** ****P541
Electromagnetic Theory I**

** Syllabus , Spring
2014**

**Instructor:** Prof. Elbio Dagotto, edagotto@utk.edu,
office room 302

(in front of elevator, third
floor),

** ****Form** for the students to fill the first day can be found here

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

Wiley & Sons editors. This is a book considered
``difficult’’ but

it is widely used in most Physics
Departments for this type of classes.

E&M from

must take and survive.

We will attempt to cover the first
11 chapters of

But in practice, perhaps we will
only cover 9 or 10 of them. My

preference is that you learn
deeply a few topics, than superficially many.

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. This book is
excellent and can provide a vey solid

foundation for our course since
there is a substantial overlap with

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. Or just
find integrals via Google

or using Mathematica. This class is
about physics, not math, thus

solving integrals should not be
our focus.

**Lectures:** Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:40 to 10:55.
Please arrive on time.

The room is Physics 306. The
lectures will appear in the web

page after being
delivered, but I encourage that you also take

notes to understand
better the context of the discussions.

**Office hours:** Mondays 2:15 to 3:15. Many students prefer
email consultation:

you can send emails with
comments/questions at any time. You can

also scan formulas that you may
struggle with and send them to me as a PDF.

**Schedule:** First lecture: Thursday January 9^{th}.

Last lecture: Thursday April 24^{th}.

Total number of lectures:
29.

Spring break: M-F March 17 – 21.

Final exam: take home
exam given to you the last week of class.

The official 2013-2014
calendar of UT can be found here.

**Web page:** http://sces.phys.utk.edu/~dagotto/electromag/index2014.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.

In the early stages of
setting up the solution of a HW problem,

I encourage discussion
among students. Often you only need a quick

tip to start. But then it
is expected that you solve all the problems

yourself.

It is crucial that you
present the homework, as well as the exams,

in a well-organized
manner, with framed results, sufficient detail of

the intermediate
steps, and a discussion of any
assumption you

may be making along the
way in finding the solution.

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

analyze if the solution
makes sense via special cases such as

asymptotic behaviors. No
need to save paper!

**Grader:** Our grader this semester will be **Mr. Deepak Sapkota.**

Office hours will be Wednesdays from
11:30 AM to 12:30 PM (or other

times by special
appointment). Grader’s room number is Room 217 of

the

**Exams:** There will be two ``midterm’’
take-home exams. You will be notified

at least one week in advance
of the precise day when the midterms

will be given. I will
deliver one less lecture per exam, to free some

time for you to work on the
exam and to allow for consultation if needed.

There will be a final exam,
in a “take-home-exam” format.

The problem exams will be
similar to the HW problems. Thus,

I advice that instead of
trying to solve additional problems of

(a very difficult task even
for the professor) that you instead focus

on understanding deeply the
HW problems and the problems

explained in the lectures.
In your solutions provide a lot of detail,

as recommended for the HW.

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

40 points for
homework; 10 for class participation.