PHYS 354 -- Lecture Topics

I plan to cover the topics in Griffiths as listed below. This plan is subject to change and will be updated as necessary. I will expect you have read the appropriate section in Griffiths for each class beforehand. We will have a number of demonstrations in the lectures too, but more in the magentism part of the course than the electrostatics part... Just so happens that there are more fun things you can do with "M" than "E" alone. Topics for each lecture and tutorial should be updated here the day before each lecture/tutorial. Tutorials will be general review, worked examples, and anything you request (email me). We will also go over each midterm exam in the tutorial following the midterm.
Week Date Lecture Topics covered in class Reading Material in Griffiths Possibilities for tutorials (Monday afternoons)
1 Sept.8 Lecture 1 Vector Algebra, Differential and Integral Calculus used in this E&M course Sections 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 No tutorial first week: Monday was a holiday.
Sept.10 Lecture_2 Finish off vector calculus review; review cylindrical and spherical coordinates. Sections 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6
2 Sept.13 Lecture_3 The Dirac Delta Function in 1-D, 3-D, Coulomb's Law, Electric Field due to discrete and continuous charge distributions Sections 1.5, 2.1 vector algebra review, vector calculus review: divergence, curl, integral calculus, Green's/Gauss' Theorem, Stoke's Theorem, Dirac Delta Function, Derivatives in Cartesian/Cylindrical/Spherical coordinates (read Griffiths 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6 and Appendix A)
Sept.15 Lecture_4 Electric Field Lines, Gauss' Law, 1st two of Maxwell's Eqns in electrostatics Some E&M applets on fields and potentials 2.2
Sept.17 Lecture_5 Electric Potential, Poisson's eqn, Laplace's eqn, just a bit on work 2.3, 2.4
3 Sept.20 Lecture_6 Electrostatic Energy, Electrostatic Boundary Conditions. 2.4 examples using Gauss' Law and Coulomb's law to calculate E field. more practise using vectors in spherical coordinates
Sept.22 Lecture_7 Conductors, Capacitors Everything you ever wanted to know about capacitors 2.5
Sept.24 Lecture_8 more on capacitors, Laplace's equation, DEMO: Van de Graaf generator Solutions to Laplace's eqn 3.1
4 Sept.27 Lecture_9 Method of Images, DEMO: Big Bang Capacitor 3.2 conductors, capacitors, Laplace's eqn and examples
Sept.29 Lecture_10 Method of Images -continued- Solving Laplace's eqn: Separation of variables, examine solution in Cartesian coordinates 3.3
Oct.1 Lecture_11 Laplace's eqn, Separation of variables, Cartesian example 3.3 PLEASE NOTE THAT WE MOVED THE MIDTERM BACK ONE CLASS TO OCT 13 IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE ENGFIZZ SOCIAL EVENT ON OCT 7
5 Oct.4 Lecture_12 Laplace's Eqn, Method of separation of variables, spherical coordinate system, Multipole Expansions 3.4 examples using Method of Images, Solutions of Laplace's eqn, review of Fourier analysis, vectors and Jacobians in Spherical/Cylindrical coordinate systems
Oct.6 Lecture_13 Dielectrics, Polarized materials 4.1
Oct.8 Lecture_14 Polarization and bound charges & example 4.2
6 Oct.13 MIDTERM EXAM #1 exam covers all material in Chapters 1-3 Griffiths Your exam will include: my own formula sheet, Solutions to Laplace's eqn from Lecture 8, and front and back inside covers of Griffiths. You may bring a one-sided, not mechanically reproduced 8.5 x 11 sheet with anything you like on it.
