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PHY 415: Electromagnetic Theory I
Prof. S. Teitel stte@pas.rochester.edu ---- Fall 2013


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Labor Day


classes begin


lecture 1

Coulombs law, the electric field, differential and integral form of Maxwell's equations for electrostatics

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lecture 2

Lorentz force, the magnetic field, Biot-Savart law, current density, charge conservation and the definition of magnetostatics, Maxwell's equations for magnetostatics

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lecture 3

Faraday's Law, Maxwell's correction to Ampere's Law, EM waves, systems of units, scalar and vector potentials, gauge invariance, Lorentz gauge

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lecture 4

Coulomb gauge, Longitudinal and transverse parts of a vector function, review of Fourier transforms

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lecture 5

Physical meaning of the electrostatic potential, Green's function, conductors in electrostatics, Coulomb problem as a boundary value problem, electric field at a charged surface, Dirichlet vs Neumann boundary condition

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lecture 6

Examples, Green's identities and uniqueness, the image charge method for a charge in front of an infinite plane


Green's function for Dirichlet and Neumann boundary conditions

HW 1 due

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lecture 7

Image charges continued, charge in front of a conducting sphere

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lecture 8

Separation of variables method in rectangular and polar coordinates