Physics 322: Electromagnetic Fields
Topics Covered
This class is intended to give students an introduction to the concepts and mathematics used to describe electromagnetic phenomena. Physics topics usually covered include:
Prerequisites

 Electrostatic fields capacitance

 Multipole expansions

 dielectric theory

 magnetostatics

 electromagnetic induction

 magnetic properties of matter

 Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic waves

 relativity and electromagmetism.
 In addition, the class introduces and uses the following mathematics:

 Vector calculus, including the curl, div, the Laplacian, Stoke's and Gauss' theorems.

 Fourier series solutions to partial differential equations

 Special functions, including Legendre Polynomials, Bessel functions
Standard Texts
Foundations of Electromagnetic Theory, Reitz, Milford and Christie (1971). Introduction to Electrodynamics. D.J. Griffiths, Prentice Hall, 1999 (3rd ed.) Classical Electromagnetic Radiation, Heald and Marion,(3rd ed.) Electromagnetic Fields, Wangsness.Overview
This course is an intermediate undergraduate level course in classical electromagnetic theory. The major topics for Physics 322 include electrostatics, magnetostatics, electromagnetic induction, and an introduction electromagnetic waves. The main goal of the class is to introduce the students to the language and mathematical techniques used for solving problems of electromagnetic theory; it also prepares the students for advanced coursework in the physics sequence including optics, statistical physics and quantum mechanics, and also for advanced topical classes such as plasma physics, condensed matter physics. This course is the first physics course in the undergraduate sequence to heavily use vector calculus for solving problems. As such, it is useful to have taken or be concurrently taking Math 321 and Math 322. This class also is the first time that partial differential equations (Laplace's Equation) are solved systematically. Traditionally, the course is taught with three lectures per week and a weekly problem session.