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Foundations of Electromagnetics

  • Number of credits 6 Credits
  • Level Bachelor's level
  • Starting Spring Term 2019

About the course

The course deals with the foundations of electromagnetism where electrostatics, with Coulomb's law, is a starting point. The electric field is defined and electrostatic field equations are derived. Electrical conductors are treated both statically and with a stationary current density. Insulators are treated macroscopically in terms of electrical dipole density. Electrical fields are determined mathematically by partial differential equations with boundary conditions. The magnetostatic theory is treated analogously with electrostatics, the starting point is the Lorentz force and law of Biot-Savart. The magnetic field is defined and the magnetostatic field equations are derived. Magnetic materials are given a macroscopic treatment in terms of magnetic dipole density. Finally, the theory is generalized and this leads to the Maxwell equations. Computer software is used to solve the electrostatic field equations.

Application and eligibility

Foundations of Electromagnetics, 6 hp

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Lectures begin on week starting 11 February 2019


Lectures end during the week of 8 April 2019

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 40%

Required Knowledge

Mathematics of Physical Models or equivalent.


Academic credits Applicants in some programs at Umeå University have guaranteed admission to this course. The number of places for a single course may therefore be limited.

Application code



Application deadline was 15 October 2018. Please note: This second application round is intended only for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens. Submit a late application at

Application and Tuition fees

As a citizen of a country outside the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees for studies at Umeå University.

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Contact person for the course is:
Gert Brodin