PHY-10021 - Electricity and Magnetism
Coordinator: Patrick Connell Room: LJ 2.03 Tel: +44 1782 7 34922
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Level: Level 4
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 734921

Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations

Electricity and Stellar Structure

Description for 2023/24

In this module, you will study the physical principles and mathematical description of electricity, magnetism and DC and AC circuits, which find application in physics and electronics. The module sets the stage for the treatment of more advanced topics which you will require for electromagnetism in Level 6. As part of the laboratory component, you will study about how to undertake laboratory experimental bench work, computing and communication exercises.

To help students to understand the basic properties and applications of the electric field, magnetic field, electric circuits and the mathematics necessary to achieve this understanding. To introduce and then develop the transferable, practical and computational skills that are required by practising physicist, through laboratory bench work, computing and communication exercises.

Talis Aspire Reading List
Any reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Understand the theoretical and experimental background of electricity and magnetism, and will appreciate their general physical significance and applications: 1,2,3
Perform practical work and keep accurate accounts of it, including professionally maintained records of purpose, methodology, and results. Communicate the process and results of practical work in formal, written presentations. Enter, manipulate, and present data with the aid of computer tools. Develop algorithms and write simple computer program, at a level sufficient to assist in laboratory work at Levels 2 and 3: 1,3
Carry out numerical calculations and to solve problems in connection with these topics:

Study hours

Lectures: 24 hours
Laboratory Sessions: 24 hours
Computing Classes: 12 hours
Problem Sheets: 18 hours
Completion of Laboratory Reports: 24 hours
Directed Reading/Independent Study: 46 hours
Examination: 2 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Unseen Exam weighted 40%
Two hour unseen examination
2-hour exam (100 marks) with a degree of choice.

2: Laboratory Report weighted 40%
Continuous assessment of a laboratory diary containing several experiments (weight 30%). Assessment of two formal lab reports (weight 60%) which are equivalent to 1000 words per report. Assessment of a computer programming exercises (weight 10%).

3: Problem Sheets weighted 20%
Problem sheets
Students complete a number of problem sheets. Equivalent to ~1000 words.