Electricity and Magnetism II (PHYS*2340)

Code and section: PHYS*2340*01

Term: Winter 2013

Instructor: Joanne O'Meara


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
Joanne O'Meara MacN 323 53987 omeara@uoguelph.ca

Office Hours

Office hours will be announced early in the semester once a mutually convenient time is determined. If you wish to obtain help from Dr. O’Meara at another time, please see her before or after lectures to arrange a mutually convenient time or arrange via email. Short questions can often be handled in the lecture room just before or after lectures.

Teaching Assistants Office Email
Matt O’Halloran MacN 413 mohallor@uoguelph.ca
Evan Rand MacN 406 erand@ uoguelph.ca

Lectures and Tutorials


Day Time Location
Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30 am to 12:50 pm MACK 116


Day Time Location
(2 hours per week, alternating weeks)
7:00 to 9:50 pm THRN 1307

The biweekly tutorials are co-ordinated with those in PHYS*2450 (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 Materials

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

NOTE: the laboratory procedures can be found at the course webpage on Courselink.

Highly Recommended

  • University Physics (13th edition) by H.D. Young and R. A. Freedman – your text from PHYS*1000/1010


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

The assignments will be handed out in class and will be submitted to our dropbox in MacNaughton by the due date and time clearly marked on the assignment. There will be a penalty for late assignments, and no assignments will be accepted after the posting of the solutions on the course webpage (available through Courselink).

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 2012/13 Undergraduate Calendar.

Midterm test: Tuesday Feb 26th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm Location: THRN 1307

Final Examination: Thursday April 11th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Location: TBA

Schedule for the Semester

Week Date Material Covered in Lecture Tutorial
1 Jan 7 Current, current density, resistivity, conductivity No tutorial
2 Jan 14 DC circuits review, Kirchhoff’s Laws, Thévenin theorem No tutorial
3 Jan 21 Magnetic fields, Biot-Savart equation Tutorial (THRN 1307)
Assn #1 due Thursday Jan 24th
4 Jan 28 Motion of charged particles in fields, Ampere’s Law No tutorial
5 Feb 4 Induction, Faraday’s law, inductors Tutorial (THRN 1307)
Assn #2 due Thursday Feb 7th
6 Feb 11 Mutual inductance, energy stored in magnetic fields No tutorial
  Feb 18 Mid-winter break No classes/tutorials/laboratories
7 Feb 25 Transients in circuits, AC circuits intro Midterm test (THRN 1307)
8 Mar 4 AC circuits continued: resonance circuits, filter circuits No tutorial
9 Mar 11 Magnetic materials Tutorial (THRN 1307)
Assn #3 due Thursday Mar 14th
(Pi Day!)
10 Mar 18 Displacement current & Maxwell’s equations No tutorial
11 Mar 25 Maxwell’s equations, EM waves Tutorial (THRN 1307)
Assn #4 due Thursday Mar 28th
12 Apr 1 EM waves, Review No tutorial

The information in the table above is provided as a rough guide in terms of the schedule of material covered during the term. In addition, the assignment due dates listed here are tentative.

Assignments will be posted on the course website, along with the associated due dates, as well as handed out in class. Check Courselink regularly to stay 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. The assignments are not group projects. It is important that you do not show your final written solutions to other students.


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

In addition, the course instructor is happy to answer questions in her office (MacN 323) during office hours which will be announced early in the semester once a mutually convenient time is determined. If you wish to obtain help from Dr. O’Meara at another time, please see her before or after lectures to arrange a mutually convenient time or arrange via email. Short questions can often be handled in the lecture room just before or after lectures.

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.


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