Physics 435
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This course presents a systematic development of electrodynamics, including Maxwell's equations, electrostatics and magnetostatics, boundary value problems, fields in matter, and electromagnetic waves (moved from P436).
The second semester (P436) covers electromagnetic waves, potentials and gauge invariance, and relativistic electrodynamics.

Prerequisite: MATH 285; credit or concurrent enrollment in PHYS 325.
Note: Math 241 (vector calculus) is much more important in E&M than in mechanics.

Here is the big picture overview of the course topics, and what I hope that you'll learn. For more week-by-week detail, see the course syllabus.


Two major goals:

Don't be frightened by the phrase “field theory”. You are learning it now! Field theory includes phenomena that are more easily described by continuous distributions (“fields”) than by discrete particles. These include fluid mechanics (P326) and electromagnetism (P435-6). I hope to make the concepts sufficiently clear that the when you get to quantum mechanics, you'll be able to focus on the quantum aspects.

When and where:

Lecture:   MWF   10:00 - 10:50 AM    144 Loomis
Discussion:   Monday   5, 6, 7, or 8 PM (50 minutes)    158 Loomis



Supplementary reading: Other books: (on reserve in the Grainger library)

Format and grades:


Lectures:    Tom Kuhlman
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Homework: Davide Iaia (even sets)   Chang-Tse Hsieh (odd sets)
Discussion: K. Michael Martini  
Office hours:
  Monday 11AM - 12PM  315 Loomis   Tom
   12 - 1 PM  204 Loomis   Davide
   1 - 2 PM  3115 ESB   Michael
   2 - 3 PM  4139 ESB   Chang-Tse
  Friday 11AM - 12PM  315 Loomis   Tom

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