TFY4240 - Electromagnetic Theory


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. Method of images, separation of variables, Green functions. Multipole expansions. Electric fields in matter. Magnetostatics. Magnetic fields in matter. Electromotive force, electromagnetic induction. Maxwell's equations. Conservation laws for charge, energy, momentum and angular momentum. Electromagnetic waves. Potentials and fields, gauge transformations. Radiation from dipoles and charges in motion. Theory of relativity.

Learning outcome


The candidate has knowledge beyond an introductory level about:

  • electromagnetic phenomena in vacuum and materials
  • mathematical methods for analyzing such phenomena.

The candidate knows the concept of conservation laws in electromagnetism.


The candidate should be able to solve problems in electromagnetism by applying appropriate mathematical tools and methods, including:

  • vector calculus beyond an introductory level
  • the method of images, separation of variables, and Green functions.

The candidate should be able to write code to solve electromagnetic problems numerically.

General competence:

The candidate should get training in writing a scientific report.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and problem solving. Compulsory programming project with written report. Expected workload in the course is 225 hours.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project

Further on evaluation

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

Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIF4060 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2025

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

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

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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