PHYS 532: Classical Electrodynamics


Course Instructor

Anthony Chan (Professor)
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Herman Brown Hall 364
Phone: 713-348-2531
Email: aac AT

Office Hours: I am available at most times during the week, but I recommend phoning or emailing first to confirm that I will be in the office.

Course Information

Course Prerequisite: PHYS 302 Intermediate Electrodynamics, or equivalent (for example, a course that covers most of the textbook "Introduction to Electrodynamics" by David J. Griffiths, third edition).

Credit: 3 semester hours

Meeting Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday; 11:00am-11:50am

Classroom: BRK 103 (Brockman Hall 103)

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

Homework and Grades

Grading Weights: Homework 50%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 30%

Homework will be assigned approximately once a week, and will usually be due at the beginning of class one week after assignment. Homework assignments will be distributed in class and they will also be available from the PHYS 532 web page.

Homework Policy: Students are encouraged to discuss the problems with their classmates and with the instructor, but they must write up their homework solutions independently. Of course, you must not copy anyone else's solutions.

Late Homework: The grade for late homework will be multiplied by a decaying exponential with a time constant of five days. Late homework must be given to the grader (not to the professor) with the date and time written on the front page.


Required: L. D. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz, The Classical Theory of Fields, Course of Theoretical Physics, volume 2, fourth edition, Pergamon Press, 1990.

Recommended: J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, third edition, J. Wiley and Sons, 1999.

Course Content

  1. Foundations of Special Relativity

  2. Relativistic Mechanics

  3. Charges in Electromagnetic Fields

  4. Electromagnetic Field Equations

  5. Constant Electromagnetic Fields

  6. Electromagnetic Waves

  7. Fields of Moving Charges

  8. Radiation of Electromagnetic Waves
More detailed course content

Students with Disabilities

Any student with a disability requiring accomodations in this course is encouraged to contact the instructor after class or during office hours. Additionally, students will also need to contact Disability Support Services in the Allen Center.

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