|Week 1: 8/25||Introduction and Electrostatics:|
|Week 2 : 9/1||Mathematics of the Poisson Equation:|
|Week 3 : 9/8||Mathematics of the Poisson Equation (continued)|
|Week 4: 9/15||Chapter 4: Electrostatics in Material|
|Week 5: 9/16||Currents and Ohms Law. Magnetostics|
|Week 6: 9/29||Quasistatics fields|
|Week 7: 10/6||Conservation Laws. Waves. Propagation of waves at interfaces:|
|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|
|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 10:||hw9, hw9_sol|
|Week 11:||hw10, hw10_sol, hw10_inclass, hw10_inclass_sol|
|Week 13:||hw11, hw11_sol|
|Week 14:||hw12, hw12_sol, and hw13, hw13_sol|
|Week 1: 8/25|| The Maxwell equations and mathematical review:
|Week 2: 9/1|| Methods of Electrostatics
|Week 3: 9/8||Week 2 continued|
|Week 4: 9/15|| Electrostatics in Material:
|Week 5: 9/22||
|Week 6: 9/29|| Quasi-statics in vacuum and metals. Maxwell Equations for Potentials.
|Week 7: 10/6||Conservation Laws. Propagation of waves in media and interfaces:|
|Week 8: 10/13||Dispersion. Wave packtes.|
|Week 9: 10/20||Retarded Green Functions.|
|Week 10: 10/27||
Multipole radiation and radiation from slow charges.
|Week 11: 11/3|| Relativity and Electrodynamics:
|Week 12: 11/10|| Radiation from relativistic charges:
|Thanksgiving: 11/24||Scattering and Diffractioon|
|Week 14: 12/1||Scattering and Diffraction|
This is an intense one semester graduate course in Classical Electrodynamics. This is the only graduate course to meet 5 hours per week, and therefore graduate students should expect that this course will constitute a significant part of their first semester workload.
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 2014:
The structure and tentative order of the course is the following
The following is a portrait of Faraday. May his memory inspire young experimentalists, and young theorists to listen to them.
The course consists of three lecture hours and two hour recitation. Recitations will be used to discuss problems.
Please feel free to contact me at anytime. My official office hours are,
The final exam is on Tuesday, December 15 from 2:15--5:00 p.m in Harriman Hall 116.
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 is a major part of this course, and students should expect approximately 8-10 hours of work per week. 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 required book for the course is
Some other books which I used when preparing the course are:
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