Physics 415: Electromagnetic Theory I
Prof. S. Teitel ----- Fall 2002

Lecture Notes

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  • Lecture 0 - A brief history of electromagnetism

  • Lecture 1 - From Coulomb to Maxwell, part I - Electrostatics: Coulomb's law, electric field, charge density, Gauss' law

  • Lecture 2 - From Coulomb to Maxwell, part II - Magnetostatics: Lorentz force, Biot-Savart law, magnetic field, current density, local charge conservation, Ampere's law; Dynamics: Faraday's law, Maxwell's correction to Ampere's law, Maxwell's equations, systems of units

  • Lecture 3 - Electromagnetic potentials: scalar and vector potentials for statics and dynamics, gauge invarience, Lorentz gauge, Coulomb gauge

  • Lecture 4 - Electrostatics: solving Poisson's equation for simple geometries, conductors in electrostatics, behavior at surface charge layers

  • Lecture 5 - Boundary value problem for Poisson's equation, uniqueness, Green functions

  • Lecture 6 - Image charge method

  • Lecture 7 - Separation of variables method: rectangular and polar coordinates

  • Lecture 8 - Separation of variables continued: spherical coordinates

  • Lecture 9 - Multipole expansion for the electrostatic potential

  • Lecture 10 - Eigenfunction expansion for the Green function

  • Lecture 11 - Magnetostatics: the magnetic dipole approximation

  • Lecture 12 - The magnetic scalar potential: boundary value problems in magnetostatics; parity and pseudovectors

  • Lecture 13 - Macroscopic Maxwell's equations: dielectric materials

  • Lecture 14 - Macroscopic Maxwell's equations: magnetic materials

  • Lecture 15 - Macroscopic Maxwell equations: properties of bound charge and current, boundary conditions, linear materials, Clausius-Mossotti equation

  • Lecture 16 - Macroscopic Maxwell equations: linear materials - examples; magnetostatics of bar magnets

  • Lecture 17 - Electromagnetic field energy and momentum: Poynting's vector and the Maxwell stress tensor

  • Lecture 18 - Odds and ends: capacitance and inductance; force, torque and energy of electric and magnetic dipoles

  • Lecture 19 - Electromagnetic waves in a vacuum

  • Lecture 20 - Electromagnetic waves in a dielectric

  • Lecture 21 - Electromagnetic waves in a conductor; polarization

  • Lecture 22 - Reflection and transmission of waves at interfaces

  • Lecture 23 - Green's function for the inhomogeneous wave equation; Lienard-Wiechert Potentials for a moving charge

  • Lecture 24 - Radiation from an oscillating source; electric dipole, magnetic dipole, and electric quadrapole terms

  • Lecture 25 - Radiation from a source with general time dependence; radiation from a moving point charge; Larmor's formula

  • Lecture 26 - Electrodynamics and special relativity

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