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Physics 302: Intermediate Electrodynamics


Course Outline

Vector Analysis: vector algebra and calculus, curvilinear coordinates

Electrostatics: field, potential, work and energy, conductors

Special Techniques: Laplace’s equation, images, separation of variables, multipoles

Electric Fields in Matter: polarization, displacement, linear dielectrics

Magnetostatics: Lorentz and Biot-Savart laws, vector potential

Magnetic Fields in Matter: magnetization, H, linear and nonlinear media

Electrodynamics: EMF, Faraday’s law, Maxwell’s equations, potentials

Conservation Laws: electrodynamic energy and momentum

Electromagnetic Waves: wave equation, nonconducting and conducting media, dispersion

Potentials and Fields: potential formulation of electrodynamics

Radiation: dipole radiation, point charge, radiation reaction

Electrodynamics and Relativity: relativistic mechanics and electrodynamics



Lectures: Tu  Th 9:25-10:40

Homework (30%) Weekly problem sets

Term exam (30%)

Final exam (40%)

Text: David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics


All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.