Classical Electromagnetic Theory II

Professor Thomas Curtright
PHY651, Section HI
27 August - 5 December 2008
MWF 3:35-4:50 room 203
Grade = HW + Midterm  + Final

Interaction of radiation with matter, multipole radiation, radiation reaction, relativistic effects.  More or less ...

Home Work is due as assigned in class.
Midterm Exam, Thursday, 16 October, take-home, available here and due Monday, 27 October.  (See here for some conventions used in class.)
Final Exam,
take-home, due Tuesday, 16 December.

Required text:  W. Panofsky and M. Phillips, Classical Electricity and Magnetism, 2nd edition (Dover, 2005).

This is not the usual book used for graduate E&M.  The more common choice is Jackson (see other textbooks).  Of course, you may also buy Jackson or other texts, if you have the means, and you are encouraged to read other books if you have the time.  In my opinion, Jackson is a great reference.  It is a classic treatise on the subject.  But I think it is not the best textbook for students.  In any case, we hope to cover the material in Panofsky and Phillips Chapters 13-24.  After a long summer break, I think it best to begin with some repetition of material from PHY650, especially parts of Chapters 13 & 14. 

Homework and graded problems:
These will be due about one or two weeks after being assigned in lecture.

Other reading material:
    Some other textbooks.
    Some of my notes.  (Also see my notes from PHY650.)
    A bit of history is here:  Maxwell and Riemann

The content of the course is given, in summary, by the Lorentz force law
and Maxwell's equations:


An exact expression for the Coulomb constant is: MATH