Syllabus for PHY350
Fall 2009

Prof. Thomas Curtright
Websitehttp://curtright.com
Office: 325 JLK
Phone: 284-2324x4
Class Hours: MWF 1:25-2:15pm, Room: 203 JLK
Supplementary and make-up sessions, as announced in class:  T 3:30-4:20pm, Room: Physics library conference room, 3rd floor JLK.
Office Hours: MWF 2:30-3:30pm, or by appointment

Required textbook:  Introduction to Electrodynamics by D J Griffiths, Prentice Hall, 3rd edition

Rough goals and schedule of material:  To present and discuss all of Maxwell's equations in vacuum, and in the presence of conductors, especially for time independent situations, as follows.

August  -- September

Chapters 1 & 2:  Vector Analysis and Electrostatics

September -- October

Chapters 2 & 3:  Electrostatics and Special Techniques

October -- November

Chapters 3 & 5:  Special Techniques and Magnetostatics

November -- December

Chapters 5 & 7:  Magnetostatics and Electrodynamics
                           (excluding Sections 7.35 and 7.36)


These five chapters, and related material in Appendices A and B, make up half of the text.  If there is any time left at the end of the course, we will try to cover some additional material in Chapter 4.  But that is unlikely.  So, Chapters 4 and 6, and the last two sections of Chapter 7, will have to be taken up in PHY351, along with Chapters 8 - 12.  In any case, after a long holiday break, you will probably find it helpful to have another look at electrostatics and magnetostatics, as in Chapters 4 and 6, both to refresh and to extend your knowledge of boundary value problems in various circumstances.

Recommended books:

div grad curl and all that by H M Schey, Norton, 4th edition

Vector analysis by Murray R. Spiegel, Schaum's Outline Series, McGraw-Hill, 2nd edition

Grade policy:

Your grade will be based on the Homework, Midterm, and Final, with equal weight.  Attendance may also affect your final grade.