Physics 430: Electricity and Magnetism

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Sonoma State University

Spring 2019

 

Class: Tu Th 9:20-10:35 am, Darwin 37

Instructor: Hongtao Shi

Phone: 664-2013

Email: hongtao.shi@sonoma.edu

Office: Darwin 300J

Office Hours: M 9:15-10:45 am, Th 4-5 pm, and by appointment


Course Description: Electricity and magnetism are manifestations of a single underlying electromagnetic force. This upper division E&M course describes the interactions of electricity and magnetism, both as separate phenomena and as a singular electromagnetic force, within a full vector calculus formulation. The class introduces Maxwell's equations, in both differential and integral form, along with electrostatic and magnetic vector potential, and the properties of dielectrics and magnetic materials. You will encounter many applications of these theories. This course is also cross-listed as EE 430.

Course Objectives: You are required to demonstrate (a) knowledge, understanding and use of the principles of physics, (b) ability to use reasoning and logic to define a problem in terms of physics principles, and (c) ability to use mathematics and computer applications to solve physics problems. By the end of this course, it is to be expected that you will have acquired a concrete understanding of the following topics: vector analysis, electrostatics, method of images, magnetostatics, electric currents, electromagnetic induction, electric and
magnetic fields in matter, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic waves, potentials, and fields.

Prerequisites: Physics 214: Introduction to Physics II and Physics 325: Introduction to Mathematical Physics

Text: David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall, ISBN-13: 9780138053260

Course Schedule

Math Tools for Electricity

Grading Policy:

Homework, Quizzes and Exams 30% Final Exam, Thursday, 5/16, 8:00-9:50 am
  25% Test 1
  25% Test 2
  20% Homework Assignments
   
Course Grade Percent Course Grade Percent Course Grade Percent
    A

93-100

A-

90-93

B+

87-90

B

83-87

B-

80-83

C+

77-80

C

73-77

C-

70-73

D+

67-70

D

63-67

D-

60-63

F

Below 60

       


You are encouraged to work in a study group in discussing the problems and doing the homework, but I expect each student to write up, after understanding, his/her own solutions handed in for grading. The lowest homework grade will be dropped.


References:

Cool E&M Applets:


Disability: If you have a disability and need special consideration, please contact the Office of Disabled Student Services (DSS). Located in Salazar Hall, Room 1049, Phone 664-2677.

Important University policies, such as add/drop classes, cheating and plagiarism, grade appeal procedures, can be found here.

Email me if you have questions or comments.

Last updated: 01/21/2019