Introduction to Electromagnetism I

Hiroshi AMANO Professor

Department: Institute of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Class Time: 2010 Fall Monday
Recommended for: Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, School of Engineering

close Course Overview

Course Overview

During the course Electromagnetism I, we analyze several shapes of electric field around a fixed charge, metal and dielectrics, magnetic fields around an electric charge moving in constant velocity, and the magnetic field around the magnetic dipole.

Key Features

In this class, the mechanisms of electromagnetic phenomena in our lives, such as forecasting earthquakes, thunder, electric vehicles, etc., will be introduced and discussed. You may need to understand several laws of electromagnetism such as Coulomb's law, Gauss' law, Ampere's law, etc. The historical background of how each law was developed will be shown and an explanation given of how to easily understand them. The students will deepen their understanding by doing exercises related to each law taught in the class.

Close Section

close Syllabus

Course Aims

The objective of this class is, firstly, to understand how pioneers developed electromagnetics, and secondly to learn how to analyze electromagnetic fields based on mathematics; and thirdly to apply this knowledge to other issues related to electromagnetics.

In this class, you will learn about electric fields around a static charge in any shape, and magnetic fields around a static current.

The goal of this class is as follows:

  • You will be able to understand the physical meaning of electric fields and magnetic fields.
  • You will be able to understand many laws of physics and analyze static electric fields and magnetic fields by yourself.

Course Requirements

This is a compulsory subject.

Course Schedule

Session Contents
1 History of the development of electromagnetism, Electromagnetic phenomena in our lives
2 Essential mathematics for understanding electromagnetism 1: Differentials and Integrals
3 Essential mathematics for understanding electromagnetism 2: Vector analysis
4 Coulomb's law
5 Electric field and electric flux, Gauss' law
6 Electrical potential, Electrostatic potential energy
7 Electric dipole, Electric field and electrical potential around the electric dipole
8 Electrical conductor, Metal, Electric shield, Earth and ground
9 Capacitor (Condenser)
10 Dielectrics, Electrostatic potential energy in capacitor
11 Definition of Ampere, Electric circuit and current, Kirchhoff's law
12 Lorentz force, Magnetism, Magnetic field and magnetic flux
13 Ampere's law, Bio-Savart law
14 Stokes' Theorem
15 Summary / Final exam


Grading will be 80% examination exercise, and the other 20% based on two reports.

Close Section

close Class Materials

Page last updated October 28, 2014

The class contents were most recently updated on the date indicated. Please be aware that there may be some changes between the most recent year and the current page.

Browse by Category

  • Letters
  • History
  • Arts & Culture
  • Politics & Economics
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Education, Development & Psychology
  • International Studies
  • Informatics
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Life Sciences & Medicine
  • Environmental Studies & Earth Studies

Browse by School / Graduate School