PHY 4324

Electromagnetism 2 - Fall 2019

This course is the second semester of electricity and magnetism at the undergraduate physics level. Time enters the theory of electromagnetic fields and we arrive at Maxwell's equationsthe complete classical theory of electromagnetism. The arrival happens pretty early in the term, and the bulk of our work will be to study electromagnetic waves and radiation.


Thanks for making this an enjoyable semester!




Time and place: MWF 5th (11:45-12:35) NPB 1002
Final exam: 12:30--2:30, Tuesday, December 10, in NPB 1002.

Class number: 22073  
Text: Introduction to Electrodynamics, (Fourth Edition) by David J. Griffiths 

Another  useful text is Classical Electromagnetic Radiation, Jerry B. Marion (1965).  There is a revised 3rd edition  by  Mark A. Heald and Jerry B. Marion.  This book is at the same level (more or less) as Griffiths. I'll use it occasionally for lecture material. It appears that can be downloaded as a pdf. Cheap used copies are available. And, reading Feynman’s lectures is always valuable.

For a book about electromagnetic waves and optics, you cannot do better than the book Optics by Miles Klein, updated as a second edition by Klein and Thomas Furtak.

If you want to look at graduate-level texts, try Classical Electrodynamics, John D. Jackson (3rd edition 1999). This is the standard graduate text. Also The Classical Theory of Fields, Lev Landau and Evgeny Lifshitz (1951 and later; the 4th edition is revised substantially) and Electrodynamics of Continuous Media, Lev Landau, Evgeny Lifshitz, and L.P. Pitaevskii (1960 and later). At the graduate level but readable. You need both to cover all of E&M. The Landau and Lifshitz series all seem to be available as online pdfs.

Instructor: David Tanner
Phone: 392-4718

Office: 2372 NPB
Office hours: Tuesdays 10:00-11:00 am and Fridays, 2:30-3:30 pm
Grader: Neha Rawal

Methods by which students will be evaluated and their grade determined:
Grades will be based on two midterm exams, the final exam, and homework.
There will be approximately 8 homework assignments. 

The lowest score on the three exams will be dropped; the remaining two will each count for 35% of your score, with homework (with lowest score dropped) making up the remaining 30%.  If you miss an exam, I will make that the one dropped.

Other course notes:
All students are required to abide by the Student Conduct & Honor Code of the University of Florida. See the sylabus for attendance accomodatons, course evaluation, student counseling.

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