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Electromagnetism | Senior Physics | meriSTEM


About This Course

meriSTEM Electromagnetism will journey you through electric fields, Coulomb's Law and potential, magnetic fields, magnetism, induction and electromagnetic waves. Introduced by meriSTEM expert contributors and brought to life by your teacher.

Course sub-topics

  • Introduction
  • Electric Fields
  • Coulomb's Law
  • Balancing forces worked examples
  • Coulomb potential
  • Magnetism
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Magnetic fields with multiple currents and loops
  • Magnetic Forces
  • Induction
  • Generators and motors
  • Further applications of induction
  • Electromagnetic waves

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Course Staff

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Joe Hope

Joe Hope is an ARC Future Fellow who leads a theory group focussing on many aspects of quantum theory. He investigates atom lasers, BEC, quantum memories, atom-light entanglement and quantum field theoretical techniques. He is also interested in feedback-based control of atom lasers and other high-dimensional quantum systems.

Joe teaches the undergraduate theoretical physics course Phys3001 and the honours course in quantum mechanics. He uses blended learning approaches in these courses, where lectures are replaced by online materials and face-to-face time comes in the form of workshops. He is also using this approach as the basis for the MeriSTEM project, which aims to provide similar materials for secondary education. He has received an OLT Award for Teaching Excellence and the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Education.

Joe's group hosts the development for the popular XMDS software integration package (, which has been downloaded in 71 countries. He is the secretary for the Australian Institute of Physics, and on the committees of the Education and Women in Physics topical subgroups of the AIP. He works with local high school physics teachers to support secondary teaching, and often co-ordinates or performs outreach activities.

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Ella Wang

Ella has completed Honours in Physics and a Bachelor of Philosophy, a research intensive undergraduate degree, with a science focus. She has previously worked as a private tutor and she has also volunteered to run workshops for high school students. Her research interests include astrophysics and computer science. She is passionate about improving high school education in STEM fields.

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