Electricity and Magnetism (F3213)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

In this module, topics you will cover will include:

  • electrostatics; primitive electrostatic phenomena, Coulomb's law, SI units, electric fields and field lines, conductors and insulators, Gauss' law, electrostatic potential, equipotentials, capacitors; dielectrics
  • steady currents; currents, Ohm's law, batteries, electromotive Force (EMF), electrons and ions
  • D.C. circuits, ideal circuit elements R, C and L, Kirchhoff's laws; introduction to A.C. circuits; RMS, peak and average values, power dissipation in resistors; alternating voltages and currents, sine waves and sources, amplitude and phase; electrical measurements, voltmeters, ammeters and oscilloscopes; time dependence of CR circuits; logic gates and circuits, Boolean algebra
  • magnetostatics; magnets and magnetic fields, magnetic induction, magnetic fields of steady currents and Ampere's law, solenoids, force on current in magnetic field, motion of charged particles in B and E fields
  • principles of electric motors; self- and mutual inductance, Lenz's law, electric generators, electromechanical energy conversion.



75%: Lecture
25%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Problem Set)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 150 hours of work. This breaks down into 44 hours of contact time and 106 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: