This class is intended to give students
an introduction to the concepts and mathematics used
to describe electromagnetic phenomena. Physics topics usually
and electromagnetic waves.
Relativity and electromagmetism.
In addition, the class introduces
and uses the following mathematics:
including the curl, div, the Laplacian, Stoke's and Gauss'
Fourier series solutions
to partial differential equations.
including Legendre Polynomials, Bessel functions.
Experiments for this course are covered in Physics
Prerequisites: Physics 311.
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.
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
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.