P541 Electromagnetic Theory I

                              Syllabus , Spring 2013


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

                      John Wiley & Sons editors. Near the end of the semester,

                      some of the lectures on radiation will be given following

                      Introduction to Electrodynamics” by David J. Griffiths, third



                      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 Jackson’s

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

                      My preference is that you learn deeply a few topics, than

                      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), South College building.

                       Many students prefer email consultation: you can send emails

                       with comments/questions at any time.


Office hours:  Mondays 2:15 to 3:15.


Schedule:       First lecture:  Thursday January 10th.      

                      Last lecture:  Thursday April 25th.        

                      Total number of lectures: 29.

                      Spring break:  M-F March 25 – 29.

                      Final exams:  timing to be discussed (take home exam likely)

                      The official 2012-2013 calendar of UT can be found here.


Web page:     http://sces.phys.utk.edu/~dagotto/electromag/index2013.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 Mr. Eleftherios Moschandreou

                     His office hours will be Tuesdays  from 11:30 to 12:30PM (or other

                     times by special appointment). His room number is 217, Physics Bldg.

                     and email is emoschan@utk.edu  .


Exams:          There will be two ``midterm’’ take-home exams administered.

                      You will be notified at least one week in advance

                      of the precise day when the midterms will be given.

                      There will be a final exam, at a time and using a format

                      to be decided. A “take-home-exam” format for the final

                      is possible. I will deliver one less lecture per exam, to free

                      some time for you to work on the exam.


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

                      40 points for homework;  10 for class participation.