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K-State PHYS 831 - Syllabus Electrodynamics I

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Electrodynamics IPhysics 831 KSUMWF 2:30 - 3:20 Fall 20053 credit hours Cardwell 143Instructor: Prof. Gary Wysin, [email protected] hours: MW 1:00 - 2:30, 309 Cardwell, 785-532-1628PHYS831 www: of Course1. Analyze and apply electric and magnetic field concepts.2. Learn and use advanced mathematical physics techniques.Concepts1. Static fields in vacuum, boundary value problems.2. Effects of materials, polarizations.3. Energy and its conservation.4. Dynamics: propagating waves, dispersion.5. Dynamics: interactions of fields and charges.Techniques1. Laplace’s equation, images, orthogonal functions.2. Poisson’s equation, Green functions.3. Vector, tensor, differential calculus.4. Complex variables (2D electrostatics, dispersion, Green functions).5. Generating functions.Importance of ElectrodynamicsElectromagnetic effects occur in nearly all natural phenomena, although there maynot always be obvious macroscopic effects. Where macroscopically observable effectsoccur, the idea of fields is extremely useful and conceptually necessary to describe thesituation.E & M theory is the most well-known example of a classical theory that is conceptuallyunified by the field concept. Furthermore, it has an e ss ential relevance to relativity.The mathematical techniques used are applicable to many other problems, especiallyquantum mechanics. Finally, an understanding of E & M at the classical level is thebasis for following any quantum field theories.Grading and RequirementsGrading will be as follow s:Task: Points: Grading scale:a) written homeworks 15 weeks * 25/week = 375 pts. A: 1000–880b) oral homeworks 25 pts./problem B: 880–760c) midterm exam 300 pts. C: 760–640d) final exam 300 pts. D: 640–520There will be homework problems assigned every week, see topics schedule on nextpage. One problem (25 points) per week will be randomly selected for written grading.No late written homework will be accepted. I’ll ask for volunteers to explain the otherproblems (25 points each) at the board. If these are all taken, you may instead presentother similar problems from the same Jackson chapter for oral homeworks.Homework solutions must be clearly written, well-organized, and concise! This meansno scribbling or illegible writing, please, and do not exhibit excessively long or trivialalgebra. Please show only the most relevant steps and always give word explanationsalong with the calculations. Of course, this applies even more so for the oral presenta-tions.DisabilitiesIf you have any condition such as a physical or learning disability, w hich will makeit difficult for you to carry out the as I have outlined it or which will require acadenicaccomodations, please notify me and contact the Disabled Students Office (Holton 202)in the first two weeks of the course.PlagiarismThe University requires a statement on plagarism in the syllabus. As scientists intraining, high professional standards of integrity and ethics are expected of you. Whileyou are encouraged to discuss questions with me or with other students, what youhand in must be your own work. C opying from others or from textbooks is consideredplagiarism.Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and may be punished by failure on theexam, paper or project; failure in the course; and/or expulsion from the university. Formore information refer to the “Academic Dishonesty” policy in K-State UndergraduateCatalog and the Undergraduate Honor System Policy on the Provos t’s web page at ScheduleThe textbook for the course is Classical Electrodynamics, by J. D. Jackson, (3rd ed.,SI units, 1998 or 2nd ed., CGS units, 1975). An approximate schedule of the topics tobe covered is as follows:Monday Wednesday FridayAug. 22 I. Intro. 24 Ch. 1 – Electrostatics 26 Ch. 129 Ch. 1 problems 31 Ch. 1 Sep. 2 Ch. 2 – Potential ISep. 5 *** Labor Day Holiday *** 7 Ch. 2 9 Ch. 212 Ch. 1, 2 problems 14 Ch. 2 16 Ch. 3 – Potential II19 Ch. 2, 3 problems 21 Ch. 3 23 Ch. 326 Ch. 3 problems 28 Ch. 3 30 Ch. 3Oct. 3 *** Fall Break Holiday *** 5 Ch. 3 problems 7 Ch. 4 – Dielectrics10 Ch. 4 12 Ch. 4 14 Ch. 4 problems17 Midterm: Ch. 1–4 19 Ch. 5 Magnetostatics 21 Ch. 524 Ch. 5 problems 26 Ch. 5 28 Ch. 531 Ch. 5 problems Nov. 2 Ch. 6 Maxwell Eqs. 4 Ch. 67 Ch. 6 problems 9 Ch. 6 11 Ch. 614 Ch. 6 problems 16 Ch. 7 EM Waves 18 Ch. 721 Ch. 7 problems 23 ****** Thanksgiving ****** 25 **** Holiday ****28 Ch. 7 30 Ch. 7 Dec. 2 Ch. 7 problems5 Ch. 7 7 Ch. 7 9 Ch. 7 problems12 4:10 – 6:00 p.m. Final: Ch.

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