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Electromagnetism and Special Relativity

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

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.


The special principle of relativity. Lorentz transformations and the transformation of velocity. Relativistic momentum and energy.
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. Relativistic electromagnetism.

Required prerequisite knowledge

FYS100 Physics, 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 , Anders Tranberg
Head of Department
Bjørn Henrik Auestad

Method of work

5 hours of lectures and 1 hour of exercises per week.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Electromagnetism (BIT240_1) 5

Open to

Bachelor studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology. Master studies at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion.


D. F. Lawden: "Elements of Relativity Theory", 2004, Dover publications, ISBN 978-0-486-43502-2.
E. M. Purcell and D. J. Morin: "Electricity and Magnetism", 3rd edition, 2013, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-1-107-01402-2.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 27.05.2020