**Instructor:** Vladi Chaloupka, Professor of
Physics

room B309, 206-543-8965
vladi@u.washington.edu
http://www.phys.washington.edu/users/vladi

office hours: before and after class, and by appointment;

**Teaching Assistant:** TBA

**Text:** Griffiths: Introduction
to
Electrodynamics
(3rd ed.). We will just skim chapters 4 and 6 (polarization and
magnetization),
and only cover selected topics from chapters 8-11 (see Tentative Schedule, below).

**Optional Reading:** Ohanian: Classical
Electrodynamics.
Hard to find. "Derives" (as we do) Maxwell equations from Electrostatics and
Relativity.
Excellent bibliography.

Jackson: Classical Electrodynamics. Classical text for graduate E&M.

Landau/Lifshitz: Electrodynamics
from the "Course in
Theoretical
Physics", or the first volume of the "Shorter Course" (Pergamon Press
1972
- very hard to find but worth trying!). E&M from The Master.

Brau: Modern Problems in
Classical Electrodynamics (Oxford Univ.
Press 2004). A somewhat strange title notwithstanding, this is a
complete text, and modern indeed, with many state-of-the-art
applications. The level aims at a "modern Jackson/Landau-Lifshitz".
After PHYS543, you should be ready for this book.

Feynman: Lectures on Physics. If you stay involved with Physics, you will never stop reading and re-reading these books!

Schaum's Outlines: an excellent resource for people
needing
a refresher of some basics. There is a good volume on Electromagnetics.
The volume on Complex Variables
is excellent - it covers much more than
we need in PHYS543 (but the extra stuff is truly great, and will be
needed
should you take my "Introduction to Acoustics and Digital Signal
Processing" next Winter (PHYS 536).

Douglas Hofstadter: Goedel Escher Bach. Masterful treatment of mathematical logic, paradoxical drawings and counterpoint music. This book, too, is recommended to every class I teach.

V. Chaloupka: *Two Letters
from Vlad the Astrophysicist* (see link on the website (www.phys.washington.edu/users/vladi ).

**Grading:** The better one out of two 1-hour
midterms
= 20% of the grade. Comprehensive, 2-hour Final = 80% of the grade.
Exams
are closed-book, with one sheet (both sides) of handwritten notes
allowed.
There will be no make-up exams.

**Homework:** is an ESSENTIAL part of the course.
It
is carefully selected, and all exams will be closely based on it, so
mastering
all homework problems (and attempting ALL problems BEFORE solutions are
distributed) will be a necessary as well as a sufficient condition for success in the course.

**HW Set 1 Part I:** Chapter 1 Problems 4, 5, 12,
13,
20, 22 (use of Levi-Civita removes the need for masochism), 26, 27, 28,
29, 30, 31, 33

Sept.28 Introduction

---------- Review
of Math. Tools
text Ch. 1

3 + handout (on
complex numbers, Kronecker, Levi Civita,
and Dirac delta function)

5

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10
Electrostatics
Ch. 2,3

12

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17

19
HW Set 1 solutions available

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24

26 Relativity ->
Maxwell equations
Ch. 12 and 10 (selections) + handout

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31 HW Set 2
solutions available
Review

Nov. 2

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7 Exam 1 (first hour; covering Chapters 1-3)
2nd hour: start Magnetostatics
Ch. 5

9

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14

16
HW Set 3 solutions available

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21
E&M in matter; Electrodynamics,

23
Radiation and Waves
Ch. 4,6,7,8,9,11 (selections)

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28
HW Set 4 solutions available

30

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Dec. 5 Exam 2 (covering chapters 4-12)

7
more Relativity, Action Principle, some Quantum, .....Grand Finale !

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