Department of Information & Communication Systems Engineering
University of the Aegean

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Title: Physics
Lesson Code: 321-2052
Semester: 1
Theory Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2
Faculty: Kofinas Georgios
Content outline

Electrostatics: Coulomb’s law, electric field, potential, flux, Gauss’s law, Poisson equation, potential energy, boundary conditions, method of images, electric dipole, multipole expansion, conductors, capacity, dielectrics, polarization, electrical displacement. Electric current, continuity equation, steady current, Ohm’s law. Magnetostatics: Laplace’s force, Lorentz, force on a current-carrying wire, magnetic dipole, Biot-Savart’s law, Ampere’s law, vector potential, field of a magnetic dipole, magnetic materials, magnetization. Ampere-Maxwell’s equation, Faraday’s equation, scalar potential of EM field, mutual inductance, self inductance, RL, RC, RLC circuits, Maxwell’s equations, energy/momentum conservation theorems, equations of potentials in Coulonb, Lorentz gauges, elements of electromagnetic waves.

Learning outcomes

The course covers and expands material which is normally presented in the last years of high school but using higher mathematics. One of its basic goals is to introduce the students to the use of differential calculus and vector analysis to the study of the laws of electrostatics, magnetostatics and electromagnetism. Using integrals the student should be able to compute the electric field and potential of various distributions of charge which have some symmetry in their geometry or respectively the magnetic field of moving charges and currents. Various theorems and equations (e.g. Gauss, Biot-Savart, Ampere, Faraday, Maxwell’s equations) should be understood in their general form and not just in their simplified versions exposed in high school textbooks. Beyond that, one of the objectives of the course is the physical and mathematical study of more sophisticated topics of electricity and magnetism, such as the method of images, the electric dipole, the dielectrics, the magnetic materials, the scalar and vector potentials of electromagnetism, the energy/momentum conservation theorems and elements of electromagnetic waves.


Not required.

Basic Textbooks

1. Fundamentals of Physics, Electromagnetism, Halliday, Rensick, Walker.
2. Instructor’s notes.

Additional References

1. Physics for Scientists and Engineers,Vol ΙΙ, Electromagnetism, R. Serway, translated by L. Resvani.
2. Fundamental university physics, Vol ΙI, Electromagnetism, Alonso,Finn, translated by L.Resvani and T. Filippa.
3. Berkeley physics course, Vol 2, Electricity and Magnetism, Physics labs NTUA.

Learning Activities and Teaching Methods

Presentation of the theory through examples, solutions of exercises in the teaching hours and in the problem session hours.

Assessment/Grading Methods

Ατομικές και ομαδικές εργασίες, μικρά τεστ στη μορφή κουίζ, τελική γραπτή εξέταση.

Activity Semester workload
Lectures 39 hours
Review-Problem Session hours 26 hours
Personal study 56 hours
Πρόοδος 1 hour
Final exams 3 hours
Course total 125 hours (5 ECTS)
Language of Instruction
Greek, English (for Erasmus students)
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