Department of Physics and Astronomy
Sonoma State University
Class: Tu Th 9:20-10:35 am, Darwin 37
Instructor: Hongtao Shi
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
Math Tools for Electricity
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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.
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Last updated: 01/21/2019