Electricity and Magnetism II (PHYS*2340)

Code and section: PHYS*2340*01

Term: Winter 2011

Instructor: Michael Massa


Course Information

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. 


Lecturer Office Extension Email
Mike Massa MacN 328 52625 massam@uoguelph.ca

Office Hours

Hours will be announced when he is almost certain to be in his office for consultation with students. Short questions can often be handled in the lecture room just before or after lectures. (Mike will try to refrain from referring to himself in the third person during consultation).

Teaching Assistants Office Email
Evan Rand MacN 406 erand@uoguelph.ca
Alex Laffoley MacN 406 alaffole@uoguelph.ca

Lectures and Tutorials


Day Time Location
Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:30 am - 12:50 pm THRN 1307


Day Time Location
Tuesdays, alternating weeks 7:00 - 9:50 pm THRN 1307

The bi-weekly tutorials are co-ordinated with those in PHYS*2320 (Mechanics II). If you are registered in both courses, in a given week you will have a tutorial in one of the two courses (2340 or 2320) but not a tutorial in both. The following table outlines the schedule for the semester. Tutorials are held in THRN 1307 for both courses.

Course Materials

Required Material

  • Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd Edition, D. J. Griffiths, Prentice-Hall, 1999.

Highly Recommended

  • University Physics (12th Edition) by H. D. Young and R. A. Freedman - your text from PHYS*1000/1010


Assessment Weight
Participation 6%
Assignments 19%
Midterm Exam 25%
Final examination 50%

The assignments will be handed out in class and will be submitted in class by the due date and time clearly indicated on the assignment (see also the schedule below). There will be a penalty for late assignments and no assignments will be accepted after the posting of the solutions on the course webpage. The detailed breakdown of the laboratory mark will be provided by your TA.

If you miss the midterm examination due to illness or compassionate reasons, you need to provide the instructor with a waiver slip. See your Program Counsellor if you require assistance. If you miss the final examination, see your Program Counsellor. Please refer to "General Information for Academic Consideration and Appeals in the 2011/12 Undergraduate Calendar.

Midterm test: Tuesday Feb. 28th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Location: THRN 1307

Final Examination: Saturday, April 14th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Location: TBA

Both the midterm and the final examination will be closed book. Calculators may be required. Only non-programmable pocket calculators will be permitted. Personal communication or entertainment devices (e.g. call phone, MP3 player) are not permitted.

Schedule for the Semester

Week Date Lecture Material Tutorial Info
1 Jan. 9 - 13 Current, current density, resistivity, conductivity No Tutorial
2 Jan. 16 - 20 DC Circuits reviews, Kirchhoff's Laws, Thevenin Theorem No tutorial
3 Jan. 23 - 27 Magnetic fields, Biot-Savart equation Tutorial (THRN 1307)
Assn #1 due Friday Jan 27th
4 Jan. 30 - Feb. 3 Motion of charged particles in fields, Ampere's Law No tutorial
5 Feb. 6 -10 Introduction, Faraday's Law, inductors Tutorial (THRN 1307)
Assn #2 due Friday Feb 10th
6 Feb. 13 - 17 Mutual inductance, energy stored in magnetic fields No tutorial
  Feb. 20 - 24 Mid-winter break No Classes/Labs/Tutorials
7 Feb. 27 - Mar. 2 Transients in circuits, AC circuits intro Midterm test (THRN 1307)
8 Mar. 5 - 9 AC circuits continued: resonance circuits, filter circuits No tutorial
9 Mar. 12 - 16 Magnetic materials Tutorial (THRN 1307)
Assn #3 due Friday Mar 16th
10 Mar. 19 - 23 Displacement current & Maxwell's equations No tutorial
11 Mar.26 - 30 Maxwell's equations, EM waves Tutorial (THRN 1307)
Assn #4 due Friday Mar. 30th
12 Apr. 2 - 6 EM waves, Review No tutorial

NOTE: 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 associated due dates, as well as handed out in class. Check Courselink regularly
to be informed.

Course Policies

(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, experiment reports, etc. The assignments and experiment reports are not group projects. It is important that you do not show your final written solutions, experiment reports, etc., to other students.


One of your best sources of help is your tutorial/lab instructor.

In addition, Mike is always happy to answer students' questions whenever he is in his office. Hours will be announced when he is almost certain to be in his office for consultation with students. Short questions can often be handled in the lecture room just before or after lectures. (Mike will try to refrain from referring to himself in the third person during consultation)

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.