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.


Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 44 hours of contact time and about 106 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: