Course detail

General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism)

FSI-TF2Acad. year: 2023/2024

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.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Entry knowledge

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

Rules for evaluation and completion of the course

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.
Attendance at the exercises is obligatory.


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.
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.

Study aids

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

HALLIDAY, D. - RESNICK, R. - WALKER, J.: Fyzika. VUTIUM, Brno 2001
SEDLÁK, B., ŠTOLL, I.: Elektřina a magnetismus. Academia Praha, 1993
D. J. Griffiths: Introduction to Electrodynamics.Addison-Wesley, 2012.
E. M. Purcell, D. J. Morin: Electricity and Magnetism. 3rd edition, Cambridge University Press 2013 (EN)

Recommended reading

HALLIDAY, D. - RESNICK, R. - WALKER, J.: Fyzika (2. vydání). VUTIUM, Brno 2013 (CS)
B. SEDLÁK, I. ŠTOLL: Elektřina a magnetismus. Karolinum, 2012. (CS)
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)
D. J. Griffiths: Introduction to Electrodynamics.Addison-Wesley, 2012.


Classification of course in study plans

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