Advanced Electromagnetic Theory (PHYS*4180)

Code and section: PHYS*4180*01

Term: Fall 2010

Instructor: Jim Davis


Course Information


We will begin with a brief review of/introduction to Maxwell’s Equations and the multipole expansion of the scalar and vector potentials. Our eventual goal
is to complete the material in Griffiths, starting with the discussion of the conservation of energy, momentum and angular momentum from chapter 8. We
will then continue with the discussion of the propagation of waves, waveguides, the use of potentials in electrodynamics, radiation and electrodynamics and relativity.


Lecturer Extension Email
Jim Davis 53909

Office hours

Rm. NSC 1243, Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30 to 3:50 PM, but I am generally available any afternoon, especially before exams.

Course Materials

Textbook: Introduction to Electrodynamics, Third Edition, D. J. Griffiths, Prentice Hall


Day Time Location
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11:30 AM MacN 118

Important Dates

Final Exam: Dec. 6, 2010 location TBA TBA

Course Evaluation

Assessment Weight
Problem assignments
There will be a problem assignment every second week.
Mid-Term exam 30%
Final Exam 50%

(Problem assignments will be due Monday morning, there will be a penalty for late assignments. Problem solutions will be posted on Monday afternoons, so no problem assignments will be accepted after that time).

Course Materials

The following are useful reference books.

  • Electromagnetic Fields by R. K. Wangsness, John Wiley. This books is at a level comparable to Griffiths but offers a slightly different perspective.
  • Classical Electrodynamics by J. D. Jackson, John Wiley. This book is significantly more advanced and is widely used in graduate level courses in E and M.