Physics 610
Spring 2018


Electricity and Magnetism I 


Course Materials:

  • Week 0: 1/18                   Maxwell's Equations Review
    Syllabus
    Introductory overheads (Thursday, January 18, 2018)
    Problem Set 1 (due Thursday, January 25, 2018)

  • Week 1: 1/23-25              Special Relativity
    Problem Set 2 (due Thursday, February 1, 2018)

  • Week 2: 1/30-2/1              Relativistic Electrodynamics
    Problem Set 3 (due Thursday, February 8, 2018)

  • Week 3: 2/6-8                  Classical Field Theory
    Problem Set 4 (due Thursday, February 15, 2018)

  • Week 4: 2/13-15              Noether's Theorem
    Problem Set 5 (due Thursday, February 22, 2018)

  • Week 5: 2/20-22              Lorentz Group and Thomas Precession
    Problem Set 6 (due Thursday, March 15, 2018)

  • Week 6: 2/27-3/1              Thomas-BMT Equation and Intro to Electrostatics
    Overheads for Thursday, March 1, 2018 ("pillars of electrostatics")

    Spring Break for 3/6 and 3/8
    Optional tutorial on the E&M physics of LIGO's gravitational wave detectors: the rubber ruler paradox

  • Week 7: 3/13-15              Midterm and Electrostatics
    Midterm (in-class) on Tuesday, March 13.
    Problem Set 7 (originally due Thursday, March 22, now due Tuesday, March 27, 2018)

  • Week 8: 3/20-22              Method of Images and Green's Functions

  • Week 9: 3/27-29              Separation of Variables
    Problem Set 8 (due Thursday, April 5, 2018)

  • Week 10: 4/3-5                Spherical Harmonics
    Problem Set 9 (extended deadline: Tuesday, April 17, 2018)

  • Week 11: 4/10-12              Multipole Expansion
    Overheads for Thursday, April 12, 2018 ("Quasi-electrostatic laser traps")
    Quiz covering orthonormality relations of spherical functions on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

  • Week 12: 4/17-18-19            Capacitors, Dielectrics, and Magnetostatics
    Note: Extra lecture on Wednesday, April 18.
    Problem Set 10 (due Thursday, April 26, 2018)

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