FY1003 - Electricity and Magnetism


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 20/100 ALLE
Home examination 80/100 4 hours

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 magnetism

SKILLS | 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 final grade is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes written exam and projects. The evaluation of the different parts is given in %-points, while the entire portfolio is given a letter grade. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments in the portfolio must be re-taken.

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

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

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 01.09.2007

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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 4
Lab hours: 5
No.of specialization hours: 3

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Summer UTS work 20/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD work 20/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 80/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination (1) 80/100

Release 2021-05-26

Submission 2021-05-26

Release 09:00

Submission 13:00

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.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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