Physics 217 - Fall 1998

Electricity and Magnetism I

Prof. Stephen TeitelJinhao Ruan
office:B&L 455BB&L 478
office hours:Tues. 1:30-3:00, or by appointment Wed. 2:00-4:00, or by appointment

Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:40 - 10:55am, B&L 270

Recitations: Friday, 3:00 - 4:15pm, B&L 170

Homework: Problem sets will be assigned on a weekly basis. Solutions will be posted in the Physics Library on the third floor of B&L a few days after the due date. Homework must be handed in on time in lecture. Homework handed in late may be penalized at the discretion of the instructor. Homework handed in after the solutions are posted may receive a zero at the discretion of the instructor. All homeworks must be handed in, in order to receive a grade for this course. Students are encouraged to collaborate in discussing and solving homework problems - however each student must hand in an independently written solution.

Examinations: One midterm exam, covering mostly electrostatics, will be given during the recitation period towards the middle of the semester. The final will be given Saturday, December 19, at 4pm, and will cover the entire course, but with an emphasis on the latter half. Exams are closed book, but you will receive a copy of the formulas on the inside cover of Griffiths, and you may bring one cheat sheet consisting of one 8.5"x11" lined notebook-type page, with one line of writing per ruled line. For the midterm your cheat notes may cover only one side of one page - for the final you can use both sides of one page.

Grades: homework = 40%, midterm = 25%, final = 35%

Required Text: The required text, which will be followed quite closely, is Introduction to Electrodynamics, 2nd ed., by D.J. Griffiths. I hope to cover roughly Chapters 1-6 this semester.

Other books on reserve in the Physics Library are:

E.M. Purcell, Electricity and Magnetism (2nd ed.) - very readable, somewhat lower level than the course

R.P. Feynman, The Feynman Lectures v. 2 - classic work, best read for its physical insights, after you are already a bit familiar with things

J.D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics - the classic graduate level text

R.K. Wangsness, Electromagnetic Fields - another junior level text

M.H. Nayfeh and M.K. Brussel, Electricity and Magnetism - another junior level text

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