General Information

Return to the course home page.

What:

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.

Purpose:

Two major goals:

- To understand the concepts and methods of electromagnetism in detail, building on P212.
- To learn how E&M fits into the larger physics framework, expecially special relativity, field theory, and quantum mechanics.

When and where:

Lecture: |
MWF | 9:00 - 9:50 am | 124 Burrill Hall (not Loomis) | |||

Discussion: |
Monday | 4, 5, 6, 7, or 8 PM (50 minutes) | 136 Loomis |

Books:

**Required:**

*Introduction to Electrodynamics*(3^{rd}or 4^{th}ed.), Griffiths.

Unfortunately, the publisher will no longer sell the 3^{rd}edition.

*The Feynman Lectures on Physics*(volume II), Feynman, Leighton, Sands (1970, 2005).

A lower level book, but with some sophisticated concepts and examples.

*Classical Electrodynamics*(3^{rd}Ed.), Jackson

The standard graduate level text.*Classical Electricity and Magnetism*, Panofsky and Phillips

Somewhat advanced, but more accessible than Jackson.*Electricity and Magnetism*, Nayfeh

Has been the text in the past, I think.*Electricity and Magnetism*, Purcell

The Berkeley "honors" text. Has good insights.- Books that I know less about (I list the authors only)

Pollack, Reitz, Marion, Lorrain, Schwartz.

Format and grades:

**Lecture:**(no grade)

Lectures serve primarily to guide your studies. I'll do some examples and discuss concepts. I'd like it to be interactive - we'll see how it goes.**Discussion:**(10% of your grade)

You'll work in small groups (as in 21x ) on problems that illustrate conceptual issues and calculational techniques. You might be able to get an "A" without ever attending discussion, but you'd be living dangerously.**Homework:**(35%)

Homework is important! One learns by doing.

Weekly homework assignments willl be due (in the homework box) on Monday at 4 PM.

Late homework will not be accepted without an official (*e.g.*, McKinley) excuse.**Midtem exams:**(30%)

Two in-class exams (15% each). Exams are open notes: printed lecture notes, discussion and HW solutions, and anything in your handwriting. No photocopies of books,*etc*. No electronic devices.**Final exam:**(25%)

Exams are open notes: printed lecture notes, discussion and HW solutions, and anything in your handwriting. No photocopies of books,*etc*. No electronic devices.

Lectures: |
Jon Thaler |
||||

Phone | 217-333-8174 | ||||

jjt@illinois.edu | |||||

Web | My home page | ||||

Homework: | Tianhe Li (even sets) | Chang-Tse Hsieh (odd sets) |
|||

tli75@illinois.edu | chsieh9@illinois.edu | ||||

Discussion: | Sean Vig | Tianci Zhou |
|||

seanvig2@illinois.edu | tzhou13@illinois.edu | ||||

Office hours: |
||||||

Monday | 10-11 AM | 427 Loomis | Jon | |||

11-12 AM | 437 Loomis | Tianhe | ||||

2-3 PM | 437 Loomis | Sean | ||||

3-4 PM | 427 Loomis | Jon | ||||

Friday | 3:30-4:30 PM | 322 Loomis | Chang-Tse | |||

4:30-5:30 PM | 322 Loomis | Tianci | ||||