PHYS 3122, Fall 2017

Welcome to the Fall 2017 course webpage for PHYS 3122 (Electro and Magnetostatics) ! This is an advanced undergraduate course introducing a rigourous field-theoretic formulation of classical electromagnetic phenomena in vaccum and matter. Bookmark this page and come often to check for updates. Homework assignments and solutions, lecture notes, and detailed reading assignments for the course will be posted here regularly. We will be using the following textbook: D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to electrodynamics, Fourth edition.

Syllabus: Click Here
General Schedule: Click Here
Announcements:
♦ (09/21) Homework 4 assignment is posted (and slightly updated).
♦ (09/08) Exams from previous years (and their solutions) can be found below.
♦ (09/06) Syllabus updated to reflect additional TA office hours on Friday 3pm to 5pm. Homework 3 assignment is posted here. Solution of Homework 2 and grades of Homework 1 are forthcoming.
♦ (08/30) Solution of Homework 1 is posted here. Homework 2 assignment is posted here.
♦ (08/23) Homework 1 assignment is posted, see below and here.
♦ (08/21) Lecture notes for today's introductory lecture are posted, see below and here.
♦ (08/20) Welcome to the class website! Reading assignments for the first week of class are posted. It will make a huge difference if you spend the time and effort to carefully read the text before the corresponding lecture. Griffiths is one of the best undergraduate textbook around and I guarantee it is worth your time!

Quizzes from previous years:
2016: [Quiz 1] [Solution 1], [Quiz 2] [Solution 2], [Quiz 3] [Solution 3]
2015: [Quiz 1] [Solution 1], [Quiz 2] [Solution 2], [Quiz 3] [Solution 3]
2014: [Quiz 1] [Solution 1], [Quiz 2] [Solution 2], [Quiz 3] [Solution 3]

Course Schedule (Updated 09/22):

W Day Date Topic Reading Notes HW
1 M 08/21 Syllabus and eclipse day. Introduction: The big picture and how electrodynamics fits in. Syllabus L00 -
1 W 08/23 Coloumb's law and the electric field E. Curly r and continuous charge distributions. 2.1, 1.1, (1.2), 1.4. L01 HW1 SOL1
1 F 08/25 Coloumb's law (continued). Examples of continuous charge distributions. 2.2.1, 1.2, 1.3 L02 -
2 M 08/28 Gauss's law in integral and differential forms. Divergence and curl of E. 2.2, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5 L03 -
2 W 08/30 Divergence and curl of E (continued). 2.2, 1.2, 1.3, 1.5 L04 HW2 SOL2
2 F 09/01 Electric Potential 2.3.1, 2.3.2, 1.6 L05 -
3 M 09/04 Labor Day - - -
3 W 09/06 Electric Potential and Energy 2.3, 2.4 L06 HW3 SOL3
3 F 09/08 Conductors 2.5 L07 -
4 M 09/11 Class Cancelled due to Storm - - -
4 W 09/13 Potential: Laplace and Methods of Images 3.1,3.2 L08 -
4 F 09/15 Methods of Images 3.2 L09 -
5 M 09/18 Review of Problems Problems from book L10 -
5 W 09/20 Quiz #1 Everything until 09/15 Quiz 1 HW4
5 F 09/22 Potential: Separation of Variables (Cart.) 3.3.1 - -
6 M 09/25 Potential: Separation of Variables (Spherical) 3.3.2 - -
6 W 09/27 Multipole Expansions I 3.4.1-2 - -
6 F 09/29 Multipole Expansions II 3.4.3-4 - -

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