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PHY 218: Electricity and Magnetism II
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu  Spring 2015
Problem Set 1
Due Wednesday, February 4, in lecture
 Problem 1 [10 points]
In lecture, when we derived the following expression for the energy stored in a configuration of magnetostatic currents,
W_{mag} = (1/2)∫ d^{3}r j(r)⋅A(r)
we assumed that the vector potential A was in the Coulomb gauge, i.e. that ∇⋅A = 0.
Show that in fact this expression is correct even when A is not in the Coulomb gauge.
Hint: Suppose A is in the Coulomb gauge. Construct another vector potential by taking A'(r) ≡ A(r) + ∇χ(r), where χ(r) is any scalar function. Note, this A'(r) is a good vector potential, i.e. it gives the same B = ∇×A' as does A, however A' does not in general satisfy ∇⋅A' = 0. Show that W_{mag} = ∫ d^{3}r j(r)⋅A'(r) still gives the correct energy stored in the configuration.
 Problem 2 [10 points]
Suppose we have a situation where we have a known, time varying, magnetic field B(r, t), and there is no net charge, i.e. ρ(r) = 0. Write an integral expression that gives the resulting electric field E(r, t) in terms of the known B(r, t).
Hint: The relevant Maxwell Equations are: ∇⋅E(r, t) = 0 and ∇×E(r,t) = − ∂B(r,t)/∂t. Think about another situation in which you have seen a similar set of equations!
 Problem 3 [10 points]
Use the formalism of the LeviCivita tensor ε_{ijk} to derive the following vector identities:
a) ∇×(fg) = f(∇×g) − g×(∇f) where f is any scalar function and g is any vector function
b) ∇×(∇×A) = −∇^{2}A +∇(∇⋅A)
 Problem 4 [10 points]
Griffiths 4th ed. problem 7.10
 Problem 5 [10 points]
Griffiths 4th ed. problem 7.16
 Problem 6 [10 points]
Griffiths 4th ed. problem 7.17
 Problem 7 [10 points]
Griffiths 4th ed. problem 7.22

