
Physics 401
Spring 2023

Electricity and Magnetism I

Course Materials:

Week 0:
1/27
Review of Vector Calculus, part 1 [Chpt 1]
Syllabus
Overheads for Wednesday, January 25
Lecture 1, Wednesday, January 25 Review of vector fields, vector products, gradient operator.
Problem Set 1 due Wednesday, February 1

Week 1:
1/302/1
Review of Vector Calculus, part 2 [Chpt 1]
Lecture 2, Monday, January 30 Review of divergence, curl, and vector integral theorems.
Lecture 3, Wednesday, February 1 Review of integration by parts, spherical coordinates, divergence conundrum.
Problem Set 2 due Wednesday, February 8

Week 2:
2/62/8
Electrostatics, part 1 [Chpt 2]
Lecture 4, Monday, February 6 Helmholtz theorem, Coulomb's law, electric fields.
Lecture 5, Wednesday, February 8 Continuous charge distributions, line charge example, Gauss's law.
Overhead slides (Feb. 8) Pillars of electrostatics.
Problem Set 3 due Wednesday, February 15

Week 3:
2/132/15
Electrostatics, part 2 [Chpt 2]
Lecture 6, Monday, February 13 Gauss's law, Efields of a charged sphere & charged plane.
Lecture 7, Wednesday, February 15 Electric potential, potential of a charged shell, Poisson's & Laplace's equations.
Problem Set 4 due Wednesday, February 22

Week 4:
2/202/22
Electrostatics, part 3 [Chpt 2]
Lecture 8, Monday, February 20 Potential of a line of charge, electrostatic energy.
Lecture 9, Wednesday, February 22 Properties of perfect conductors.
Problem Set 5 due Wednesday, March 1

Week 5:
2/273/1
Potentials & Solution Methods [Chpt 3]
Lecture 10, Monday, February 27 Capacitors, method of images.
Lecture 11, Wednesday, March 1 Method of images, calculating surface charge density, separation of variables.
Topics for midterm next week.

Week 6:
3/63/8
Separation of Variables & Midterm [Chpt 3]
Lecture 12, Monday, March 6 Separation of variables with Cartesian symmetry.
Midterm test is on Wednesday, March 8.
Practice midterm Midterm from Spring 2021.
Formula sheet Formulas that you should know (i.e. not available during test).
Problem Set 6 due Wednesday, March 22

Week 7:
3/133/15
Spring Break !!

Week 8:
3/203/22
Separation of Variables  Spherical Coordinates [Chpt 3]
Lecture 13, Monday, March 20 Separation of variables with sphericalazimuthal symmetry.
Lecture 14, Wednesday, March 22 Separation of variables examples (sphericalazimuthal symmetry).
Problem Set 7 due Wednesday, March 29

Week 9:
3/273/29
Multipoles & Electrostatics in Matter [Chpt 3 & 4]
Lecture 15, Monday, March 27 Multipole expansion and dipole moment.
Lecture 16, Wednesday, March 29 Forces on dipoles, polarizability of matter.
Slides on quasistatic dipole trapping (March 29)
Problem Set 8 due Wednesday, April 5

Week 10:
4/35
Electrostatics in Matter [Chpt 4]
Lecture 17, Monday, April 3 Bound charges, electric displacement D.
Lecture 18, Wednesday, April 5 Linear dielectrics, capacitors & dielectrics, intro to magnetostatics.
Problem Set 9 due Wednesday, April 12

Week 11:
4/1012
Magnetostatics, part 1 [Chpt 5]
Lecture 19, Monday, April 10 Lorentz force law, cyclotron motion, no magnetic work, BiotSavart law.
Lecture 20, Wednesday, April 12 BiotSavart law, "no magnetic monopoles" law, Ampere's law.
Problem Set 10 due Wednesday, April 19

Week 12:
4/1719
Magnetostatics, part 2 [Chpt 5]
Lecture 21, Monday, April 17 Ampere's law examples (solenoid, toroid).
Lecture 22, Wednesday, April 19 Magnetic vector potential, multipole expansion, magnetic dipoles.
Problem Set 11 due Wednesday, April 26

Week 13:
4/2426
Magnetostatics in Matter [Chpt 6]
Lecture 23, Monday, April 24 Forces on dipoles, strong field and weak field seekers, magnetic quadrupole trap.
Lecture 24, Wednesday, April 26 Paramagnets, diamagnets, bound currents, auxiliary field H, magnetic susceptibility.

Week 14:
5/13
Maxwell's Equations [Chpt 7]
Lecture 25, Monday, May 1 Ohm's law, electromotive force, Faraday's law.
Lecture 26, Wednesday, May 3 Faraday's law, inductance, electromagnetic energy, Maxwell's equations, displacement current.
"Problem Set 12" (ungraded) practice problems on chapter 7

Week 15:
5/9
FINAL EXAM
Final Exam will be held Tuesday, May 9, 710 pm in Small Hall room 110.
Final exam topics
Formula study sheet (updated) has useful formulas for the Final Exam, but will NOT be available as part of test.
Formula sheet (updated) available as part of test.

