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29::213 Classical Electrodynamics I Syllabus

#### Fall Semester 2000

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Instructor:
Prof. Yannick Meurice

#### Coordinates

- Office:514 VAN
- Phone:335-1991
- Email:yannick-meurice@uiowa.edu
- Web page:http://www-hep.physics.uiowa.edu/~meurice or link from
http://www.physics.uiowa.edu/
- Lectures: MWF 2:30-3:20 PM in Lecture Room 53 in the Van Allen Building.
- Office Hours: Mondays 1:15-2:15 PM and Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 .
Feel free to
schedule appointments at other times.

#### Course Content

Maxwell's Equations, Electrostatics, Magnetostatics and Electromagnetic Waves.
(Approximately the first 7 chapters of Jackson's book).
This is a lot of material. The completion of this goal requires an efficient
use of the class time.
#### Prerequisites

The students taking 29:213 are assumed to be familiar with classical
electrodynamics at an undergraduate level,
in particular with Maxwell's equations and basic vector calculus
(e.g. as presented in the very good textbook of D. Griffiths
"Introduction to
Electrodynamics").
#### Textbooks

The main textbook (abbreviated as J.) is :
J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics; 3rd Edition, Wiley.
I will do my best to follow the notations and the terminology used
in this textbook. I will also use Feynman's lectures vol. 2 and
J. Schwinger's Classical Electrodynamics. All these books are on
reserve at the Physics Library.
#### Units

The "official" units for the course are the SI units (MKSA).
See Appendix in J. .
#### Homeworks and Reading Assignment

Readings, short derivations and problems will be assigned each Wednesday.
Short derivations are straightforward calculations that I do not intend
to do during class time. They are not collected, but they are exam material.
Of the order of five problems (usually from J.) are assigned each week.
They will be collected and graded. They are due by Tuesday 1:00 PM the
week after they are assigned. Use the first page of the homework
(or send me an e-mail) to
request a discussion in the Wednesday's
class of a particular problem or of a short
derivation.

I consider the problems as one of the most important part
of the course.
They are an excellent preparation for the qualifying exam.
Please do not use existing solutions, it will
spoil the important experience of finding it by yourself step by step.
Students are encouraged to discuss the questions among
themselves, however the handed homework should reflect accurately the
individual understandings of the questions.
Homeworks will be posted at
http://www-hep.physics.uiowa.edu/~meurice/ced100/homeworks.html .
The students should be prepared to spend
3 hours doing
exercises and reading for each hour spent in the classroom.

#### Examinations and Final Grade

Two midterm exams will be given approximately after the first and second
third of the semester. I usually divide them into two parts: "basic" (closed
book) and "applications" (open book). The final exam is
comprehensive and closed book.
The final grade will be based on homeworks (20 percent), midterms (50 percent)
and the final exam (30 percent).
#### Class Attendance

Attendance at lectures is highly recommended but not required.
You are strongly encouraged to ask questions during the lectures.
There are no ``stupid questions''.
#### Complaint Procedures

You should feel free to express any dissatisfaction regarding the
course to me.
``Academic Misconduct'' and ``Student
Complaints Concerning Faculty Actions'' procedures are available for your
review in the Schedule of Courses, pp. 43-44. The Department
Chairman, Prof. W. Polyzou, can be contacted through the Main Office 203
VAN. As stated in the procedures noted above, complaints or comments
regarding TAs should first be directed to the instructor.
#### Students with Disabilities

Any student who
has a disability which may require some modification of seating,
testing or other class
requirements should see me after the class or
at a more convenient time so that appropriate arrangements can be made.