Course Syllabus

Graduate Electrodynamics 1

PHY6346-3917(17877)

Class Periods: MWF Period 8 (3:00-3:50pm)

Location: NPB1101

Academic Term: Fall 2022

Instructor:

  • Richard Woodard, NPB 2065
  • woodard@phys.ufl.edu
  • +1-352-392-8744
  • Office Hours: F9 (4:05-4:55pm) and S6 (12:50-1:40pm)

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Course Description: PHY 6346 Graduate Electrodynamics 1, 3 Credits, Letter Grade

Electrostatics, special function expansions, magnetostatics, linear media, time dependent Maxwell theory, wave propagation and dispersion, diffraction, radiation, applications.

Course Pre-Requisites (if you are not a physics graduate student)

  • PHY3323 and PHY4324 - Undergraduate Electromagnetism

Course Objectives

The point of this course is not to study new electrodynamical systems, although that may happen in some cases. It is rather to make the passage from undergraduate to graduate analysis, to embed classical electrodynamics within the powerful framework of fundamental theory, and to understand electrodynamics as humanity's first relativistic, unified field theory. This will be accomplished by:

  • Exploiting the power of dimensional analysis.
  • Using vector differential operators.
  • Understanding how to transform between Cartesian, Cylindrical and Spherical coordinates.
  • Using the Dirac delta function to represent the charge and current densities of point charges.
  • Seeing that the derivative of a step function is a delta function.
  • Using Green's functions to solve differential equations for arbitrary sources.
  • Using indicial tensor manipulation in which a tensor is considered as a function of its indices.
  • Using the Levi-Civita symbol to describe the BAC-CAB rule.
  • Understanding the physical origin of polarization and magnetization.
  • Understanding electromagnetic boundary conditions on surfaces.
  • Distinguishing the dynamical Maxwell equations from those which follow from the use of potentials.
  • Understanding the restrictions imposed on fundamental theory by symmetry and stability.

Required Text

  • Classical Electrodynamics
  • J. D. Jackson
  • 3rd Edition, 1998
  • ISBN 10:047130932X

