Electricity and Magnetism I (PHYS*2330)
Code and section: PHYS*2330*01
Term: Fall 2017
Instructor: Eric Poisson
This course continues building the foundation in electricity and magnetism begun in the first year and is intended for students proceeding to advanced studies in the physical sciences. Topics include vector calculus, electric fields, potential, electric work and energy, Gauss’s Law, Poisson’s and Laplace’s equations, capacitors, D.C. circuits, transients and dielectric materials.
Class schedule and location
|Tuesday and Thursday||10:00am to 11:20am||Crop Science (CRSC) 116|
|Wednesdays (see schedule)||7:00pm to 8:50pm||MacKinnon (MCKN) 115|
Wednesday October 25, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, room TBA
Wednesday December 6, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The location of the final exam will be posted in due course.
Final exam weighting: 45% (Scheme A) or 55% (Scheme B). See below.
|Eric Poisson||MacNaughton 452||519-824-4120 firstname.lastname@example.org|
There are no official office hours. I will be generally available in my office. Please schedule an appointment if you have trouble finding me.
I am very much an informal guy, and I prefer to be addressed simply as “Eric”. I don’t appreciate being subjected to such pompous titles as Doctor, Professor, or His Gracious. My field of research is general relativity, including black holes and gravitational waves. For additional details, please consult my research web page.
Specific learning outcomes
After taking this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a mastery of Coulomb’s law for the electric field, and apply it to systems of point charges as well as line, surface, and volume distributions of charges.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relation between electric field and potential, exploit the potential to solve a variety of problems, and relate it to the potential energy of a charge distribution.
- Exploit alternative coordinate systems (cylindrical and spherical coordinates) to solve problems.
- Apply Gauss’s law of electrostatics to solve a variety of problems.
- Apply the tools of vector calculus, and demonstrate a working understanding of the divergence and curl of vector fields, as well as the divergence and curl integral theorems.
- Demonstrate an understanding of electric dipoles and the role of molecular dipoles in the electrostatic response of dielectrics.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the behaviour of electric conductors.
- Reformulate the laws of electrostatics in the form of Laplace’s or Poisson’s equations for the potential, and solve boundary-value problems.
- Demonstrate a working understanding of capacitors.
- David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, Fourth edition (Pearson, 2013)
- H.D. Young and R.A. Freedman, University Physics, 13th edition (Pearson, 2012)
The book by Griffiths is the same book that is used in PHYS*2340 (Electricity and Magnetism II). My lectures will follow the relevant sections of the book, and reading assignments will be given each week to ensure that you keep up with the material. The quizzes will provide even more incentive to keep up with the reading. The book by Young and Freedman is appropriate at the first-year level; you may want to refer to it from time to time.
Lecture, tutorial, and assignment schedule
The following table provides a rough guide of the material covered during each week of the semester, as well as key information regarding quizzes, tutorials, and assignments. All dates are tentative; check Courselink regularly to get the most updated information. Regular attendance at lectures and tutorials is the best way to ensure that you are up to date on the relevant course material.
|0: Sept 7||Introduction|
|1: Sept 12, 14||Electric field; line charge||Quiz: Electric field
|2: Sept 19, 21||Gradient; potential||Quiz: Potential
Tutorial: Wed Sept 20
|3: Sept 26, 28||Work and energy; polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinates||Quiz: Work
|4: Oct 3, 5||Coordinates (cont); potential and field calculations||Quiz: Field and potential
Assignment #1: due
10am, Tuesday Oct 3
Tutorial: Wed Oct 4
|5: Oct 10, 12
(no class on Oct 10)
|Potential and field calculations (cont)|
|6: Oct 17, 19||Gauss’s law||Quiz: Gauss’s law
Assignment #2: due
10am, Tuesday Oct 17
Tutorial: Wed Oct 18.
