Electromagnetism 2 - Fall 2021
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 equations, the 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.
Announcements:HW 7 is here. Due on Canvas, Wednesday, December 1 at 10:00 pm.
Textbook and other reading: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 it can be downloaded as a pdf. Cheap used copies are available. In addition, 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). The Landau and Lifshitz texts are at the graduate level, but are readable. You need both to cover all of E&M.See the Syllabus and Canvas for full details.
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