FYS1120 – Electromagnetism
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
The course describes basic electrical and magnetic phenomena, as well as laws for electrical circuits, both at direct current and alternating current. The course gives a thorough introduction to Maxwell´s equations, and how to use them to derive the characteristics of electromagnetic waves.
After having completed the course:
- you have extensive knowledge of electrical and magnetic fields, sources of fields, Maxwell equations in integral and differential form, and you can calculate such fields using analytical and numerical methods
- you can account for electrical and magnetic forces, as well as energy stored in electrical and magnetic fields
- you know basic phenomena in electricity and magnetism and can account for a range of technological solutions that many use daily
- you can analyze a linear electric circuit and calculate currents and voltage differences in different parts of the circuit, both for DC and AC
- you have knowledge of why both traditional and numerical solution methods are important to the subject and have experience in applying both types of methods to electromagnetic issues
- you can present a chosen topic from relevant physics for fellow students
Admission to the course
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.
Special admission requirements
In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:
- Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2
And in addition one of these:
- Physics (1+2)
- Chemistry (1+2)
- Biology (1+2)
- Information technology (1+2)
- Geosciences (1+2)
- Technology and theories of research (1+2)
The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).
Formal prerequisite knowledge
The following courses must be taken earlier than the first mandatory laboratory in FYS1120:
For further information see website for transitional arrangements between old and new HSE courses
Recommended previous knowledge
- MAT1100 – Calculus
- MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and Computations
- IN1900 – Introduction to Programming with Scientific Applications
- MAT1110 – Calculus and Linear Algebra
- FYS-MEK1110 – Mechanics
- MEK1100 – Vector Calculus
- 10 credits overlap with FYS1120L – Electromagnetism.
The first lecture is mandatory. If you are unable to attend, the Department of Physics has to be informed no later than the same day (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org), or else you will lose your place in the course.
The course extends over a full semester with 10 hours of teaching per week:
- 2 double lecture hours
- 2 hours of group teaching
- 2 hours of oracle
- 2 hours of guidance for the computational essay
The course includes the following mandatory exercises that must be approved before you can sit the final exam:
4 mandatory assignments
Computational essay with an oral presentation
Participation in at least 75% of the group teachings will exempt you from one of the four mandatory assignments.
Participation in both the initial and final mapping tests will exempt you from one of the four mandatory assignments.
Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.
To attend mandatory laboratory classes, the following courses must be passed before the first compulsory laboratory in FYS1120:
As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.
- Written midterm exam, 3 hours, which counts 25% towards the final grade
- Final written exam, 4 hours, which counts 75% towards the final grade
This course has mandatory assignments that must be approved before you can sit the finale exam.
Examination support material
- Approved calculator
- Rottman: "Matematisk formelsamling"
- Øgrim and Lian or Angell and Lian: "Fysiske størrelser og enheter"
Language of examination
The examination text is given in Norwegian. You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more: