Knowledge and understanding:
At the end of this course the student should know the basic phenomena of the
classical electromagnetism and the underlying physical laws. Moreover, he should
be able to resolve problems on the subjects treated in the theory lectures.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
The student should be able to analyze the electromagnetic phenomena and to
interpret them on the basis of the mathematical formulation of the physical laws.
It is important to have an appropriate knowledge of classical mechanics and
ondulatory phenomena as treated in the course of General Physics 1.
Course contents summary
The course is structured in two parts: theory and problems. The theory lectures
cover the following subjects:
-Coulomb's law and electric field -Gauss's law -Electric Potential-Conductors-
Capacitance-Dielectrics -Current and resistance-DC circuits
-Magnetostatics-Diamagnetism, paramagnetism and ferromagnetism
-RL and LC circuits
-Maxwell equations -Electromagnetic waves
The problems are focused on the subjects treated in the theory part.
Coulomb law and the electric field
Conductors, capacitance and dielectrics
Currents and Magnetism
Current and resistance
Magnetic fields and currents
Magnetism in matter
Time dependent fields and waves
Self-inductance and mutual inductance
The Maxwell equations and electromagnetic waves
G. Cantatore, L. Vitale, Gettys Fisica 2 Elettromagnetismo-Onde. McGraw-Hill Libri
Italia, Milano, 2011.
Slides will be used to convey the most important messages of the theory lectures.
The problems will be resolved at the blackboard, possibly with the participation of
Assessment methods and criteria
Written examinations with problems followed by an oral examination if the mark is comprised between 13 and 18.