Course: PHYS 530B Graduate Electrodynamics II

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Heidi Fearn


Notes will be handed out in class. I am recommending the standard graduate text by J. D. Jackson Classical Electrodynamics 2nd edition. You may also find I would recommend you use the library for other books by, Stratton, Panofsky and Phillips, Smythe, etc.

Simple books, Griffiths Introduction to Electrodynamcis, 2nd edition, and Heald and Marion, Classical Electromagnetioc theory.


There will be one midterm and a final exam, the midterm is worth 30% and the final worth 50%. I will also give an oral exam of 1 hour duration which will be worth 20% of the total grade. This oral will be held in finals week. This will give you the opportunity to show me what you have learned without having to sit through an exam. This will be a one--on--one oral, no other students/professors present. You will give me a presenatation (in my office) of ANYTHING you liked in the course. You will be expected to write on the board without the aid of notes etc and answer simple questions. I will ask what topic you will cover in this oral on the last day of class.. you will be reminded ofthis near the end of the course.

Problems will be assigned on a regular basis and will be taken from the book and hand out problems. Each assignment will be given to you in xerox form. I will NOT grade these problems and I DO NOT expect them to be handed in. Instead I will put aside a lecture every 2 weeks to go over problems in class. I will pick on students at random to present their calculations on the board in front of the class, so I recommend you try the problems in advance!!


The first 2 or 3 lectures will be a review of the radiation work you completed in 530A. We will then continue to work through Griffiths and finish that book. Then we will go through the second half of Jacksons book starting with chapter 8 and 9. From time to time I will give out research papers in class to have a look at and work through.