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ALL SOLUTIONS WILL BE REMOVED ON DEC 21
Text book- Griffiths (G), Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th edition. The general goal is to provide you with the mathematical tools and physics experience that will enable you to use E & M to uncover the mysteries of Nature, to solve practical problems, to do well on exams, and eventually to use during your ultimate gainful employment.
The approximate syllabus: Electrostatics, boundary values problems, electric fields in matter and magnetostatics. This roughly the material covered in Chapters 2-5 of Griffiths. Knowledge of the mathematics discussed in Chapt.~1 is a prerequisite, but occasional brief reviews of the necessary background mathematics, will be provided. Chapt.~1 be covered in Tutorial.
Goals of course: The student should gain understanding of electrostatics, be able to obtain for electric fields for various configurations of charges and boundary conditions. The student should gain an understanding of electric fields in dielectric media. Heavy emphasis will be placed on problem solving, and mathematical methods learned in previous math and physics courses will be employed. Successful completion of the course should result in a student gaining a professional ability to solve a wide variety of technical problems involving partial differential equations. We shall also discuss some modern physics topics within the context of E & M.
Readings are from Griffiths
Approximate Sept. 27 -Chapter 1, Electric field, Coulomb Law 2.1
Approximate Oct. 2, 4. Gauss Law 2.2 Electrostatic potential 2.3
Approximate Oct 9,11 Static work, Conductors 2.4,2.5
Approximate Oct 16, 18 Laplace equation 3.1 , Method of images 3.2
Approximate Oct. 23 Exam
Oct 25 Separation of variables I 3.3
Oct. 30, Nov. 1 Separation of variables II 3.3 Multipole expansions I 3.4
Nov. 6,8 Polarization 4.1, Fields of a polarized object 4.2
Nov. 13 Displacement 4.3
Nov. 15 Exam
Nov. 20 Linear Dielectrics 4.4
Nov. 27, 29 Lorentz force law 5.1
Dec 4,6 Biot-Savart 5.2
Dec 11 Final Exam
Homework (HW) will be assigned every week or so, generally due in class on Thursday. This is to be worked out completely. A portion of the HW will be graded. Late HW will not be accepted. Doing the assigned problems is probably the most important ingredient in learning the material, and your scores on these represent 20 % of the grade. You may, and should discuss the HW problems with fellow students, but the solutions must be your own. It is necessary to hand in the homework on time in class on the due date. This is because solutions will be posted soon after class. The use of Mathematica, or other electronic tools, to solve homework problems is generally encouraged, and some HW sets may require the use of such tools. If you use Mathematica or Matlab, your notebook must be provided along with the HW. Each individual homework problem is worth 10 points. You may and should discuss the homework with your fellow students, but the solutions you turn in must be your own. There will be two midterms, each representing 20 % of the grade. The final exam represents 20 % of the grade. Tutorial work is 20% of the grade. Exams are closed book and closed notes, but open minds. A page of notes may be provided as part of the exam to reduce memorization. No Mathematica etc. on exams.
This year's midterm solved questions 1-3
This year's midterm solved question 4
Holidays Nov 12, Nov 22,23. Midterm Exams Tuesday Oct. 23,8:30 Thurs Nov. 15, 8:30
Midterm Tuesday Oct. 23, 3 Lecture questions based on first 3 HW sets (mainly first two). Closed book, notes. No electronics. You will need to know basic expressions for E, V, Gauss Law, simple integrals
Final exam: Tuesday Dec. 11, 10:30:12:20,