Course data
Course name: Practical Course in Electrodynamics 2
Neptun ID: BMETE15AF35
Responsible teacher: Gábor Takács
Department: Department of Theoretical Physics
Programme: BSc Physics
Course data sheet: BMETE15AF35
Requirements, Informations


This course does not run anymore, and has been superseded by the new course Electrodynamics 2 (BMETE15AF48) which contains both the lecture and practice courses as a single unit. For up-to-date information cf. the page Electrodynamics 2 (BMETE15AF48). You can find the information for the old course below.


This course is the practice accompanying the lecture course Electrodynamics 2. There are 10 sessions involving problem solving, and 3 sessions in which mini-projects are reported. Mini-projects consists of sources on a given topic assigned for homework, which are reported in a short seminar type presentation.


Time and place: Wednesdays 2:15-4:00pm. Room: to be announced later.



  • Week 1: problem solving session (potential theory I)

Problems solved in class 1 and homework

  • Week 2: problem solving session (potential theory II)

Problems solved in class 2 and homework

  • Week 3: problem solving session (potential theory III)

Problems solved in class 3 and homework

  • Week 4: problem solving session (magnetic scalar potential, dielectrics)

Problems solved in class 4 and homework

  • Week 5: mini-project presentations
    • Magnetic levitation, Earnshaw theorem. Levitron. Diamagnetic levitation
    • Magnet falling in conducting pipe, eddy current brake
    • Magnetic monopoles
    • Phenomenology of superconductivity, London depth, Meissner effect
  • Week 6: problem solving session (wave guides)

Problems solved in class 6 and homework


Week 7: spring break

25th March: 1st written test (material of weeks 1-7). Test can be retaken on 8th April.

  • Week 8: problem solving session (resonant cavities)

Problems solved in class 7 and homework

  • Week 9: problem solving session (waves in matter, dispersion, Kramers-Kronig relation)

Problems solved in class 8 and homework

  • Week 10mini-project presentations
    • ​Attenuation in wave guides
    • Schumann resonances: the Earth as a resonator
    • Wave propagation in optical fibers
    • Wave modes in optical fibers
  • Week 11: problem solving session (multipole radiation and scattering)

Problems solved in class 10 and homework

  • Week 12: problem solving session (relativistic electrodynamics I) 

Problems solved in class 11 and homework


Week 13: holiday (Labour Day)


  • Week 14: problem solving session (relativistic electrodynamics II) 

Problems solved in class 12 and homework

13th May: 2nd written test (material of weeks 8-14). Test can be retaken on 20th May.

  • Week 15: mini-project presentations
    • ​Metamaterials
    • Spherical waves and the Green's function of wave equation in spherical coordinates
    • Signal propagation in dispersive media
    • Signal arrival in dispersive media, precursors


Problem sheets and homeworks will be available from this page later.


Course requirements

After each problem solving session a problem sheet for homework is assigned. Starting from the second week, there is a short (15 minute) test at the beginning of each problems solving session, chosen from marked problems of the previous homework. It is possible to retake three of arbitrarily selected short tests at the time on the 20th May.


Minimum credit requirements:


  • absence at no more than 30% of classes (at most 4 occasions of 13);
  • a score of at least 40% at the short tests (summed), and each of written tests 1 and 2;
  • at least one mini-project presentation.



The total score is a weighted average of the following items:

Short tests 30%
1st and 2nd written test 45%
Project reports 25%

The mark is computed using the following scale:

Percent of total Mark
0-39 fail (1)
40-54 pass (2)
55-69 average (3)
70-84 good (4)
85-100 excellent (5)


Students who failed at the final evaluation have a last chance to gain a pass, provided they have 


  • achieved a score of at least 40% at the short tests;
  • achieved at least 40% at either written test 1 or 2; and
  • have presented at least one mini-project.


The last chance consists of another test on the topic of the written test 1 or 2, depending which one they failed and the result replaces that of the failed test. To gain a pass this must make their total score reach the minimum 40%.