The main objective of this course is to understand the Physics of Electromagnetism and to develop simple mathematical formalisms to analyze the electromagnetic fields and interactions. This is a calculus-based introductory course with maximum emphasis on applying the acquired knowledge to solving problems.


Electric Charge, Conductors and Insulators, Coulomb’s Law, Electric Fields due to a Point Charge and an Electric Dipole, Electric Field due to a Charge Distribution,   Electric Dipole in an Electric Field, Electric Flux, Gauss’ Law and its Applications in Planar, Spherical and Cylindrical Symmetry.

Electric Potential:

Equipotential Surfaces, Potential due to a Point Charge and a Group of Point Charges, Potential due to an Electric Dipole, Potential due to a Charge Distribution, Relation between Electric Field and , Electric Potential Energy.

Capacitors and Capacitance:

Parallel Plate, Cylindrical and Spherical capacitors, Capacitors in Series and Parallel, Energy Stored in an Electric Field, Dielectrics and Gauss’ Law (1 week).

DC Circuits:

Electric Current and  Current  Density,  Resistance  and
Resistivity, Ohm’s Law, Power in Electric Circuits, Semiconductors and Superconductors, Work, Energy, and EMF, Resistances in Series and Parallel, Single and Multi-loop Circuits, Kirchhoff’s Rules, RC Circuits, Charging and Discharging of a Capacitor.

Magnetic Field and Magnetic Force:

Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields and their Applications, Hall Effect, Magnetic Force on a Current Carrying Wire, Torque on a Current Loop, Magnetic Dipole Moment, Magnetic Field Due to a Current, Force between two Parallel Currents, Ampere’s Law, Biot- Savart Law: Magnetic Field due to a Current, Long Straight Wire carrying Current, Solenoids and Toroids, A current-carrying Coil as a Magnetic Dipole, Inductance, Faraday’s Law of Induction, Lenz’s Law, Induction and Energy Transfers, Induced Electric Fields, Inductors and Inductances, Self Inductance, RL Circuits, Energy Stored in a Magnetic Field, Energy Density, Mutual Induction.

Alternating Fields and Currents:

LC Oscillations, Damped Oscillations in an RLC circuit, Alternating Currents, Forced Oscillations, Resistive, Capacitive, and Inductive Loads, RLC series Circuit, Power in AC Circuits, Transformers, Gauss’ Law for Magnetism, Induced Magnetic Fields, Displacement Current, Spin & Orbital Magnetic Dipole Moment, Diamagnetism, Paramagnetism, Ferromagnetism, Hysteresis.