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PHY1013F: Physics B for Engineers

This is the first-year, first semester electromagnetism, waves and optics half course for engineering students. Students entering this course should have passed, or have been given credit and exemption (CX) from, PHY1012S or PHY1012F. Many students will have previously attended, but not passed, PHY1013S.


Dr Howard Pearce

Entrance requirements

Consult engineering handbook

Course outline

Electric charge, electric field, Gauss's law, electric potential, capacitance, current, current density, emf, resistance, resistivity, networks, the magnetic field, Biot-Savart law, Ampere's law, electromagnetic induction, inductance, simple harmonic motion, oscillations, the wave model, travelling waves, sound & light, the Doppler effect, superposition, standing waves, light & optics, interference of light, diffraction.


  • Dr Howard Pearce

Course tutor

  • TBA

Course resources