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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 1-4 of Griffiths. Knowledge of the mathematics discussed in Chapt.~1 is a prerequisite, but we'll begin with a review of the necessary background mathematics, Chapt.~1 will also 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 Schedule

Sept. 26 -Chapter 1, Math review Chapter 1

Oct. 1, 3. Electric field, Coulomb's law Gauss Law 2.1,2.2

Oct 8,10 Electrostatic potential 2.3, Static work, Conductors 2.4,2.5

Oct 15, 17 Laplace equation 3.1

Oct 22 Method of images 3.2

Oct. 24 Exam

Oct 25 Separation of variables I 3.3

Oct. 29, 31 Separation of variables II 3.3 Multipole expansion I 3.4

Nov. 5,7 Multipole expansion II 3.4

Nov. 12, 14 Polarization 4.1, Fields of a polarized object 4.2

Nov. 19 Electric Displacement Vector D 4.3

Nov. 21 Exam

Nov. 26 Linear Dielectrics I 4.4

Dec 2, 4 Linear Dielectrics II 4.4

Dec 10 10:30 Final Exam

Homework (HW) Typically due Thursday at 10am in the boxes outside the north entrance of PAB (same as tutorial boxes). Please label your homework with name, section, and HW#. Most assignments will have two questions graded for 4 points each, and 2 points awarded for an adequate attempt at the non-graded questions. Lecture HW will be returned in tutorial. Lecture HW will not be accepted once solutions are posted (except under extenuating circumstances). Doing the assigned problems is probably the most important ingredient in learning the lecture 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. 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, the relevant notebook (.nb) must be provided along with the HW.

Exams Midterms 1&2 will be worth 80 points total, and the Final will be worth 110 points. If you need more room that the front allows for a question, please use the back of the corresponding sheet, as each page will be separated in the grading process. Exams will be closed book, with the exception of one handwritten sheet of notes front and back no larger than 8.5"x11".

2019 midterm 1 solved questions 1-3

2019 midterm 1 solved question 4

2019 midterm 2 solved questions 1-3

2019 midterm 2 solved question 4

2019 Final Exam solved questions 1-4

2019 Final Exam solved question 5

2018 midterm solved questions 1-3

2018 midterm solved question 4

Holidays Nov 11, Nov 28,29. Midterm Exams Thursday Oct. 24,8:30 Thurs Nov. 21, 8:30

Final exam: Tuesday Dec. 10, 10:30:12:20,

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