Waves and Fields - PHYS3220

Looking for a different module?

Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Adrian Bradu checkmark-circle


This module examines key physical phenomena of waves and fields which extend over time and space. The first part presents a mathematical description of oscillations and develops this to a description of wave phenomena. The second part is an introduction to electromagnetism which includes electric and magnetic fields before providing an introduction to the topic of electrical circuits.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 30
Private Study Hours: 120
Total Study Hours: 150


This is not available as an elective module choice.

Method of assessment

Problem Set 1 (4 hours) - 10%
Problem Set 2 (4 hours) - 10%
Examination (2 hours) - 80%

Indicative reading

Tipler, P. and Mosca, G. (2008) Physics for Scientists and Engineers (6th Ed.); Palgrave Macmillan
Nahvi, M. and Edminister, J. (2003) Schaum's Outline of Theory and Problems of Electric Circuits; McGraw-Hill

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the laws of physics for waves and introductory electromagnetism.
2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical quantities, their units, and typical values, for waves and introductory electromagnetism.
3 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical phenomena, the terminology used to describe them, and typical circumstances in which they are found to occur, for waves and introductory electromagnetism.
4 Formulate and solve problems in waves and introductory electromagnetism.
5 Quantitatively describe and predict waves and introductory electromagnetism phenomena using mathematics.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
Back to top

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.