** ****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

edition.

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

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),

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 10^{th}.

Last lecture: Thursday April 25^{th}.

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.