Course Syllabus

Electromagnetism I    Fall 2021 (F2F Class)

CLASS TIME & PLACE:  M,W, & F  Period 8 (3:00– 3:50 PM) in NPB #1002

Instructor: Yoonseok Lee

Office: NPB #2233


Office Hours:
W & F 9th P.  But feel free to arrange a meeting by email outside of the set office hours. 

TEXTBOOK: Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th Ed (Cambridge University Press) by David J. Griffith

REFERENCES: Feynman Lectures on Physics Vol. 2 (Pearson Addison Wesley)

PREQUISITES: PHY 2049 or 2061 and MAP 2302 or equivalent

This is the first course of Electrodynamics.  This course covers the time-independent part of electrodynamics: electrostatics and magnetostatics up to Ch. 6 of the text.  The main concepts have already been discussed in PHY 2049 or 2061.  In the introductory level course, emphasis is placed on applying these concepts to the explanation of real world phenomena and modern technology development. In this course we will revisit the concepts using more elegant and powerful mathematical tools and expand the application with more realistic situations.     

It is expected that students are comfortable with calculus I and II: vector calculus,  differentiation, integration, and trigonometry. Students should also be able to solve ordinary differential equations and will be gaining knowledge on geometry of space, multi-variable calculus, partial derivatives, line and surface integral.  It is also expected that students read textbook chapters thoroughly at least once preferably before the class and review lecture notes timely.  Students should work on HW problems diligently.  On average 6 - 8 hours per week of full attention on this course (outside of the classes) would be required. 

CANVAS: All the material and announcements for this course will be posted on the course's Canvas website.  This includes the syllabus, a course calendar, and HW's.  You can log directly into this course at

COVID-19 SITUATION  COVID-19 cases are surging in Florida and nation wide.  For your own  as well as other students' health and safety, all students are encouraged to wear masks during the class.  The instructor will wear a mask during the lecture, too.  

Homework     HW problems will be assigned for each lesson but will not be graded.  HW solutions will be distributed through e-mail on a regular base.   There will be problem-solving sessions planned outside the regular class hours through ZOOM which will be recorded (see the course schedule).  Selected HW problems will be tested in the exams. 

Research Paper   Students will choose one paper from a pool of suggested papers.  After thorough reading, each student will submit a report which summarizes the motivation and main conclusion with important steps of calculations and computations.  If it involves computation, the report should include student's own computation results (not a copy of the figure in the paper).  The length of paper should be less than 6 pages, roughly less than 1500 words (double spacing, 11 pt font).  The paper should be uploaded in PDF on CANVAS.

Exams    There will be total 6 exams (5 mid-term and 1 final).  Exam [n] tests mainly the content of Module [n] but the final exam is a comprehensive test.  Please check the Course Calendar for the exam time and date.

Policy on missed Exam and Make-up exam:
Consistent with university policies that can be found at

Only one make-up exam will be provided near the end of the semester.  The make-up exam will be a comprehensive test which covers the materials up to Exam 4.

Composition of Grade (Total 100)


14 each for mid-term exams (total 70)

Final Project


Final Exam


Projected Grading Scale*

Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ E
G. Pt. 4.0 3.67 3.33 3.0 2.67 2.33 2.0 1.67 1.33 0
Score >= 90 >= 85 >=75 >= 70 >= 65 >= 60 >= 55 >= 50 >= 45  

*The passing grade for Physics majors is C and above. 

STUDENTS with DISABILITIES: Students who require accommodation for disabilities must first contact the Dean of Students Office. That office will provide documentation, which the student must bring to his/her instructors during the first week of the semester. Contact the Disability Resources Center for information about available resources for students with disabilities.

COUNSELING and MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES: Student facing difficulties completing the course or in need of counseling should call the on-campus Counseling and Wellness Center at (352) 392 1575.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Each student is expected to hold himself/herself to a high standard of academic honesty. Under the UF academic honesty policy, unauthorized assistance or the use of unauthorized resources is strictly forbidden on work-for-credit. Although discussions among the students are highly encouraged, you are to work alone on all homework assignments unless specified differently. Fabrication or falsification of excuses or related documentation is also a violation of the UF academic honesty policy.  Violations of this policy will be dealt with severely. There will be no warnings or exceptions.

ONLINE COURSE EVALUATION: Students are expected to provide professional and respectful feedback on the quality of instruction in this course by completing course evaluations online via GatorEvals. Guidance on how to give feedback in a professional and respectful manner is available at Students will be notified when the evaluation period opens, and can complete evaluations through the email they receive from GatorEvals, in their Canvas course menu under GatorEvals, or via Summaries of course evaluation results are available to students at

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION STATEMENT:  Physics is practiced and advanced by a scientific community of individuals with diverse backgrounds and identities and is open and welcoming to everyone. The instructional team recognizes the value in diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of this course. This includes, but is not limited to differences in race, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religion and disability. Students may have opportunities to work together in this course. We expect respectful student collaborations such as attentive listening and responding to the contributions of all teammates.  

Physics, like all human endeavors, is something that is learned. Our aim is to foster an atmosphere of learning that is based on inclusion, transparency and respect for all participants.  We acknowledge the different needs and perspectives we bring to our common learning space and strive to provide everyone with equal access. All students meeting the course prerequisites belong here and are well positioned for success.