** ****P541
Electromagnetic Theory I**

** Syllabus , Spring 2011**

**Text:** “*Classical Electrodynamics*” by J.
D. Jackson, third edition,

John
Wiley & Sons editors. You may also need a table of

functions
and table of integrals (such as “*Table
of Integrals,*

* Series, and Products*”, fifth edition, I. S. Gradshteyn
et al.,

editors,
Academic Press) to solve some of the homework

problems.

We will attempt to cover
the first 10 chapters of

book.
But in practice, perhaps we will only cover 8 or 9.

I prefer that you learn
very well a few topics, than learning

superficially
many.

**Lectures:** Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:40 to 1:55.
Please arrive on time.

The room is Physics 306.

**Instructor:** Prof. Elbio Dagotto, edagotto@utk.edu,
office room 302

(in
front of elevator, third floor),

**Office hours:** Mondays 2:15 to 3:15.

**Schedule:** First lecture: Thursday January 13^{th}.

Last lecture: Thursday April 28^{th}.

Total number of lectures:
29.

Spring break: M-F March 14 – 18.

Final exams: timing to be discussed.

The official 2010-2011 calendar of UT can be
found here.

**Web page:** http://sces.phys.utk.edu/~dagotto/electromag/index.htm

**Homework:** Due on Thursday at the beginning of class,
following assignment

on previous Thursday. The
assignments will be listed in the web

page. The homework will
be graded by a grader and return to you.

Each problem set will be
graded on a scale from 0 to 10.

The homework grade will be
normalized to 40 points at the end

of the semester.
Solutions to all homework problems will be

available
in the webpage after the deadline.

I will be very reluctant
to accept excuses for returning the

homework
late, since you will always be given a full week of

time.
But if a real emergency arises, I will understand.

It is crucial that you
present the homework in a well-organized

manner,
with framed results and a detail of the intermediate steps,

and
of any assumption you may be making along the way in the

solution.
Make sketches by hand of the solution you found, i.e.

think
if the solution makes sense via special cases such as

asymptotic
behaviors.

**Grader:** Our grader this semester will be **Paul Drazba**.
His office hours

will
be Tuesdays 11 AM to 12:30 PM. His room number is

603 Nielsen,
and email is pdrazba@utk.edu .

**Exams:** There will be two
``midterm’’ exams administered during

class time. You will be
notified at least one week in advance

of when the midterms will
take place. And there will be a

final exam, at a time and
using a format to be decided.

**Grading:** 50 points for exams (15 each midterm, 20
final);

40 points for
homework; 10 for class participation.