P541 Electromagnetic Theory I
Syllabus , Spring 2012
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
We will attempt to cover
the first 11 chapters of
book. But in practice, perhaps we will only cover 8 or 9 of them.
I prefer that you learn very well a few topics, than learning
Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:40 to 1:55. Please arrive on time.
The room is Physics 306.
Instructor: Prof. Elbio Dagotto, firstname.lastname@example.org, office room 302
front of elevator, third floor),
Office hours: Mondays 2:15 to 3:15.
Schedule: First lecture: Thursday January 12th.
Last lecture: Thursday April 26th.
Total number of lectures: 29.
Spring break: M-F March 19 – 23.
Final exams: timing to be discussed (take home exam likely)
The official 2011-2012 calendar of UT can be found here.
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. Prepare sketches by hand of the solution you found, i.e.
analyze if the solution makes sense via special cases such as
Grader: Our grader this semester will be Lekhanath “Lekh” Poudel.
His office hours will be Tuesdays 2:20 to 3:30 PM (or any
time by appointment). His room number is 609 Nielsen,
and email is email@example.com .
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.
A “take-home-exam” format is possible. I will deliver
one less lecture per exam, to free some time for you to do
Grading: 50 points for exams (15 each midterm, 20 final);
40 points for homework; 10 for class participation.