|7: Oct 24, 26||Gauss’s law (cont); divergence and curl||Midterm exam
Wednesday Oct 25, 7pm
|8: Oct 31, Nov 2||Equations of electrostatics; dipoles||Quiz: Divergence and curl|
|9: Nov 7, 9||Dipoles (cont); dielectrics||Quiz: Dipole
Assignment #3: due
10am, Tuesday Nov 7
Tutorial: Wed Nov 8
|10: Nov 14, 16||Conductors; boundary value problems||Quiz: Laplace and Poisson equations|
|11: Nov 21, 23||Method of images; capacitors||Quiz: Capacitance
Assignment #4: due
10 am, Tuesday Nov 21
Tutorial: Wed Nov 22
|12: Nov 28, 30||Capacitors (cont)|
There are no labs for this course.
Tutorials are held on alternating Wednesdays (see schedule above), from 7:00pm to 8:50pm, in MacKinnon 115.
The final mark for the course will be the highest of the two marks calculated under the following two schemes. No other marking schemes will be considered.
|Scheme||Quizzes||Assignments||Midterm Exam||Final Exam|
Quizzes will be posted on Courselink, each quiz appearing a few days prior to a specific deadline. Completion of these quizzes by the assigned deadline is mandatory, and the quizzes will be marked to provide 5% of the final mark.
A set of four homework assignments will also be made available on Courselink, to be returned before the assigned due date. A penalty will be applied to any late assignment, and no assignment will be accepted after the tutorial on the following Wednesday. Special arrangements for late submission must be made well ahead of time. Assignments provide 15% of the course’s final mark.
In marking scheme A, the midterm and final exams account for 35% and 45% of the final mark, respectively. In marking scheme B, the midterm and final exams account for 25% and 55% of the final mark, respectively.
Both midterm and final exams will be closed-book exams, meaning that you will not be allowed to consult your notes nor any other source of information. You will, however, be provided with a formula sheet. The formula sheet, as well as practice exams, will be made available on CourseLink. Calculators may be required; only non-programmable pocket calculators are permitted. Personal communication or entertainment devices (such as smart phones or MP3 players) are not permitted during the exams.
(Not) Working with other students
All work submitted for grading in this course must be each individual student’s own work. While students are encouraged to share thoughts and ideas prior to writing up solutions to homework assignments, it is not acceptable to share assignment solutions. The assignments are not group projects, and it is important that you do not show your final written solutions to other students.
Completing assignments is an essential part of your preparation toward midterm and final exams. A serious attempt to do the work yourself, independently of others, will provide you with a very good preparation. Relying too much on others to provide pieces of solutions will give you a very poor preparation.
One of the best sources of help is the course’s TA and tutorial instructor. You can also consult with Eric in his office. Do not wait too long before getting the help you need; it may be too late by then.
Each homework assignment will be submitted by you before class begins on the day the assignment is due. A penalty will be applied to any late assignment, and no assignment will be accepted after the tutorial on the following Wednesday. No partial credit will be given to unaccepted assignments.
Both midterm and final exams will be closed-book exams, meaning that you will not be allowed to consult your notes nor any other source of information. You will, however, be provided with a formula sheet. Calculators may be required; only non- programmable pocket calculators will be permitted. Personal communication or entertainment devices (such as smart phones or MP3 players) are not permitted during the exams.
Course policy on group work
All work submitted for grading in this course must be each individual student’s own work. While students are encouraged to share thoughts and ideas prior to writing up solutions of homework assignments, it is not acceptable to share assignment solutions. The assignments are not group projects, and it is important that you do not show your final written solutions to other students. Copying will not be tolerated, and evidence of copying will be considered under the Academic Misconduct section of this document (see below).
Course policy on electronic devices and recording of lectures
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Electronic recording of classes is expressly forbidden without consent of the instructor. When recordings are permitted they are solely for the use of the authorized student and may not be reproduced, or transmitted to others, without the express written consent of the instructor.
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