6 ECTS credits
175 h study time
Offer 1 with catalog number 1017189BNR for all students in the 1st semester at a (B) Bachelor - advanced level.
Electricity and magnetism:
- electrostatics (electric field and potential, Gauss' law)
- capacitors and dielectrics
- current and resistance
- DC circuits
- magnetic field (force of a magnetic field on charges and current carrying wires, sources of magnetic fields, Ampère's law)
- electromagnetic induction (Faraday's law, inductance and magnetic materials)
- AC circuits
For students following this full course (6SP):
- Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves in vacuum
- conservation laws in physics (charge conservation, conservation of electromagnetic energy, ...)
- notions of Electromagnetic waves in media (dielectrics, metals, ...)
- illustrations of conservation laws and dynamical laws in Biology (Systems Biology)
Complementary study material:
Any other University Phsyics textbook, e.g.
University Physics (H. Benson)
Physics (E. Hecht)
Physics (H. Ohanian)
Physics (Giancoli)
This course is a follow-up course of "Physics: oscillations, waves and thermodynamics" of the 1st Bachelor year. Primary objective is continuing the physics eduction started in the first year. The course is oriented towards students for whom physics is not a major in their study curriculum. However, for science students, physics is important in order to learn about model construction and the (mathematical) respresentation of the physical reality. Besides, physics also gives an overview of the structure of material world in terms of matter (atoms and molecules) and radiation, and their interactions. Emphasis is both on theoretical insight as well as problem solving abilities.
In the student labs the concept of model validation through experiments is essential. A complimentary learning objective is the use of English as a scientific language through the use of an english textbook, and further strengthening of the oral and written presentation skills.
Competences
A. General competences
1. The student is capable of modeling and analyzing a physical problem using standard techniques from mathematical physics.
2. The bachelor has a basic knowledge of the scientific method, the relevance of physics in other branches of science and society.
3. The student is able to produce a scientific report and present his/her measurements accurately. The student can use a word processor and electronic spreadsheets, produce and interpret charts.
4. The student is familiar with mathematical techniques in physics, like vector calculation, derivatives, integrals and complex numbers, and is able to physically interpret mathematical equations.
B. Specific competences
1. The student knows Maxwell’s equations in integral and differential form and can interpret them.
2. The student knows Coulomb’s law and is able to find the electric field strength and the electric potential generated by a charge distribution.
3. The student can interpret and apply Gauss’s law to symmetric charge distributions.
4. The student knows the concept electric dipole and its interaction with an external electric field. The student understands dipole-dipole interactions.
5. The student can calculate the capacity of simple, symmetric configurations of conductors and dielectrics.
6. The student is able to apply Kirchoff’s laws to simple electric circuits consisting of resistors, capacitors and DC sources. He/she knows the RC-time of an RC circuit.
7. The student is able to calculate the magnetic force on a current-carrying conductor.
8. The student is able to calculate the magnetic field induced by a moving charge.
9. The student knows the concept magnetic dipole and its interaction with an external magnetic field.
10. The student knows Biot & Savart’s law and is able to use it to calculate the magnetic field strength.
11. The student is able to apply Ampère’s law and Faraday-Lenz’s law.
12. The student knows the concepts mutual and self-inductance and is able to apply them.
13. The student is able to calculate the currents and voltages in a series circuit consisting of a resistor, capacitor and inductor after an energy impuls.
14. The student is able to calculate the currents and voltages in a series circuit consisting of a resistor, capacitor, inductor and AC source. He/she knows the concept resonance and is able to apply it to such circuits.
15. The student knows the basic features of electromagnetic waves, understands how these are related to Maxwell’s equations, and is able to mathematically express the electric and magnetic field of monochromatic electromagnetic plane waves.
16. The student knows the Poynting vector and its mathematical expression and is able to interpret it.
17. The student knows the law of conservation of energy in the electromagnetic field (Poynting’s theorem).
18. The student knows the law of conservation of charge and its mathematical expression and is able to interpret it.
19. The student knows the general form of a conservation law in physics and its mathematical expression.
20. The student has basic knowledge about the behavior of electric and magnetic fields in matter.
21. The student is able to integrate all these concepts and apply them to integrated problems and assignments.
C. General interdisciplinary competences
The bachelor also developed the general competences required by the Faculty of Science and Bio-Engineering Sciences:
1. The bachelor has gained the necessary theoretical insights and methodological skills to successfully begin a subsequent master program at national and European universities.
2. Although our priority is to prepare the student for the master program, the bachelor will also develop skills and attitudes useful for the labor market.
3. The bachelor possesses the necessary skills and attitudes to gain and use new knowledge independently.
4. The bachelor is able to consult scientific sources, collect, select and process information.
5. The bachelor is able to understand professional literature in English (scientific English).
6. The bachelor has an inquisitive attitude.
7. The bachelor possesses the necessary computer skills.
8. The bachelor is able to present his/her results by letter or orally.
9. The bachelor is able to function in a team. He/she can communicate with colleagues from his/her own as well as from other, related scientific disciplines.
10. The bachelor is able to work and plan independently, evaluate and adjust him/herself.
The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Oral Exam determines 35% of the final mark.
Written Exam determines 40% of the final mark.
PRAC Practical Assignment determines 25% of the final mark.
Within the Oral Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
Within the Written Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
Within the PRAC Practical Assignment category, the following assignments need to be completed:
Work during the year (labs + reports): 25%. No second session exam is organised for this part.
Written exam (exercises, problem solving): 40%
Oral exam (theory): 35%
Attendance at the lab sessions is mandatory.
This offer is part of the following study plans:
Bachelor of Chemistry: Default track (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Geography: Default track (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Bioengineering Sciences: Profile Cell and Gene Biotechnology (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Bioengineering Sciences: Profile Chemistry and Bioprocess Technology (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Bioengineering Sciences: Initial track (only offered in Dutch)