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
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
Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:40 to 1:55. Please arrive on time.
The room is Physics 306.
Instructor: Prof. Elbio Dagotto, email@example.com, office room 302
front of elevator, third floor),
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.