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Physics 435 Advanced Electromagnetism I

Welcome to Physics 435 -- Class starts on Wednesday, January 17, 2024. The class is taught by Prof. Hooberman.

Physics 435 is the first semester of a year-long course in Classical Electromagnetism. Electromagnetism is more than just a way of computing electric and magnetic fields: it is the first field theory, the first gauge theory, and a deep dive into the way physical theories of nature are structured. The text is Introduction to Electrodynamics by David Griffiths. I will usually refer to material from the 3rd edition, though as far as I can tell the 4th edition is identical.

Midterm 3 information

Midterm 3 will be in class on Friday April 19. It will cover Griffith's Chapters 5 and 6, including all material up to and including Lecture 28. The style, difficulty, and length will be similar to midterm 2. Please also find here the equation sheet that includes all relevant equations for midterm 3.

If you have DRES accommodations, please immediately contact the DRES office to schedule your exam.

A practice exam and solutions are available.

Final exam information

The final exam will be held Fri May 10 1:30-4:30 PM in 2035 Campus Instructional Facility. The exam will cover all material discussed in the course, including the material from the 3 midterms as well as the several lectures beyond midterm 3. The style and difficulty will be similar to the midterms but the exam will be approximately 3 times longer.

DRES students should immediately request accommodations directly with the DRES office.

If you have an irreconcilable conflict at the above time, please email Prof. Hooberman immediately to schedule a make-up time.

Contact Information

Please use the email addresses listed below if you have any questions about any of the course components.

Office hours will begin Wed Jan 24 1:30-6:30 PM in Sidney Lu Mech Eng Room 1043 (the building across the street, with the Starbucks).

Name Role Office Hour Office Hour Location Email
Ben Hooberman Professor 1:30-2:30 PM Sidney Lu Mech Eng Room 1043
Mina Savic Grader 2:30-3:30 PM Sidney Lu Mech Eng Room 1043
Shreya Arya Grader 3:30-4:30 PM Sidney Lu Mech Eng Room 1043
Jia Wang Grader 4:30-5:30 PM Sidney Lu Mech Eng Room 1043
Marc Klinger  Discussion TA  5:30-6:30 PM Sidney Lu Mech Eng Room 1043


Equation sheet

The focus of this course will be on physics rather than mathematics or rote memorisation of formulae. To guide you, relevant equations are collected on this equation sheet, which will be made available to you during exams.

Please also find here the equation sheet that includes all relevant equations for midterm 3, which will be available to you during the 3nd in-class midterm on Fri Apr 19.

Academic Integrity

All activities in this course, including documentation submitted for petition for an excused absence, are subject to the Academic Integrity rules as described in Article 1, Part 4, Academic Integrity, of the Student Code.