The electromagnetic force, unifying electrical and magnetic forces, is one of the four fundamental forces. With gravitation, it is one of the two manifesting at a macroscopic level. It is well understood and is necessary for the functioning of contemporary society.
This course aims to emphasize both the mathematical richness of the theory and the use of electric and magnetic forces in everyday technology.
The course follows the canonical conceptual development of electromagnetic theory. It starts with techniques for computing electric and magnetic fields due to different charge and current distribution, followed by the formulation of Maxwell’s equations. These finally lead up to a foundational analysis of electromagnetic waves.
This course will teach mathematical tools required to develop the theory and will include an equally important and significant laboratory component to complement classroom discussions.