1. Solutions will be made available on request
  2. Updated lecture notes and typed formulas are available here and here
  3. This Year's Final and Solutions, 2014 Final
  4. Last year's final final and final13_sol.pdf
  5. The inclass excercise is inclass3 is optional this week. But good practice
  6. The 13th homework is hw13, but will not be collected.
  7. The 12th homework is hw12 and is due when we get back, Tuesday morning 12/2.
  8. The 11th homework is hw11 and is due Friday 11/21.
  9. The course page for Fall 2013 can provide a guide to this years structure:

Course Summary

Course Summary

Week 1: 8/26 Introduction and Electrostatics electrostatics.pdf, units.pdf, tensors.pdf,
Week 2: 9/3 Electrostatics and Multipoles: separation_green functions.pdf, Series expansions of Laplace equations
Week 3: 9/9 Green Functions: separation_green_functions.pdf
Week 4: 9/15 Dielectrics: dielectrics.pdf
Week 5: 9/16 Currents and Ohms Law. Magnetostics magnetostatics1.pdf magnetostatics2.pdf
Week 6: 9/29 Quasi statics, equations for potentials quasistatics.pdf
Week 7: 10/6 Waves. Propagation of waves in media and interfaces continued: waves.pdf
Week 8: 10/14 Retarded Green functions
Week 9: 10/21 Multipole radiation and radiation from slow charges : non-relativistic radiation
Week 10: 10/28 Relativity and Electrodynamics: relativity part i
Week 11: 11/3 Relativity and Electrodynamics continued relativity part ii
Week 12: 11/10 Radiation from relativistic charges relativistic radiation part i
Week 13: 11/17 Radiation from relativistic charges continued relativistic radiation part ii
Thanksgiving week Class Monday, then break
Week 14: 12/2 Scattering scattering

Lecture Notes and Tentative Schedule

Week 1: 8/25 The Maxwell equations and mathematical review: l1, l2, l3
Week 2: 9/1 Electrostatics l4, l5a, l5b, l5c
Week 3: 9/8 Green Functions l6and7, l8a, l8bc
Week 4: 9/15 Dielectrics l9, l10, l11a, l11b
Week 5: 9/22 Magnetostatics. Magnetic materials. l12, l13, l14a, l14b, l14c
Week 6: 9/29 Quasi-statics in vacuum and metals. Maxwell Equations for Potentials. l15, l16, l17a, l17bc
Week 7: 10/6 Conservation Laws. Propagation of waves in media and interfaces: l18,l19,l20
Week 8: 10/13 Dispersion. Wave packtes. Retarded Green Functions for oscillator and waves eqn. l21andl22, l23ab
Week 9: 10/20 Multipole radiation, and radiation from slow charges. l24, l25, l26
Week 10: 10/27 Finish multipoles, Relativity l27, l28abc
Week 11: 11/3 Relativity and Electrodynamics continued. l29andl30 , l31a, l31bc
Week 12: 11/10 Radiation from relativistic charges. l32l33, l34abc,
Week 13: 11/17 Radiation from relativistic charges. Bremsstrahlung. l35, l36andl37,
Thanksgiving week: 11/24 Scattering and Diffractioon l38andl39,
Week 14: 12/1 Scattering and Diffraction: l40andl41

Homework and Solutions

Week 1: hw1, hw1_sol
Week 2: hw2, hw2_sol
Week 3: hw3, hw3_sol
Week 4: hw4, hw4_sol
Week 5: hw5, hw5_sol
Week 6: hw6, hw6_sol
Week 7: hw7, hw7_sol
Week 8,9: hw8, hw8_sol, exam1,exam1_sol
Week 10: hw9, hw9_sol
Week 11: hw10, hw10_sol
Week 13: hw11, inclass hw11_sol
Week 14: hw12, hw12_sol, hw13, hw13_sol

Course Organization


This is an intense one semester graduate course in Classical Electrodynamics. We begin with a very brief review of electrostatics and magnetostatics where the required special functions and Green function techniques are introduced. After this introduction, we describe Faraday's Law and the quasi-static approximation to the Maxwell system. Following these developments we study the propagation of light in media, and categorize the response functions of typical materials. Subsequently we describe diffractive and scattering phenomena with partially coherent light. Then we discuss multipole radiation, placing classical electrodynamics within the context of special relativity. This formalism is used to study radiation in various contexts. The course will emphasize problem solving.

A detailed set of scanned lecture notes and typed formulas will be provided for the course. Examples of the format of these notes is given on the course page for Fall 2013:

http://tonic.physics.sunysb.edu/~dteaney/F13_Phy505/course.htm .

The structure and tentative order of the course is the following

  1. Electrostatics:

  2. Electric fields in matter:

  3. Magnetostatics:

  4. Magnetism and magnetic fields in matter:

  5. The Maxwell equations and the quasistatic approximation:

  6. Propagation of waves in media and at interfaces:

  7. Multipole radiation, and radiation by slow charges:

  8. Relativity, covariance, and electrodynamics:

  9. Radiation by fast charges:

  10. Scattering of radiation and diffraction:

The following is a portrait of Faraday. May his memory inspire young experimentalists, and young theorists to listen to them.

Lecture Instructor:

Assist. Professor Derek Teaney: derek.teaney stonybrook.edu

Derek Teaney
Department of Physics & Astronomy
PO Box 3800
Stony Brook, NY 11764-3800

Office: Physics C-135

(631)632-4489, Fax 9718

Teaching Assistant Zhedong Zhang: zhedong.zhang stonybrook.edu


Class Meetings

The course consists of three lecture hours and two hour recitation. Recitations will be used to discuss problems.

Office Hours

Please feel free to contact me at anytime. My official office hours are,

Final Exam

The final exam is on Tuesday, December 16 from 2:15--5:00 p.m in P112.

Grade Determination

The grading will be based roughly on the following table. I reserve the right to change these proportions (within reasonable limits) as the course progresses. My intent of course is to follow these guidelines.

Homework 25%
Midterm Exam 35%
Final Exam 40%

Homeworks will be assigned weekly, and will be collected ** at the start of class ** . Homework handed in within a day after the due date/time will by given a 5% penalty. After this, late homeworks will be penalized at 10% per day.

The Book and Resources

The required book for the course is

  1. Classical Electrodynamics by John David Jackson

Some other books which I used when preparing the course are:

  1. A good source of problems is: Modern Electrodynamics by Andrew Zangwill.
  2. A interesting perspective on the subject is: Classical Electrodynamics by Julian Schwinger, Lester Deraad, Kimball Milton, Wu-yang Tsai.
  3. I have found: Methods of Theoretical Physics, Part I and II by Morse and Freshbach an invaluable, enjoyable, and surprisingly readable reference over the years.
  4. Professor Likharev's Essential Graduate Physics

Other Items


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Academic Integrity

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Religious Holidays

If the schedule of homeworks, exams or other assignments is in conflict with your religion's Holidays, please let me know in an email by the end of the first week of instructions and I will do my best to accommodate your needs. Please note that I cannot make changes in the course schedule after the first week of classes. No consideration will be made if someone approaches me in this matter at a time close to the due date or the exam date.

Americans with Disabilities Act

If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, room128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Students who require assistance during emergency evacuation are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services.

Critical Incident Management

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