PHYS 302 Intermediate Electrodynamics
Spring 2007


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:

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

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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