PHYS 301 -- Electricity and Magnetism

Fall Term 2000

Class: Monday, Wednesday & Friday 13:30-14:30, Hebb 10
Tutorial: Thursday 8:30-9:30, Hennings 304
Professor: Janis McKenna
Office: Hennings-Physics 260 (Mezzanine)
Phone: 822-4337
E-mail: Email from undergrad students usually gets answered evenings between midnite and 1.
Office Hours: Mondays, 3:00-4:00, Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 or by special appointment.
Text: Introduction to Electrodynamics, by D. Griffiths
If you're looking for more:
  • Electricity and Magnetism , by E.M.Purcell (lower level than Griffiths)
  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. 2 , by Feynman, Leighton & Sands (great book)
  • Electromagnetic Fields and Waves by Lorrain and Corson (level similar to Griffiths)
  • Classical Electrodynamics , by J.D.Jackson (if you want something to really sink your teeth into -- graduate level E&M)

Outline of topics covered in the course:

You will find we will cover all the material in Griffiths, Chapters 1-7.

Then we cover Chapter 8, sections 1 & 2 only, and Chapter 10 section 3 only.

PHYS 401 - offered in the winter term - covers the rest of Griffiths: the material in Chapters 8-10

Tutorials: For the first four weeks tutorials will be almost lecture style, but I'm willing to take interrupts of any kind from you and consider any homework problems. We'll review vector analysis and vector calculus, Dirac Delta functions, curvilinear coordinates, techniques for solving differential equations (Laplaces' equation, specificly) and applications in E&M. Then we'll do worked examples, review of mathematical techniques, homework problems, midterm exam problems, and any concepts/ problems you want to discuss.

Grading: 50% Final Exam
20% Assignments (10 will be assigned over the term)
15% Midterm Exam 1 -- Friday October 13
15% Midterm Exam 2 -- Friday November 17

There is no tolerance for late assignments without medical or tragic reason, as solutions will be posted the day after due date.

List of Lectures & Topics for all 35 Lectures

This will be updated lecture by lecture as term proceeds. You should be able to look up each lecture the day preceeding it.


Problem Sets:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Solutions: (will appear on Friday morning. Assignments are due on Thursday evenings at midnight)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Janis McKenna, UBC Department of Physics, December 2000

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