Electricity and Magnetism II (PHYS*2340)

Code and section: PHYS*2340*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Joanne O'Meara


Course Information


Joanne O’Meara

Teaching Assistant

Michael Lahaye        


Tuesday, Thursdays     
10 to 11:20 am        
Zoom links are provided through Courselink


7:00 to 8:50 pm
Zoom links are provided through Courselink   

Computational lab

12:00 to 12:50 pm
Zoom links are provided through Courselink

The Purpose of this Course

This course is a continuation of fundamentals of Electricity and Magnetism I, PHYS 2330.  The principal aim of this course is to continue building the foundation of classical physics that students need in their progress toward the frontier of modern physics research.  The second aim of this course is to strengthen the problem-solving skills of students, which will be invaluable regardless of their future career path.  This course is focused on the extension of electromagnetic theory to magnetism, the understanding of the transient response of passive circuits, and the solution of alternating current circuit problems.  We will finish the course with a discussion of Maxwell’s equations.

Required Materials

Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th Edition, D. J. Griffiths

Highly Recommended

University Physics by H.D. Young and R. A. Freedman – your text from IPS*1500/1510


Assessment Weight
Reading Quizzes (~15)  15%
Weekly Assignments (~10) 40%
Final Assessment 45%

Given the current situation with COVID19, this will be a semester like no other. We will be working entirely online, which is a new experience for us all. My plan is to have small, frequent assessments to keep us all on track and communicating, as this will be more challenging without face-to-face interactions. I will not be requiring you to do a midterm or final exam in a proctored fashion. Instead, I am adapting my typical assessment approach to something more appropriate to our current reality. My guiding principles throughout this unusual semester are:

  1. Stay connected
  2. Be flexible
  3. Be kind

The reading quizzes will be connected to our ‘live’ sessions and will consist of ~5 questions each on Courselink. These quizzes are designed to confirm that you did indeed read the notes prepared for you in advance. As such, they are merely checking that you have completed the reading, not necessarily that you fully understood the reading. The weekly assignments will be a mix of mathematical problem solving, data analysis, and computational problem solving.

(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, it is not acceptable to share assignment solutions.  The reading quizzes and assignments are not group projects unless explicitly stated otherwise by the instructor.


The tutorial time (Tuesday 7 to 8:50 pm) will be used as an open opportunity to ask questions on the materials – lecture notes/problems, reading quizzes, assignments, etc. If you would like help from either the instructor or teaching assistant at another time, please contact by email to arrange. Short questions may be manageable in our Zoom sessions just before we begin lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well.

Schedule for the Semester

Week Dates Material Covered in Lecture Tutorial/Assignments
1 Jan 11 to 15
(Lectures 1 & 2) 
Current, current density, resistivity, conductivity  No tutorial or assignment
Jan 18 to 22
(Lectures 3 & 4)
DC circuits review, Kirchhoff’s Laws, Thévenin theorem Tutorials begin – Tues Jan 19
3 Jan 25 to 29
(Lectures 5 & 6) 
Magnetic fields, Biot-Savart equation Assn #1 due (Wed Jan 27)
Tutorial – Tues Jan 26
4 Feb 1 to 5
(Lectures 7 & 8)
Motion of charged particles in fields, Ampere’s Law Assn #2 due (Wed Feb 3)
Tutorial – Tues Feb 2
5 Feb 8 to 12
(Lectures 9 & 10)
Induction, Faraday’s law, inductors Assn #3 due (Wed Feb 10)
Tutorial – Tues Feb 9
  Feb 15 to 19 READING WEEK – no live sessions No tutorial or assignment
6 Feb 22 to 26
(Lectures 11 & 12)
Mutual inductance, energy stored in magnetic fields Assn #4 due (Wed Feb 24)
Tutorial – Tues Feb 23
7 Mar 1 to 5
(Lectures 13 & 14) 
Transients in circuits, AC circuits intro Assn #5 due (Wed Mar 3)
Tutorial – Tues Mar 2
8 Mar 8 to 12
(Lectures 15 & 16)
AC circuits continued: resonance circuits, filter circuits Assn #6 due (Wed Mar 10)
Tutorial – Tues Mar 9
9 Mar 15 to 19
(Lectures 17 & 18)
Magnetic materials Assn #7 due (Wed Mar 17)
Tutorial – Tues Mar 16
10 Mar 22 to 26
(Lectures 19 & 20)
 Displacement current & Maxwell’s equations Assn #8 due (Wed Mar 24)
Tutorial – Tues Mar 23
11  Mar 29 to Apr 2
(Lectures 21 & 22)
Maxwell’s equations, EM waves  Assn #9 due (Wed Mar 31)
Tutorial – Tues Mar 30
12 Apr 5 to 9
(Lectures 23 & 24) 
EM waves, Review Assn #10 due (Wed Apr 7)
Tutorial – Tues Apr 6
    Final Assessment Due Wednesday April 21st  

The information in the table above is provided as a rough guide in terms of the schedule of material covered during the term.  Regular attendance at lectures and tutorials is the best way to ensure that you are up to date on the relevant course material.  The indicated weeks in which assignments will be due are also tentative.  Assignments will be posted on the course website, along with the associated due dates.  Check Courselink regularly to stay informed. 

Course Policies

Academic Misconduct 

The University of Guelph is committed to upholding the highest standards of academic integrity and it is the responsibility of all members of the University community, faculty, staff, and students to be aware of what constitutes academic misconduct and to do as much as possible to prevent academic offences from occurring. 

