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Electromagnetism & Relativity - MAT00007H

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  • Department: Mathematics
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Niall MacKay
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20

Module aims

To introduce the theory of the electromagnetic field, emphasizing its central role in fundamental physics as the precursor of quantum mechanics, quantum field theory and the special and general theories of relativity, and developing the implications of symmetries such as electric-magnetic U(1) duality and relativistic SO(1,3) covariance.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand Maxwell's equations.

  • Solve simple problems involving static charges, steady currents and electromagnetic waves.

  • Understand the relativistic formulation of electromagnetism.

Module content

[Pre-requisite modules for Natural Sciences students: Maths for the Sciences 3 (MAT00019I), and Applied Maths Option 2 (MAT00037I).]


  • Revision of vector calculus.

  • Electric and magnetic phenomena.

  • Maxwell's equations and some of their implications: duality, energy/power, momentum.

  • Solutions of Maxwell's equations: static charges, steady currents, electromagnetic waves.

  • Relativistic electromagnetism.


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Electromagnetism & Relativity
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Electromagnetism & Relativity
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Current Department policy on feedback is available in the undergraduate student handbook. Coursework and examinations will be marked and returned in accordance with this policy.

Indicative reading

J D Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, (3rd edition), J. Wiley.

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