Oct.15 Lecture_15 Dielectrics, Polarization, Electric Displacement, D & DEMO: Wimshurst Generator 4.3
7 Oct.18 Lecture_16 Linear Dielectrics, Laplace's Eqn and Method of Images (deja vu) 4.4 Do MIDTERM EXAM #1 in tutorial, plus review separation of variables
Oct.20 Lecture_17 Energy in dielectrics, Forces and torques on dipoles and dielectrics, DEMO: comb and polarized dielectric 4.4
Oct.22 Lecture_18 Magnetic Field, Lorentz Force, earth's magnetic field, Aurora borealis 5.1
8 Oct.25 Lecture_19 Biot-Savart Law, Applications of Lorentz force (velocity selector, mass spectrometer, cathode ray tube) DEMO: Particle accelerators 5.2, parts of 12.3 dielectrics & Biot-Savart Law
Oct.27 Lecture_20 Relativity and E&M, Biot-Savart Law, Ampere's Law, Maxwell's Equations ( all 4 of 'em) A, the vector magnetic potential, Symmetries in E & M 5.2, 5.3
Oct.29 Lecture_21 Maxwell's Eqns, Electric and magnetic boundary conditions, magnetic multipole expansion, vector magnetic potential A 5.3, 5.4
9 Nov.1 Lecture_22 Magnetic fields in matter, paramagnetism, diamagnetism, bound currents, auxiliary field H. See a video of paramagnetism of liquid oxygen 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 examples in magnetism, Biot Savart Law, Ampere's Law
Nov.3 Lecture_23 Magnetic fields in matter, ferromagnetism, linear and non-linear magnetic materials, DEMO: Barkhausen effect, some applications: electromagnet, tape recorder, the earth's magnetism 6.3, 6.4
Nov.5 Lecture_24 Ohm's Law, Electromotive force (emf), Motional emf, DEMO: Motional EMF/Faraday's law, Lenz' law, DEMO: Electromagnet. 7.1, 7.2
10 Nov.8 Lecture_25 Applications of Lorentz force and Faraday's law: DC motor, AC/DC generator, alternator, flip coil, loudspeakers DEMOS: DC motor, AC/DC generator Also check out: AC Generator, DC Generator and 7.1, 7.2 Faraday's Law, Lenz' Law, examples
Nov.10 MIDTERM EXAM #2 covers everthing in Chapters 1-5. Your exam will include: my own formula sheet, Solutions to Laplace's eqn from Lecture 8, and front and back inside covers of Griffiths. You may bring a two-sided, not mechanically reproduced 8.5 x 11 sheet with anything you like on it.
Nov.12 Lecture_26 Applications of Faraday's Law & Lenz's Law, Eddy Currents, DEMOS: Jumping Rings, Electric guitar, Eddy Currents (2 demos) 7.1, 7.2
11 Nov.15 Lecture_27 Induction, mutual induction, self induction, A bit more on Eddy Currents, metal detectors and applications with Faraday's Law. 7.1,7.2 Do Midterm Exam #2
Nov.17 Lecture_28 Mutual & Self Inductance, transformers, Faraday's Law DEMOS: Fried nails transformer, shake flashlight 7.1, 7.2
Nov.19 Lecture_29 Maxwell's eqns summary, displacement current, wave equation, AC and DC circuits 7.1, 7.2, 7.3
12 Nov.22 Lecture_30 Maxwell's equations in general, in matter, the wave equation, another look at magnetic monopoles 7.3, 9.2, 10.1
Nov.24 Lecture_31 Energy and momentum in EM fields, Demos: Magnetic Levitation: Eddy Currents, Magnetic Levitation: HiTc Superconductor 8.1, 8.2
Nov.26 Lecture_32 Maxwell's Equations, Feynman's Paradox, Poynting Vector, Conservation of Energy and Momentum in E&M Fields, Radiation Pressure/Solar Sails 8.1, 8.2
13 Nov.29 Lecture_33 Maxwell's equations, differential and integral form, DEMO: driven coupled LC circuits (Tesla Coil) 7.3, 8.1 Last tutorial, review of Chapters 1-6
Dec.1 Lecture_34 Special Relativity and E&M in 4-vector notation.. for fun and interest only. will not be examined on Ch 12 material 12.1, 12.3
Dec.3 Lecture 35 REVIEW: Chapters 7 & 8 Finish review started in last tutorial: Chapters 7 & 8. Plus a couple of your suggestions
Dec.11 FINAL EXAM 3:30-6:30pm, 3 hours. 6 questions. Choose 5 of 6, or try all 6 and your best 5 count. Covers all material in Chapters 1-7 plus Poynting vector in Chapter 8 Your exam will include: my own formula sheet, Solutions to Laplace's eqn from Lecture 8, and front and back inside covers of Griffiths. You may bring a two-sided, 8.5 x 11 sheet, made by you, with anything you like on it.
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Janis McKenna, UBC Department of Physics, September 2004