Theoretical Physics 2 (Electrodynamics)

Module PH0006 [ThPh 2]

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Module version of WS 2016/7 (current)

There are historic module descriptions of this module. A module description is valid until replaced by a newer one.

available module versions
WS 2016/7WS 2010/1

Basic Information

PH0006 is a semester module in German language at Bachelor’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Mandatory Modules in Bachelor Programme Physics (3rd Semester)
  • Physics Modules for Students of Education

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
240 h 120 h 8 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH0006 is Björn Garbrecht.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


Electrostatics and magnetostatics
Maxwell's theory with given charge and current distributions
Maxwell's equations in matter
Potentials, gauge transformations
Energy and momentum conservation
Waves and diffraction
Multipole expansion
Field of a moving point charge
Special theory of relativity
Stress–energy tensor

Learning Outcome

After successful participation, the student will be able to:
1.) solve differential equations with boundary conditions
2.) apply Maxwell's equations to compute field distributions
3.) solve wave equations in vaccuum and in matter
4.) calculate fields of moving charge distributions with Greens functions
5.) calculate fields in reference frames with uniform motion
6.) understand tensor algebra and how to apply spherical harmonics.


PH0001, PH0002, PH0005, MA9201, MA9202, MA9203

for students studying bachelor of science education mathematics / physics: PH0001, PH0002, PH0005, MA1003, MA1004, MA1103, MA1104

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VU 6 Theoretische Physik 2 (Elektrodynamik) Garbrecht, B. Dienstag, 10:00–12:00
Freitag, 10:00–12:00
sowie Termine in Gruppen
VO 2 Spezielle Funktionen in der theoretischen Physik Kaiser, N. Montag, 14:00–16:00
UE 2 Offenes Tutorium zu Theoretische Physik 2 (Elektrodynamik) Garbrecht, B. Mittwoch, 14:00–16:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

teacher-centered teaching
Special topics tutorials:
teacher-centered teaching with sample calculations
solutions for problem sheets, discussions and explanations


Blackboard or powerpoint presentations
Accompanying information online


J.D. Jackson: Klassische Elektrodynamik (W. De Gruyter, 3. Auflage 2001)
D.J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The learning outcome is tested in a written exam of 90 minutes duration. Participation in tutorials is strongly recommended.

There will be a bonus (one intermediate stepping of "0,3" to the better grade) on passed module exams (4,3 is not upgraded to 4,0). The bonus is applicaple to the exam period directly following the lecture period (not to the exam repetition) and subject to sollowing conditions:

  1.     The student obtained at least 50 % of the points in the homework sheets and
  2.     passed the mid-term exam.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Prüfung zu Theoretische Physik 2 (Elektrodynamik)
Do, 16.2.2017, 10:30 bis 12:00 101
MI: 00.02.001
Physik I: 2501
bis 15.1.2017 (Abmeldung bis 9.2.2017)
Di, 18.4.2017, 13:30 bis 15:00 00.02.001
MI: 00.02.001
bis 3.4.2017 (Abmeldung bis 11.4.2017)

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