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Form 20
Version 3.0 (2007/2008)
Heriot-Watt University - Module Descriptor Template (RAY)
Module Title
Electromagnetism and Optics
School
EPS
Module
Co-ordinator
Physics Teaching Group Convener
SCQF
Level
9
Module
Code
B29ER
Semester
1
On or OffCampus
on
Credits
15
1. Pre-requisites
2. Linked Modules
(specify if synoptic)
3. Excluded Modules
4. Replacement Module
Code:
Date Of Replacement:
6. Degrees for which this
is a core module
5.
Availability as an
Elective
Yes
No
X
All Physics degrees
7. Aims
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
Provide an extension of electromagnetic concepts.
Provide intermediate level working knowledge on the physics of electric fields, magnetic fields and their combination as electromagnetic waves.
Link fields to charge and current distributions in matter and to polarisation of materials.
To extend the mathematical basis for this subject, to include integral and differential forms of field equations.
To develop the mathematics of EM waves to provide a foundation for topics covered in this and subsequent modules, including optics, waveguides, more advanced
electromagnetism, polarisation physics and non-linear optics.
To provide an understanding of optics and simple optical systems.
To provide an understanding of coherence, interference and diffraction.
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Form 20
Version 3.0 (2007/2008)
Heriot-Watt University - Module Descriptor Template (RAY)
Module Title
Electromagnetism and Optics
School
EPS
Module
Co-ordinator
Physics Teaching Group Convener
SCQF
Level
9
Module
Code
B29ER
Semester
1
On or OffCampus
on
Credits
15
8. Syllabus
Electromagnetism
Revision and informal class test of prior E&M knowledge.
Electrostatics, electrical polarisation, dielectric materials and link between E and D.
Magnetostatics, magnetization, magnetic materials and link between B and H.
Ampere’s and Faraday’s laws; vector properties of E and H; integral relations between fields and charge or current distributions
Gauss’ theorem.
Time varying fields; self and mutual inductance; displacement current.
Vector calculus.
Maxwell’s equations using grad, div and curl.
Derivation of wave equation in free space (cartesian coordinates).
Poynting's factor and transport of energy; impedance of free space and materials.
EM wave incident on interface between dielectric media.
Snell’s law, Fresnel equations, Brewster angle;
total internal reflection, evanescent field.
EM wave incident on interface between a dielectric and a good conductor; skin depth
Optics
Geometric optics:
Lenses and mirrors; thin lens equation; combinations of lenses; thick lenses and principal planes; aberrations.
Examples of imaging systems .
Polarisation :
Linear polarisation.
Circular polarisation.
Elliptical polarisation.
Birefringence.
Polarisers and waveplates.
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Form 20
Version 3.0 (2007/2008)
Heriot-Watt University - Module Descriptor Template (RAY)
Module Title
Electromagnetism and Optics
School
EPS
Module
Co-ordinator
Physics Teaching Group Convener
SCQF
Level
9
Module
Code
B29ER
Semester
1
On or OffCampus
on
Credits
15
9. Learning Outcomes (HWU Core Skills: Employability and Professional Career Readiness)
Subject Mastery
Understanding, Knowledge and Cognitive Skills
Scholarship, Enquiry and Research (Research-Informed Learning)
Ability to tackle problems relating fields to matter and vice-versa.
Appreciation of the vector basis of electromagnetism.
Understanding of the use of Maxwell’s equations as a unified electromagnetic description.
Applications of plane wave equation solutions at boundaries.
Understanding of basic optics and optical systems, including lenses and how they can be used in microscopes, telescopes etc.
Understanding of the concepts of polarisation and techniques for generating polarised light.
Personal Abilities
Industrial, Commercial & Professional Practice
Autonomy, Accountability & Working with Others
Communication, Numeracy & ICT
Students should develop abilities to:
critically evaluate a problem; plan and organise their work; review and evaluate academic materials; express and interpret physical data
graphically; solve problems mathematically.
Take an interest in the impact of electromagnetic theory; Make critical and evaluative comment; Think independently about the subject.
Make effective use of online learning support materials; Make effective use of the support of academic and tutorial support staff; organise their
study time in a way that allows them to meet coursework submission deadlines and prepare effectively for assessments
10. Assessment Methods
Method
11. Re-assessment Methods
Duration of Exam
Weighting (%)
Synoptic modules?
Method
(if applicable)
Exam
Coursework including class tests (open
book)
2 hours
N/A
Duration of Exam
(if applicable)
80%
20%
no
no
Exam (100%)
2 hours
12. Date and Version
Date of Proposal
19/04/08
Date of Approval by
School Committee
Date of
Implementation
Version
Number
2
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