School of Mathematics School of Mathematics
Module MA3432 - Classical electrodynamics 2010-11 ( )
Lecturer: Dr. Nigel Buttimore

Requirements/prerequisites: prerequisite: MA3431
Duration: Hilary term, 11 weeks

Number of lectures per week: 3 lectures including tutorials per week

Assessment: Assignments will not contribute formally to the final result except in bordeline cases.

ECTS credits: 5
End-of-year Examination: This module will be examined jointly with MA3431 in a 3-hour examination in Trinity term, except that those taking just one of the two modules will have a 2 hour examination. However there will be separate results for MA3432 and MA3431.


The purpose of Module MA3432 is to outline the properties of a Classical Eletrodynamics as an example of a massless vector field and to indicate important features in the theory of radiation, including the intensity and direction of emanations from accelerated particles with charge. Applications to determining the motion of charged particles in particular electric and magnetic fields are considered, emphasis being placed upon the rôle of radiation in finding the dynamics of the particles.

The module forms an element of the undergraduate programme in theoretical physics being built upon prerequisite first and second year courses in classical dynamics and mathematics and leading to courses in the fourth and final year including quantum field theory.


Module website:


  1. Classical Electrodynamics, J. David Jackson, John Wiley (3rd edition) 1998

  2. Introduction to Electrodynamics, David J. Griffiths, Prentice-Hall, 1999

  3. Electrodynamics courses at Stanford University: EM fields & EM radiation

Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module, students will be able to: Oct 2, 2011

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