Course detail

General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism)

FSI-TF2Acad. year: 2020/2021

The course gives an explanation for classical electromagnetism. The description of electrostatic field is based on the Coulomb interaction. The description of magnetism, electromagnetic induction and temporally variable fields is based on the description of basic experiments towards the formulation of the Maxwell equations and towards the description of the electromagnetic wave in a vacuum. The field of stationary and quasistationary flux in a conductor is assumed in the electric circuits for the solution of which the Kirchhoff laws are formulated. The properties of conductors, dielectrics and magnetics are described with respect to understanding of effects in the materials and of significance of materials constants. Topics of lectures correspond to the extent of university basic-course textbooks.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course provides students with the competence to apply differential, integral and vector calculus to the calculation of intensity and potential of electric and magnetic fields and of the behaviour of charged particles in these fields. The course develops the competence of abstract thinking, as well as the ability to generalise experimental knowledge during the process of the physical-laws formulation.


Students are expected to have working knowledge of differential, integral, and vector calculus, and of the physics on the secondary-school level.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

HALLIDAY, D. - RESNICK, R. - WALKER, J.: Fyzika. VUTIUM, Brno 2001
HALLIDAY, D. - RESNICK, R. - WALKER, J.: Fyzika (2. vydání). VUTIUM, Brno 2013 (CS)
B. SEDLÁK, I. ŠTOLL: Elektřina a magnetismus. Karolinum, 2012. (CS)
SEDLÁK, B., ŠTOLL, I.: Elektřina a magnetismus. Academia Praha, 1993
D. J. Griffiths: Introduction to Electrodynamics.Addison-Wesley, 2012.
ŠANTAVÝ, I., LIŠKA, M.: Elektromagnetismus. Skriptum VUT v Brně. Elektronická verze:
E. M. Purcell, D. J. Morin: Electricity and Magnetism. 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press 2013 (EN)
E. M. Purcell, D. J. Morin: Electricity and Magnetism. 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press 2013 (EN)
D. J. Griffiths: Introduction to Electrodynamics.Addison-Wesley, 2012.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The overall classification depends on the result of continuous examination in the form of tests during the exercises and on the final examination which contains a test, solving of tasks and an oral part.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal of the course is to inform students about the electromagnetic interaction and related processes in a vacuum and in matters, to clarify mutual relation between an electric and a magnetic field, and the significance of the Maxwell equations, and to show the relation of electromagnetism, optics and the theory of circuits.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Attendance at the exercises is obligatory.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-FIN-P Bachelor's, 1. year of study, summer semester, 7 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



39 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Electric charge.
Intensity of electrostatic field.
The Gauss’ law.
Potential of electrostatic field.
Capacity and capacitors. Dielectrics.
Electric conductivity and the Ohm’s law. The Kirchhof’s laws and solution of electric circuits.
Impact of the magnetic field on the charged particle and on the conductor with the flux.
The Ampére’s law. The Biot-Savart’s law.
Magnetic field in substances.
Electromagnetic induction. Induction.
Oscillation in RLC circuit.
The Maxwell equations.
Electromagnetic waves.

Electromagnetic waves.


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Solving problem related to the topics of lectures.


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