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PHY 218: Electricity and Magnetism II
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu ---- Spring 2017


January | February | March | April | May

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
2 3

lecture 20

Radiation-reaction force, radiative decay of a classical atom, Lienard-Wiechert potentials for a moving point charge


The Abraham-Lorentz Equation

4 5

lecture 21

Potentials and fields for a point charge moving with constant velocity, and for a charge accelerating

6 7

HW #7 due

9 10

lecture 22

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

11 12

lecture canceled


lecture 23

4-vectors, Lorentz transformation matrix, 4-differential, proper time interval, 4-velocity, 4-acceleration, 4-gradient, wave equation operator, 4-current, 4-potential

make-up lecture during workshop, 5pm in Hylan 105


HW #8 due

16 17

lecture canceled

18 19

lecture 24

The field strength tensor Fμν, transformation law for E and B fields, Maxwell's equations in relativistic form, energy-momentum 4-vector, Minkowski force, relativisitc kinetic energy


lecture 25

Conservation of energy and momentum, the Lorentz force in relativistic form, the relativisitic generalization of Larmor's formula

make-up lecture during workshop, 5pm in Hylan 105

21 22
23 24

lecture 26

Lienard-Wiechert potentials in relativistic form, field strength tensor and E and B fields for a charged particle moving on an abritrary trajectory

HW #9 due

25 26

lecture 27

Angular distribution of radiated power from an accelerating charge, non-relativistic limit, linear motion, circular motion

27 28 29