Course Schedule

  • Day 1 (Aug. 24) Introductory comments.
  • Day 2 (Aug. 26) Sections 1.1 - 1.4 in Jackson.
  • Homework #1 due by 6pm on Aug. 28
  • Day 3 (Aug. 29) Sections 1.5 - 1.10 in Jackson.
  • Day 4 (Aug. 31) Sections 1.11 - 1.13 in Jackson.
  • Day 5 (Sept. 2) Sections 2.1 - 2.4 in Jackson.
  • Labor Day Holiday (Sept. 5)
  • Homework #2 due by 6pm on Sept. 6
  • Day 6 (Sept. 7) Sections 2.5 - 2.7 in Jackson.
  • Day 7 (Sept. 9) Sections 2.8 - 2.9 in Jackson.
  • Homework #3 due by 6pm on Sept. 11
  • Day 8 (Sept. 12) Sections 2.10 - 2.11 in Jackson.
  • Day 9 (Sept. 14) Section 2.12 in Jackson.
  • Day 10 (Sept. 16) Sections 3.1 - 3.3 in Jackson.
  • Homework #4 due by 6pm on Sept. 18
  • Day 11 (Sept. 19) Sections 3.4 - 3.6 in Jackson.
  • Day 12 (Sept. 21) Sections 3.7 - 3.8 in Jackson.
  • Day 13 (Sept. 23) Sections 3.9 - 3.10 in Jackson.
  • Homework #5 due by 6pm on Sept. 25
  • Day 14 (Sept. 26) Sections 3.11 - 3.13 in Jackson.
  • Day 15 (Sept. 28) Sections 4.1 - 4.2 in Jackson.
  • Day 16 (Sept. 30) Sections 4.3 - 4.4 in Jackson.
  • Homework #6 due by 6pm on Oct. 2
  • Day 17 (Oct. 3) Sections 4.5 - 4.6 in Jackson.
  • Day 18 (Oct. 5) Section 4.7 in Jackson.
  • UF Homecoming Holiday (Oct. 7)
  • Homework #7 due by 6pm on Oct. 9
  • Day 19 (Oct. 10) Review for Exam #1
  • Exam #1 (Chapters 1-4) 7:20-10:10pm on Oct. 10
  • Day 20 (Oct. 12) Go over Exam #1.
  • Day 21 (Oct. 14) Special lecture on tensors.
  • Homework #8 due by 6pm on Oct. 16
  • Day 22 (Oct.17) Sections 5.1 - 5.2 in Jackson.
  • Day 23 (Oct. 19) Sections 5.3 - 5.5 in Jackson.
  • Day 24 (Oct. 21) Sections 5.6 - 5.7 in Jackson.
  • Homework #9 due by 6pm on Oct. 23 
  • Day 25 (Oct. 24) Sections 5.8 - 5.9 in Jackson.
  • Day 26 (Oct. 26) Sections 5.10 - 5.11 in Jackson.
  • Day 27 (Oct. 28) Sections 5.12 - 5.14 in Jackson.
  • Homework #10 due by 6pm on Oct. 30
  • Day 28 (Oct. 31) Sections 5.15 - 5.16 in Jackson.
  • Day 29 (Nov. 2) Sections 5.17 - 5.18 in Jackson.
  • Day 30 (Nov. 4) Sections 6.1 - 6.4 in Jackson.
  • United States changes to Standard Time at 2am on Nov. 6
  • Homework #11 due by 6pm on Nov. 6
  • Day 31 (Nov. 7) Section 6.5 in Jackson.
  • Day 32 (Nov. 9) Section 6.6 in Jackson.
  • Veteran's Day Holiday (Nov. 11)
  • Homework #12 due by 6pm on Nov. 13
  • Day 33 (Nov. 14) Sections 6.7 - 6.9 in Jackson. 
  • Day 34 (Nov. 16) Sections 6.10 - 6.13 in Jackson.
  • Day 35 (Nov. 18) Sections Embedding of relativity in electromagnetism.
  • Homework #13 due by 6pm on Nov. 20
  • Day 36 (Nov. 21) Sections 7.1 - 7.4 in Jackson.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday (Nov. 23)
  • Thanksgiving Holiday (Nov. 25)
  • Day 37 (Nov. 28) Sections 7.3 - 7.4 in Jackson.
  • Day 38 (Nov. 30) Sections 7.5 - 7.9 in Jackson
  • Day 39 (Dec. 2) Sections 7.10 - 7.11 in Jackson.
  • Homework #14 due by 6pm on Dec. 4
  • Day 40 (Dec. 5) Review for Exam #2.
  • Exam #2 (Chapters 5-7) 7:20-10:10pm on Dec. 5
  • Day 41 (Dec. 7) Discuss Exam #2 & Final Grades

Attendance Policy, Class Expectations, and Make-Up Policy

Students are expected to attend lectures but attendance will not be taken, nor is there any penalty for absence. Class notes will be posted under ``Files''. Homework will be assigned weekly, due on Sundays by 6pm and returned in class on Mondays. There will be two exams, 7:20-10:10pm on Mondays, on Oct. 10 and Dec. 5. Excusing missed assignments must be consistent with university policies in the Graduate Catalog (Link) and will require appropriate documentation.

Evaluation of Grades

Assignment Total Points Percentage of Final Grade
Homework Sets (14) 15 each 30%
Exams (2) 245 each 70%
Totals 700 100%

Grading Policy (Grade cutoffs may be lowered but they will not be raised)

Percent Points
Grade Grade Points
85 - 100 595 - 700 A 4.00
80 - 85 560 - 595 A- 3.67
75 - 80 525 - 560 B+ 3.33
70 - 75 490 - 525 B 3.00
65 - 70 455 - 490 B- 2.67
60 - 65 420 - 455 C+ 2.33
55 - 60 385 - 420 C 2.00
50 - 55 350 - 385 C- 1.67
45 - 50 315 - 350 D+ 1.33
40 - 45 280 - 315 D 1.00
35 - 40 245 - 280 D- 0.67
  0 - 35     0 - 245 E 0.00

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