory within modern physics. For instance, he can explain that Newtonian intuition is not a good guide at velocities comparable to the speed of light, and can indicate that daily intuition will not work in other extreme circumstances either.
The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Oral Exam determines 100% of the final mark.
Within the Oral Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
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This offer is part of the following study plans:
Bachelor of Physics and Astronomy: Default track (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Mathematics and Data Science: Standaard traject (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Teaching in Science and Technology: biologie (120 ECTS, Etterbeek) (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Teaching in Science and Technology: geografie (120 ECTS, Etterbeek) (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Teaching in Science and Technology: chemie (120 ECTS, Etterbeek) (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Teaching in Science and Technology: wiskunde (120 ECTS, Etterbeek) (only offered in Dutch)
Master of Teaching in Science and Technology: ingenieurswetenschappen (120 ECTS, Etterbeek) (only offered in Dutch)