Department of Physics
University of Florida
PHY 3323 Electromagnstism 1
(Spring 2011: Section 3799, 3 credits)
Instructor: Mark W. Meisel
Office: NPB 2358, Tel: 392-8867
BEST Place to Find Me: NPB B133, Tel: 392-9147
Office Hours: posted online, and by appointment.

Syllabus (pdf)

in vivo Schedule

“Gradebook” at UF ELS
UF Dept. of Physics H-ITT Site:

TA/GA: Qiaoli Yang
Office: NPB 2038
Office Hour: 4 - 5 pm, Wednesdays

Formula Sheet (pdf)

"Observed and simulated magnetic pattern in a thin metal film, generated by a strong ultrafast electromagnetic field pulse parallel to the film surface."  Cover art from
Physical Review Letters Vol. 102, Issue 21
(29 May 2009) from article by S. J. Gamble* et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 102 (2009) 217201.
 * Sara completed her UF Honors thesis in the Meisel Group and went to Stanford University where she received her PhD in Applied Physics.

Textbook and Links:  The “official” textbook for this course is “Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd edition” by David J. Griffiths, see the “official” UF bookstore link here.  As you will see, the UF bookstore offers a price of about $160 for a new hardcover copy.  In December 2010, I was able to find, via web-based vendors, the same hardcover book for about $130 and a paperback version for about $60.  In addition, I was able to find the 2nd edition of the same book for about $14.  At this time, as far as I can tell, there are only small changes between the two versions for the first six chapters, which we expect to cover in this course.  If you anticipate taking the second semester of this course, which I am not scheduled to teach in the near future and which covers the material after Chapter 6, you may wish to know that there are some more significant differences between the two versions.  Some notes about corrections are given on the author’s webpage, see David J. Griffiths.
Additional News! (06 April 2011)

Make-up Participants must email Meisel by 8 am Friday, 08 April, as announced in class.

All outstanding disputes about grading of quizzes and tests, except Ch. 6 Test, must be adjudicated by 2 pm on Wednesday, 20 April.

Ch. 6 Tests will be ready for review and/or pick-up on Monday, 25 April.

Office Hours during the week of 25 April will follow the "regular" schedule,
    Except Wednesday, 27 April, OH will be 10 - 11 am, and NOT 1 - 2 pm.