#
PHYS 302 Intermediate Electrodynamics

Spring 2007

# Syllabus

**Objectives:** To learn the fundamentals of classical
electromagnetism: electrostatics, magnetostatics, electrodynamics,
electromagnetic waves, radiation, and special relativity, and to gain
experience with related mathematical topics, especially vector
calculus, differential equations and special functions.

**Course Credit:** 4 semester hours

**Meeting Times:** Tuesday, Thursday; 9:25-10:40am

**Classroom:** Herzstein 119

**Format:** A lecture course with weekly problem sets, a midterm exam and
a final exam.

**Course web page:** http://landau.rice.edu/~aac/phys302

**Textbook:** *Introduction to Electrodynamics*, third
edition, David J. Griffiths, Prentice Hall, 1999.

### Course Instructor

Anthony Chan
Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy
Office: Herman Brown 364
Phone: 713-348-2531
Email: aac@rice.edu
**Office Hours:** Monday 1:30pm-2:30pm, Wednesday 2:30pm-3:30pm, or at
other times by (email) appointment.
### Homework and Grades

I plan to assign a homework set each week, usually due at the beginning
of class one week later. Homework sets will be distributed in class but they
will also be available from the course web page. Using the rule of thumb of
2-3 hours of work outside lectures per credit hour (per week), plan for 8-12
hours per week for this course.

**Homework Policy:** You are encouraged to discuss the homework
problems with your PHYS 302 classmates and with the instructor and the
graders, but you must write up your solutions *independently*. Of
course, you must not copy from anyone else's solutions.

**Late Policy:** The grade for late homework will be multiplied by a
decaying exponential with a time constant of five days. Late homework must be
delivered to the grader for that problem set and the student must write
"Late" and the date and time on the front page.

Grading Weights: | Homework: | 30% |

| Midterm Exam: | 30% |

| Final Exam: | 40% |

### Course Content

I plan to cover each of the twelve chapters in the textbook, at a
rate of *roughly* one chapter per week, as follows:

1. | Vector Analysis |

2. | Electrostatics |

3. | Special Techniques |

4. | Electric Fields in Matter |

5. | Magnetostatics |

6. | Magnetic Fields in Matter |

7. | Electrodynamics |

8. | Conservation Laws |

9. | Electromagnetic Waves |

10. | Potentials and Fields |

11. | Radiation |

12. | Electrodynamics and Relativity |

* Any student with a disability requiring accomodations in this class is
encouraged to contact the instructor after class. Additionally, students
should contact the Disabled Student Services office in the Ley Student
Center. *

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