Classical Electromagnetic Theory I

Professor Thomas Curtright
PHY752, Section G
24 August - 8 December 2015
MWF 2:30-3:20 room 203
Grade = HW + Midterm  + Final

Electrostatics, continuous media, magnetostatics, Maxwell's equations, quasi-static phenomena, resonant cavities, wave guides.  More or less ...

Home Work is due as assigned in class.
Midterm Exam, either in-class, 2:30-3:20 pm, Wednesday, 7 October, or take-home (to be decided).
Final Exam,
either in-class, 2:00-4:30 pm, Friday, 11 December, or take-home (to be decided).
Class Project(s):  Charge segments and equipotentials.

Required text:  John David Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, Third Edition (Wiley, 1999) [Jackson errata]. 

Of course, you may also buy 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 material taken mostly from the first half of Jackson.  We will go through a systematic discussion of relativistic effects, and formalism, in Electromagnetic Theory II.

Graded homework problems:
These will be due about one week after being assigned in lecture.

Reading assignments:  Ideally, you should try to do all the exercises in the assigned Jackson chapters!  But I will only collect for grading those homework problems listed above.

Assignment #1:  Read Jackson, Introduction and Chapter 1.
Assignment #2:  Read Jackson, Chapters 2 & 3.
Assignment #3:  Read J. D. Jackson, American Journal of Physics 68 (2000) 789-799, and 70 (2002) 409-410.  Also see paper XCII, pp 672-680 in The Scientific Papers of James Clerk Maxwell, Vol. II, W. D. Niven, editor, Cambridge University Press (1890).
Assignment #4:  Read Jackson Chapter 4.  Also see Journal of Mathematical Physics 28 (1987) 978-980.
Assignment #5:  Read Jackson Chapter 5, and American Journal of Physics 19 (1951) 87-90; 22 (1954) 586-596; 78 (2010) 1117-1119.
Assignment #6:  The surface charge on current carrying wires is discussed in American Journal of Physics 9 (1941) 225-226 and 49 (1981) 450-451.
Assignment #7:  Read Jackson Chapter 6.
Assignment #8:  For fun and profit:  Get the old E&M qualifier exams and solve them!

Other reading material:
    Some other textbooks.
    Some notes on various topics.
    A bit of history is here: Green, 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