Electricity and Magnetism II (PHYS*2340)

Code and section: PHYS*2340*01

Term: Winter 2022

Instructor: Joanne O'Meara


Course Information


Role Name Email
Instructor Joanne O’Meara omeara@uoguelph.ca
Teaching Assistant Michael Lahaye mlahaye@uoguelph.ca

Meeting Times

Type Day Time Location
Lectures Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 am to 12:50 pm  MacKinnon 231
Tutorials Tuesdays 7:00 to 9:50 pm MacKinnon 224
Computational labs Fridays 12:30 to 1:20 pm Richards 2529 

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.

Course Materials

Required Materials

  • Custom courseware available from TopHat (see details below)
  • Courselink

Suggested Materials

  • University Physics by H.D. Young and R. A. Freedman – your text from IPS*1500/1510
  • Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th Edition, D. J. Griffiths


Assessment Weight
Check Your Understanding Questions 20%
Assignments (7 in total, 5% each)  35%
Final Assessment (3 parts, 15% each) 45%

The Check Your Understanding Questions are embedded in the course notes. You get half a mark for completing the question and half a mark for the correct answer. These are conceptual questions that ask you to consider a minor twist on the example problem that precedes the interactive question. The assignments will be a mix of mathematical problem solving, data analysis, and computational problem solving.

Final Assessment

You will be creating your own personal study guide to summarize the course, which we will divide up into three segments:

  1. Current, current density, resistivity, conductivity, Ohm’s law, Lorentz force law, Biot-Savart Law, motion of charged particles in electric and magnetic fields, Ampere’s Law (Lectures 1 to 8) – Due Friday Feb 11th 
  2. Induction, Faraday’s law, inductors/inductance, energy stored in magnetic fields, capacitance, energy stored in electric fields, capacitors & inductors in DC circuits, transient effects (Lectures 9 to 16) – Due Friday March 18th 
  3. AC circuits: resonance circuits, filter circuits, Power in AC circuits, force & torque on magnetic dipoles, Magnetic materials, the H field, Displacement current & Maxwell’s equations, EM waves (Lectures 17 to 24) – Due Monday April 18th 

Your personalized study guide is a document that you create that can be used in your future studies to remind you of the key concepts and problem-solving strategies that you have encountered this semester. For each of the three sections in the course, you will include the following items:

  • Key definitions and terminology
  • Relevant equations and diagrams (as necessary)
  • Three unique worked examples that illustrate the important concepts (not examples taken from the course notes or the assignments)


The “lecture” times (Tues/Thurs 10 to 11:20 am) will be used as an open opportunity to ask questions on the materials – lecture notes/problems, check your understanding questions, assignments, personalized study guide etc. If you would like help from either the instructor or teaching assistant at another time, please contact by email to arrange. 

Schedule for the Semester

Week Date Material Covered in Lecture Assignments
1 Jan 10 to 14
(Lectures 1 & 2)
Current, current density, resistivity, conductivity   
2 Jan 17 to 21
(Lectures 3 & 4)
Ohm’s law, Lorentz force law   
3 Jan 24 to 28
(Lectures 5 & 6)
Magnetic fields, Biot-Savart Law Assn #1 due (Fri Jan 28)
4 Jan 31 to Feb 4
(Lectures 7 & 8)
Motion of charged particles in fields, Ampere’s Law Assn #2 due (Fri Feb 4)
5 Feb 7 to 11
(Lectures 9 & 10)
Induction, Faraday’s law, inductors Final Assessment Part 1
- Due Friday, Feb 11th
Feb 14 to 18
(Lectures 11 & 12)
Inductance, energy stored in magnetic fields  
  Feb 21 to 25 READING WEEK  
7 Feb 28 to Mar 4
(Lectures 13 & 14)
Capacitance, energy stored in electric fields Assn #3 due (Fri Mar 4)
8 Mar 7 to 11
(Lectures 15 & 16) 
Capacitors & inductors in DC circuits, transient effects Assn #4 due (Fri Mar 11)
9 Mar 14 to 18
(Lectures 17 & 18)
AC circuits: resonance circuits, filter circuits Final Assessment Part 2
- Due Friday, March 18th 
10 Mar 21 to 25
(Lectures 19 & 20) 
Power in AC circuits, force & torque on magnetic dipoles Assn #5 due (Fri Mar 25)
11 Mar 28 to Apr 1
(Lectures 21 & 22)
Magnetic materials, the H field Assn #6 due (Fri Apr 1)
12 Apr 4 to 8
(Lectures 23 & 24)
Displacement current & Maxwell’s equations, EM waves Assn #7 due (Fri Apr 8)
    Final Assessment Due Monday April 18th

The information in the table above is provided as a rough guide in terms of the schedule of material covered during the term.  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. 

Given the current situation with COVID19, this will be a semester that will be highly changeable. We will be working entirely online at the beginning, with the hope of being able to switch to face-to-face, depending on the situation. 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. My guiding principles throughout this unusual semester are:

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


We will be using Top Hat for our digital textbook. You will be able to submit answers to in-class questions using Apple or Android smartphones and tablets, or computers. For instructions on how to create a Top Hat account, please refer to the invitation sent to your school email address or consult Top Hat's Getting Started Guide (https://bit.ly/31TGMlw). You will also require Top Hat to access the digital interactive textbook, Electricity and Magnetism, that we will be using in this class.

If you already have a Top Hat account, go to https://app.tophat.com/e/552258 to be taken directly to our course. If you are new to Top Hat, follow the link in the email invitation you received or...

  1. Go to https://app.tophat.com/register/student 
  2. Click "Search by school" and input the name of our school (University of Guelph)
  3. Search for our course with the following join code: 552258

The cost of the textbook is 5 dollars and will be applied at checkout when enrolling in our Top Hat course (the lowest I could possibly set it). Bear in mind that textbook material will be made available in our course throughout the semester, so don’t panic if you don’t see any in the course upon entry. Note that you have the option of a one-semester TopHat subscription (30 dollars) or a one-year subscription (48 dolars). If you plan to take Electricity & Magnetism II (PHYS*2340) next semester, the one-year subscription plus the cost of the book (a total of 53 dollars) will be a one-time cost for the entire year of Electricity and Magnetism. 

Should you require assistance with Top Hat at any time please contact their Support Team directly by way of email (support@tophat.com), the in-app support button, or by calling 1-888-663-5491.

Course Statements

(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 “Check Your Understanding” questions, assignments, and personalized study guides are not group projects unless explicitly stated otherwise by the instructor.

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.

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.

University Statements

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 

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.


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 2021 or winter 2022 semester courses.  However, requests for Academic Consideration may still require medical documentation as appropriate.