Office Hours -Thursday 3:30pm-5:00pm, or please make an appointment. TA: Akshay Ghalsasi, firstname.lastname@example.org, Office hrs Wed 330-430 B427
This course is concerned with a reviewing Maxwell's equations and applying them to a diverse set of situations. The aim is to bring your ability to apply math to relevant physics problem up to a professional level. Another goal involves preparation for the qualifying exam which will be the final exam in 514. This exam will cover both 513 and 514, Modern physics examples will be introduced when relevant.
The content will include Chapts 4-8 (and parts of 9) of Jackson. The first week's lectures will cover approximately Sec. 4.3,4.4,4.7,5.1,5.2. Second week's lecture will cover approximately 5.3-5.12. Third week's lecture will cover approximately 5.15,5.16,6.1-6.3. After 6.3 we will cover the material in the notes on radiation. Fourth week: 6.7, notes on radiation 9.1,9.2,6.10-6.12. Fifth week approximately: 6.12,7.1-7.5, Fifth week:7.5,7.10 Sixth week 7.10,11, 8.1-8.5, seventh week 8.3-8.5,8.1,3.7,8.7,8.8 Eight week 8.7, 9.1-9.3 plus radiation notes.
Homework will be assigned every week or so, generally due on Fridays. Doing the assigned problems is probably the most important ingredient in learning the material, and your scores on these represent 40 % of the grade. You may, and should discuss the hw problems with fellow students, but the solutions must be your own. It is important to hand in the homework on time in class on the due date. This is because solutions will be posted soon after class. Each individual homework problem is worth 10 points. There will one midterm (20%) and the final exam (40%). The final exam will be the E & M qualifying exam for the Physics Department. Exams are closed book and closed notes, but open minds. A page of notes may be provided to reduce memorization.
The scope of the midterm will be similar to last year's midterm, which is posted. Chapt 7, will not be covered, but radiation appears on last year's midterm. The posted notes on radiation as well as the lectures could be relevant for this year's midterm. A practice problem on radiation is Prob. 9.14 of Jackson.
Midterm Exam Friday. Feb. 15, 11:00-12:20,
Final exam: 8:30-10:20 Monday, March 18