Advanced Electromagnetic Theory (PHYS*4180)

Code and section: PHYS*4180*01

Term: Fall 2009

Instructor: Edward Thommes


Course Information


Lecturer Office Extension Email
Edward Thommes MacN 550 53034


Day Time Location
MWF 11:30-12:20 MACN 118

Course Materials

Textbook: Pollack & Stump, Electromagnetism, Addison Wesley 2002

Course Website: For announcements, supplementary materials, solutions to past assignments, etc. Link on my page,

Course Content

  • Review of vector calculus (Chp. 2)
  • Electrostatics (Chp. 3): review; Green’s function; multipole expansion
  • Electric currents (Chp. 7): review
  • Magnetostatics (Chp. 8): review; vector potential; magnetic dipole
  • Electromagnetic induction (Chp. 10): review
  • Maxwell’s Equations (Chp. 11): displacement current, scalar and vector potentials,
    Maxwell’s equations in matter, energy and momentum of EM fields, EM waves in vacuum
  • Applications - Some or all of the following:
    – Wave guides and transmission lines (Chp. 14)
    – Generation of EM waves (Chp 15)
    – EM in astrophysics

Course Evaluation

Assessment Weight
Assignments 30%
Midterm exam 20%
Final exam 50%

Homework Assignments

Approximately one every two weeks, for a total of 5. The best 4 out of 5 will be used to calculate your mark.

Important Dates

Midterm: October 16, in class
Final Exam: Thurs. Dec. 17, 11:30am - 1:30pm, Room TBA