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EI2405 Classical Electrodynamics 7.5 credits

In addition to the introductory courses, this course provides consolidated and enlarged knowledge about electromagnetic field theory, regarding physical understanding and mathematical skill in solving field problems.

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 TEFRM, TELPM programme students

Target group

Compulsory for the Master's Programme, Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering, (TEFRM).
Open for other master programs as long as it can be included in your programme.

Part of programme

Master's Programme, Electric Power Engineering, åk 2, Conditionally Elective

Master's Programme, Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering, åk 1, Mandatory

Master's Programme, Energy Innovation, åk 2, SENS, Conditionally Elective


P2 (7.5 hp)


28 Oct 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 TEFRM, TELPM programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 TEFRM, TELPM programme students


Mariana Dalarsson


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus EI2405 (Autumn 2021–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Green's theorems
  • Green functions to Poisson's equation
  • expansions of Green functions in orthogonal bases
  • electrostatic and magnetostatic boundary value problems
  • multipole expansions of electrostatic and magnetostatic fields
  • magnetic diffusion
  • Maxwell's equations
  • Green functions to the wave equation
  • calculation of retarded fields from continuous sources and point charges
  • application of the conservation laws for energy, linear momentum and angular momentum
  • analysis of propagation, reflection and transmission of plane waves
  • decomposition of fields into plane waves
  • the covariant formulation of Maxwell's equations
  • application of the Lorentz transformation on 4-vectors and the field tensor.

Intended learning outcomes

Having passed the course, the student shall be able to:

  • solve parts of problems from the major part of the course content

in order to be able to use the electromagnetic laws combined with mathematical methods to solve electromagnetic field problems.

To obtain higher grades, the student shall be able to

  • with progression in both completeness and scope, solve problems from the whole course content.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

  • Completed course at first cycle level in electromagnetic theory equivalent to one of EI1220 and EI1320, for the programmes in electrical engineering (CELTE) and engineering physics (CTFYS).
  • Completed courses in mathematical methods in physics, containing vector calculus, separation of variables and orthogonal functions.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • TEN1 - Examination, 7.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

This course is a prerequisite for several courses within the Master's Programme, Electromagnetics, Fusion and Space Engineering


Mariana Dalarsson

Supplementary information

In this course, the EECS code of honor applies, see: