FY1003 - Electricity and Magnetism


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Electrostatics: Coulomb's law. Electric field and force. Gauss' law. Electric potential and energy. Conductors. Capacitance. Dielectrics. Magnetostatics: Magnetic field, force, moment and energy. Magnetic dipole. Biot-Savart's law. Ampere's law. Magnetic flux. Magnetic materials. Electromagnetic induction: Faraday's law. Lenz' law. Inductance. Simple electric circuits. Electromagnetic waves. Experimental methods: Measuring physical quantities. Data acquisition. Interpretation. Documentation

Learning outcome

KNOWLEDGE | The candidate should among other things have knowledge about:- Fundamental laws and concepts in electricity and magnetism, especially with regard to Maxwells laws- Electrical circruits and the most common components in such: resistors, capacitors, and inductors- The properties of static electric and magnetic fields and how they arise- The properties of simple, time-dependent electric and magnetic fields and what kind of physical phenomena they generate- Electromagnetic waves and their properties- Important historical experiments in the field of electricity and magnetismSKILLS | The candidate should among other things be able to:- Analyze different problems in electromagnetism using mathematical methods involving vectors and simple differential and integral calculus, both analytically and numerically- Analyze electric circuits to compute currents and voltage drops, both in stationary and time-dependent situations- Solve Maxwells equations for simple systems- Have a rudimentary grasp on how experimental equipment related to electricity and magnetism can be used (this is achieved via lab-exercises)GENERAL COMPETENCY | The candidate should among other things be able to:- Account for the importance of electricity and magnetism in society, especially with regard to technological applications, and give concrete examples of the latter- Point to a plausible physical origin of simple electromagnetic phenomena in nature, based on what the candidate has learned in the course about fundamental laws and concepts in electricity and magnetism

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, computational and experimental projects, compulsory laboratory exercises and compulsory calculation exercises. The student's expected work load in the course is 225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Calculation exercises
  • Laboratory work

Further on evaluation

The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Young & Freedman: University Physics; or Lillestøl, Hunderi, Lien: Generell fysikk, Bind 2: Varmelære og elektromagnetisme. Alternative literature: Griffiths: Introduction to electrodynamics; Tipler & Mosca: Volume 2: Electricity and magnetism; and others.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY1303 7.5
TFY4155 7.5 AUTUMN 2007
TFE4120 7.5 AUTUMN 2020

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Foundation courses, level I


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Physics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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