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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 2010/1

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

Whether the module’s courses are offered during a specific semester is listed in the section Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature below.

available module versions
WS 2021/2WS 2020/1WS 2019/20WS 2018/9WS 2017/8WS 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 in the version of WS 2010/1 was Norbert Kaiser.

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

VO 4 Theoretical Physics 2 (Electrodnamics) Garbrecht, B. Fri, 10:00–12:00, PH HS1
Tue, 10:00–12:00, PH HS1
UE 2 Open Tutorial for Theoretical Physics 2 (Electrodynamics)
Responsible/Coordination: Garbrecht, B.
Wed, 12:00–14:00, ZEI 0001
UE 2 Exercise to Theoretical Physics 2 (Electrodnamics)
Responsible/Coordination: Garbrecht, B.
dates in groups eLearning
UE 2 Large Tutorial to Theoretical Physics 2 (Electrodynamics) Kaiser, N. Mon, 16:00–18:00, PH HS1
and singular or moved dates

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. 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

The exam may be repeated 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.

Exam to Theoretical Physics 2 (Electrodynamics)
Mon, 2022-02-28, 14:15 till 15:45 0.003
MW: 2001
Bitte beachten Sie die Hinweise unter // Please read the information at carefully. till 2022-01-15 (cancelation of registration till 2022-02-21)
Wed, 2022-04-06, 11:30 till 13:00 MW: 0001
MW: 2001
Bitte beachten Sie die Hinweise unter // Please read the information at carefully. till 2022-04-03
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