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PHY 218: Electricity and Magnetism II
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu ---- Spring 2015


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Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Lecture 19

Reflection between two transparent media, Brewster's angle, Green's function for the wave equation

2 3 4
5 6

Lecture 20

Radiation from a localized oscillating charge density, expansion for the vector potential, electric dipole term


HW #6 due 5pm

last day to declare S/F or withdraw from course


Lecture 21

Magnetic dipole and electric quadrapole terms for radiation, electric and magnetic fields in the electric dipole approximation, radiation zone, Poynting vector and radiated power in the electric dipole approximation

9 10 11
12 13

Lecture 22

Total radiated power in the electric dipole approximation, why is the sky blue?, magnetic dipole radiation, radiation from an arbitrary time-dependent charge distribution

14 15

Lecture 23

Larmor's formula for the radiated power of an accelerated charge, radiation-reaction force, radiative decay of a classical atom

Lecture 23 Supplement

The Abraham-Lorentz Equation - we did not cover this in lecture, and you're not responsible for it, but it is interesting so here it is!

16 17

Lecture 24

Lienard-Wiechert potentials for a moving point charge, potentials and fields for a point charge moving with constant velocity

Make-up lecture 2:00-3:00pm in BL 372

HW #7 due 5pm

19 20

Lecture 25

Special relativity, Lorentz transformation, time dilation, FitzGerald contraction, simultaneity of events, proper time, proper length, 4-vectors

21 22

Lecture 26

Lorentz transformation matrix, 4-differential, proper time interval, 4-velocity, 4-acceleration, 4-gradient, wave equation operator, 4-current, 4-potential, Maxwell's equations in relativistic potential form, the field strength tensor

23 24 25
26 27

Lecture 27

Transformation law for E and B fields, the field strength tensor and Maxwell's inhomogeneous equations, the dual field strength tensor and Maxwell's homogeneous equations, 4-momentum, Minkowski force, relativisitc kinetic energy, conservation of energy and momentum

28 29

Lecture 28

The Lorentz force in relativistic form, the relativisitic generalization of Larmor's formula

HW #8 due 5pm

classes end


reading period begins