
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)
Tuesday, January 18 Lecture: Maxwell's equations
Problem Set 1 (due Thursday, January 25, 2018)

Week 1:
1/2325
Special Relativity
Tuesday, January 23 Lecture: Electrodynamic Potentials and Special Relativity
Thursday, January 25 Lecture: Lorentz Transformations
Problem Set 2 (due
Thursday, February 1, 2018)

Week 2:
1/302/1 Relativistic Electrodynamics
Tuesday, January 30 Lecture: 4vectors and 4tensors
Thursday, February 1 Lecture: Manifestly Relativistic Electrodynamics
Problem Set 3 (due
Thursday, February 8, 2018)

Week 3:
2/68 Classical Field Theory
Tuesday, February 6 Lecture: Introduction to Classical Field Theory
Thursday, February 8 Lecture: Lagrangian Electrodynamics
Problem Set 4 (due
Thursday, February 15, 2018)

Week 4:
2/1315 Noether's Theorem
Tuesday, February 13 Lecture: Noether's Theorem
Thursday, February 15 Lecture: The StressEnergy Tensor and Conservation Laws
Problem Set 5 (due
Thursday, February 22, 2018)

Week 5:
2/2022 Lorentz Group and Thomas Precession
Tuesday, February 20 Lecture: The Lorentz Group
Thursday, February 22 Lecture: Thomas Precession
Problem Set 6 (due Thursday, March 15, 2018)

Week 6:
2/273/1 ThomasBMT Equation and Intro to Electrostatics
Tuesday, February 27 Lecture: 4spin and the ThomasBMT equation
Thursday, March 1 Lecture: Introduction 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:
3/1315 Midterm and Electrostatics
Midterm (inclass) on Tuesday, March 13.
Thursday, March 15 Lecture: Perfect Conductors
Problem Set 7 (originally due
Thursday, March 22, now due Tuesday, March 27, 2018)

Week 8:
3/2022 Method of Images and Green's Functions
Tuesday, March 20 Lecture: Method of Images
Thursday, March 22 Lecture: Green's Functions

Week 9:
3/2729 Separation of Variables
Tuesday, March 27 Lecture: Separation of Variables for Cartesian Symmetry
Thursday, March 29 Lecture: Separation of Variables for Cylindrical Symmetry
Problem Set 8 (due
Thursday, April 5, 2018)

Week 10:
4/35 Spherical Harmonics
Tuesday, April 3 Lecture: Azimuthal Symmetry and Legendre Polynomials
Thursday, April 5 Lecture: Spherical Harmonics
Problem Set 9 (extended deadline:
Tuesday, April 17, 2018)

Week 11:
4/1012 Multipole Expansion
Tuesday, April 10 Lecture: Electric Dipoles
Thursday, April 12 Lecture: The Multipole Expansion
Overheads for
Thursday, April 12, 2018 ("Quasielectrostatic laser traps")
Quiz covering orthonormality relations of spherical functions on Thursday, April 12, 2018.

Week 12:
4/171819 Capacitors and Dielectrics
Note: Extra lecture on Wednesday, April 18.
Tuesday, April 17 Lecture: Capacitance
Wednesday, April 18 Lecture: Dielectrics
Thursday, April 19 Lecture: Method of Images for Linear Dielectrics
Problem Set 10 (due
Thursday, April 26, 2018)

Week 13:
4/242627 Magnetostatics
Note: Extra lecture on Friday, April 27.
Tuesday, April 24 Lecture: Introduction to Magnetostatics
Thursday, April 26 Lecture: Magnetic Dipoles, Quadrupoles, and Anapole Moments
Friday, April 27 Lecture: Magnetic Materials
The final exam is on Thursday, May 3, 2018 for 9amnoon in Small Hall 235.