University of Guelph students have the responsibility of abiding by the University's policy on academic misconduct regardless of their location of study; faculty, staff and students have the responsibility of supporting an environment that discourages misconduct. Students need to remain aware that instructors have access to and the right to use electronic and other means of detection. 
Please note: whether or not a student intended to commit academic misconduct is not relevant for a finding of guilt. Hurried or careless submission of assignments does not excuse students from responsibility for verifying the academic integrity of their work before submitting it. Students who are in any doubt as to whether an action on their part could be construed as an academic offence should consult with a faculty member or faculty advisor. 

The Academic Misconduct Policy is detailed in the Undergraduate Calendar. 

A helpful resource in understanding academic misconduct and plagiarism can be found at: plagiarism.org 


In this course, your instructor will use Turnitin, integrated with the CourseLink Dropbox tool, to detect possible plagiarism, unauthorized collaboration or copying as part of the ongoing efforts to maintain academic integrity at the University of Guelph. All submitted assignments will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the Usage Policy posted on the Turnitin.com site. 

A major benefit of using Turnitin is that students will be able to educate and empower themselves in preventing academic misconduct. In this course, you may screen your own assignments through Turnitin as many times as you wish before the due date. You will be able to see and print reports that show you exactly where you have properly and improperly referenced the outside sources and materials in your assignment. 

Copyright Protections of Intellectual Property

Presentations that are made in relation to course work—including lectures and tutorials —cannot be recorded or copied without the permission of the presenter, whether the instructor, a classmate or guest lecturer. Material recorded with permission is restricted to use for that course unless further permission is granted. 

Classroom teaching and learning activities, including lectures, discussions, presentations, etc., by both instructors and students, are copyright protected and remain the intellectual property of their respective author(s). All course materials, including PowerPoint presentations, outlines, lecture notes, reading quizzes, assignments, assessments and other materials, are also protected by copyright and remain the intellectual property of their respective author(s).
Students registered in the course may take notes and make copies of course materials for their own educational use only. Students are not permitted to reproduce or distribute lecture notes and course materials publicly for commercial or non-commercial purposes without express written consent from the copyright holder(s).

Remote Learning Etiquette

Inappropriate online behaviour will not be tolerated. Examples of inappropriate online behaviour include (but are not limited to):

  • Posting inflammatory messages about your instructor or fellow students
  • Using obscene or offensive language online
  • Copying or presenting someone else's work as your own
  • Adapting information from the Internet without using proper citations or references
  • Buying or selling term papers or assignments
  • Posting or selling course materials to course notes websites
  • Having someone else complete your quiz or completing a quiz for/with another student
  • Stating false claims about lost quiz answers or other assignment submissions
  • Threatening or harassing a student or instructor online
  • Discriminating against fellow students, instructors and/or TAs
  • Using the course website to promote profit-driven products or services
  • Attempting to compromise the security/functionality of the learning management system
  • Sharing your user name and password
  • Recording lectures without the permission of the instructor

Privacy During Lecture Recordings

By enrolling in this course, unless explicitly stated and brought forward to the instructor, it is assumed that students agree to the possibility of being recorded during lecture, seminar or other “live” course activities, whether delivery is in-class or online/remote.

If you prefer not to be distinguishable during a recording, you may:

  1. turn off your camera
  2. mute your microphone 
  3. edit your name (e.g., initials only) upon entry to each session
  4. use the chat function to pose questions.  

Students who express that they, or a reference to their name or person, do not wish to be recorded, possible alternatives or accommodations will be discussed with the instructor.


The University of Guelph is committed to creating a barrier-free environment. Providing services for students is a shared responsibility among students, faculty and administrators. This relationship is based on respect of individual rights, the dignity of the individual and the University community's shared commitment to an open and supportive learning environment. 

Students requiring service or accommodation, whether due to an identified, ongoing disability or a short-term disability, should contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) as soon as possible. 

For more information, contact SAS at 519-824-4120 ext. 56208 or visit the SAS website. 

E-mail Communication 

As per university regulations, all students are required to check their uoguelph.ca e-mail account regularly. E-mail is the official route of communication between the University and its students.

Course Assessment

The Department of Physics requires student assessment of all courses taught by the Department. These assessments provide essential feedback to faculty on their teaching by identifying both strengths and possible areas of improvement. In addition, annual student assessment of teaching provides part of the information used by the Department Tenure and Promotion Committee in evaluating the faculty member's contribution in the area of teaching.

The Department's teaching evaluation questionnaire invites student response both through numerically quantifiable data and written student comments. In conformity with University of Guelph Faculty Policy, the Department Tenure and Promotions Committee only considers comments signed by students (choosing "I agree" in question 14). Your instructor will see all signed and unsigned comments after final grades are submitted. Written student comments may also be used in support of a nomination for internal and external teaching awards.

NOTE: No information will be passed on to the instructor until after the final grades have been submitted.


Please note that the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may necessitate a revision of the format of course offerings and academic schedules. Any such changes will be announced via CourseLink and/or class email. All University-wide decisions will be posted on the COVID-19 website and circulated by email.  


The University will not normally require verification of illness (doctor's notes) for Fall 2020 or Winter 2021 semester courses.  However, requests for Academic Consideration may still require medical documentation as appropriate.