** ****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

problems.

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

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 12^{th}.

Last lecture: Thursday April 26^{th}.

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.

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

analyze
if the solution makes sense via special cases such as

asymptotic
behaviors.

**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 lpoudel@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.

A “take-home-exam”
format is possible. I will deliver

one
less lecture per exam, to free some time for you to do

the
work.

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

40 points for
homework; 10 for class participation.