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Course module: 202000653
Electro- and Magnetostatics
Course info
Course module202000653
Credits (ECTS)9
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact W.T.E. van den Beld
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Contactperson for the course W.T.E. van den Beld
Examiner W.T.E. van den Beld
Lecturer M.A. van der Hoef
Examiner M.P. de Jong
dr. A.Y. Kovalgin
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  • The student is able to use Maxwell's classical theory of electromagnetism to describe and evaluate electromagnetic fields and waves produced by electric charges, which are either stationary (producing static electric fields), moving at constant velocity (producing static magnetic fields) or  accelerating (leading to emission/absorption of electromagnetic waves)
  • The student is able to calculate vectors fields (e.g. forces or heat flow) using scalar fields (e.g. force- or potential fields i.c.w. Maxwell's field theory) for species (having certain mass, thermal properties or charge) which are stationary or moving at a constant velocity.
  • The student is able to design, construct and test a sending antenna for a wireless communication device. The working of a finite elements method (COMSOL) is understood and is applied to calculate electromagnetic radiation (antenna patterns and impedance) to optimize the antenna design.
  • The student can translate a partial differential equation problem to COMSOL and validate the result of the evaluation.    
  • The student can predict how electric fields behave inside linear, isotropic materials.
  • The student is able to work in a group to gain knowledge in a Problem Based Learning style.
Electrostatics: electric field, Coulomb's Law, superposition of fields from charges and charge distributions, Gauss's Law, electrostatic potential, dipole, equations of Laplace and Poisson, dielectrics, electrostatic analogues;
Magnetostatics: magnetic field, Ampere's Law, Law of Biot and Savart, vector potential, current and current density, magnetic dipole, energy density;
Module 7
Participating study
Bachelor Advanced Technology
Required materials
online version of R. Feynman, R. Leighton, and M. Sands, "The Feynman Lectures on Physics"
Recommended materials
R. Feynman, R. Leighton, and M. Sands, "The Feynman Lectures on Physics" , 3 volumes 1964, 1966 ISBN-10: 0-201-02115-3, ISBN-13: 978-0-201-02115-8 (1970 paperback three-volume set) ISBN-10: 0-201-50064-7, ISBN-13: 978-0-201-50064-6 (1989 commemorative hardcover three-volume set) ISBN-10: 0-8053-9045-6, ISBN-13: 978-0-8053-9045-2 (2006 the definitive edition (2nd printing); hardcover)
D.J. Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics" ISBN-10: 0-321-85656-2, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-85656-2
D.K. Cheng, "Field and wave electromagnetics" ISBN-10: 0-201-12819-5, ISBN-13: 978-0-201-12819-2
Instructional modes
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Project supervised
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Project unsupervised

Self study with assistance
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Self study without assistance

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