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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 2018/9 (current)

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

available module versions
WS 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 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, MA9937, MA9938, MA9939, MA9940

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

Learning and Teaching Methods

Lecture: black-board presentation

Open tutorial: The open tutorial provides the opportunity for solving the exercises for oneself or as a group. The open tutorial is overseen by different tutors an leaves room for further discussions and exchange with other students.

Tutorial: The tutorial is held in small groups. In the tutorial the weekly exercises are presented by the students and the tutor. They also provide room for discussions and additional explanations to the lectures.


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

There will be a written exam of 90 minutes duration. Therein the achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using calculation problems and comprehension questions.

For example an assignment in the exam might be:

  • calculation of the electro-magnetic field of a given distribution of charges or currents
  • multipole analysis of the radiation field of an antenna

Participation in the exercise classes is strongly recommended since the exercises prepare for the problems of the exam and rehearse the specific competencies.

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 applicable to the exam period directly following the lecture period (not to the exam repetition) and subject to the condition that the student passes the mid-term of

  • obtaining at least 50% of the points in the homework problems
  • active participation in the exercise classes by presenting exercise solutions and participating in the on-topic discussions

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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