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Programme (detailed contents):

v  Magnetostatics.

v  Induction phenomena.

v  Maxwell's equations in vacuum.

v  Electromagnetic wave propagation.

v   Plane waves. Electromagnetic energy.

v  Energy propagation.



v  Courses (20h) + Tutorials (5.5h)


Main difficulties for students:

v  Gaps in linear algebra and vector. v  Gaps in Euclidean geometry. Lack of logical-deductive mind to simplify a problem to achieve equated concrete physical problems.



At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

v  Introduce the essential elements of classical electromagnetism theory, covering

v  Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, static field equations, inductance


The student will be able to:


v  Identify the relevant variables of a magneto-static problem, and electromagnetism at variable regime.

v  Simplify a problem to be able to calculate useful physical quantities.

v  Geometrize in 3D any electromagnetism problem in static or variable regime.

v  Extract all the physical properties of an electromagnetic wave from the Maxwell equations


Needed prerequisite

Electrostatic courses (INSA first year)- Linear and Vector algebra-  Euclidean geometry.

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...


J.-M. Bauduin, Électromagnétisme, Ellipses, Paris, 2001

M. Hulin & J.-P. Maury, Les Bases de l'électromagnétisme, Dunod, Paris, 1991

L. Landau & E. Lifshitz, Théorie du champ, éd. Mir, Moscou, 1966

J.-M. Osborne, Électromagnétisme, Vuibert, Paris, 2000

C. Cohen-Tannoudji, B. Diu & F. Laloë, Mécanique quantique, Hermann, Paris, 1977

Additional information

Magnetostatics, Maxwell equations, electromagnetic variable regime , induction, wave propagation, electromagnetic energy.