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Electromagnetism and Special Relativity

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

This subject gives an introduction to electromagnetism and special relativity.

Learning outcome

When she/he has finished this subject the student shall be able to:
  • Formulate the fundamental laws of electromagnetism.
  • Be able to solve simple problems from electromagnetism using different mathematical methods.
  • Be able to explain the special principle of relativity and which consequences this has for mechanics and electromagnetism.


Electrostatics: electric field and potential. Electric currents and resistance, electric networks. Magnetic fields. Electromagnetic induction, alternating-current circuits. Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves. Electric and magnetic fields in matter.
The special principle of relativity. Lorentz transformations and the transformation of velocity. Relativistic momentum and energy. Relativistic electromagnetism.

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS100 Mechanics, MAT100 Mathematical Methods 1, MAT300 Vector Analysis

Recommended previous knowledge

MAT200 Mathematical Methods 2, MAT210 Real and Complex Calculus


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FSpecified printed and hand-written means are allowed. Definite, basic calculator allowed.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Tomas Brauner
Course teacher
Georgios Filios
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

6 hours of lectures and exercises per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Electromagnetism (BIT240_1) 5

Open to

Civil Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Computer Science- Bachelor's degree programme in computer science
Control Engineering and Circuit Design, Vocational Path
Control Engineering and Circuit Design - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Chemistry and Environmental Engineering - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Mathematics and Physics - Bachelor's Degree Programme
Mathematics and Physics, 5-year integrated Master's Programme

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion.


Literatur will be published as soon as it has been prepared by the course coordinator/teacher

This is the study programme for 2020/2021.

Sist oppdatert: 08.08.2020