By Prof. Nirmal Ganguli   |   IISER Bhopal
Learners enrolled: 2786
In this course students will learn and apply properties of electric and magnetic fields in the presence of static charge and current distributions. They will also understand, analyze, and apply Maxwell’s equations that govern the dynamics of electric and magnetic fields.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Physics
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 18 Jan 2021
End Date : 09 Apr 2021
Enrollment Ends : 01 Feb 2021
Exam Date : 25 Apr 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Vector algebra, Introduction to vector calculus: gradient, divergence, and curl
Week 2 : Cylindrical and spherical coordinate systems, line, surface, and volume elements
Week 3 : Divergence theorem, Stokes theorem, and Dirac Delta function 
Week 4 : Electrostatics: Coulomb’s law, Gauss’s law: differential and integral forms, application
Week 5 : Electric potential, Poisson and Laplace equation (no solution), Method of images, Energy of a charge distribution 
Week 6 : Field and potential due to dipole, Polarization in a dielectric, Linear dielectrics, Force on dielectrics 
Week 7 : Motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields, Electric currents: line, surface, and volume
currents and current densities, Electrical conductivity and Ohm’s law, Equation of continuity, Energy dissipation
Week 8 : Magnetostatics: Biot-Savart law, Divergence and curl of B, Differential and integral form of Ampere’s law
Week 9 : Vector potential, Magnetic dipoles, Magnetization in materials, Dia, para, and ferromagnetism
Week 10 : Electrodynamics, electromagnetic induction, motional emf and Faraday’s law
Week 11 : Inductance and energy in a magnetic field, the displacement currents, Maxwell’s equations
Week 12 : Electrodynamics within the framework of Maxwell’s equations and outlook

Books and references

Introduction to Electrodynamics, D. J. Griffiths
Vector Analysis, M. R. Spiegel
Modern Electrodynamics, A. Zangwill

Instructor bio

Prof. Nirmal Ganguli

IISER Bhopal
Dr. Ganguli finished his masters and PhD from IIT Bombay, carrying out a significant part of the research work at IACS, Kolkata. He moved to University of Twente, the Netherlands in 2011 and subsequently to Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, Germany in 2015 for postdoctoral research. He is working as an Assistant Professor at IISER Bhopal since 2016. He has offered the following courses at IISER Bhopal: Electromagnetism, Electrodynamics and Special Theory of Relativity, Numerical Methods and Computing, Condensed Matter Physics, Electronic Structure of Materials, Advanced Quantum Mechanics.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 April 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IISER Bhopal.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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