Electromagnetic Theory (PHYS*7060)

Code and section: PHYS*7060*01

Term: Winter 2020

Instructor: Huan Yang


Course Information


Huan Yang
MacN 435D


Guelph Mini Link Room, MacN 203/Waterloo Mini Link Room, C2
10:00 am -11:30 am

Final Exam

April 14th,
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location TBA

Midterm Exam

March 5th,
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Location TBA

Course Description

This course covers Solutions to Solutions to Maxwell’s equations; radiation theory, normal modes; multipole expansion; Kirchhoff’s diffraction theory; radiating point charge; optical theorem. Special relativity; transformation laws for the electromagnetic field; line broadening. Dispersion; Kramers-Kronig relations. Magnetohydrodynamics and plasmas.


“Classical Electrodynamics” by John David Jackson 3rd Edition John Wiley & Sons Inc., ISBN 978-0-47130932

Course Content

We will aim at covering as much as possible the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1 Introduction to Electrostatics
  • Chapter 2 Boundary Value Problems in Electrostatics I
  • Chapter 3 Boundary Value Problems in Electrostatics II
  • Chapter 4 Multipoles, Electrostatics of Macroscopic Media, Dielectrics
  • Chapter 6 Maxwell Equations, Macroscopic Electromagnetism, Conservation Laws
  • Chapter 7 Plane Electromagnetic Waves and Wave Propagation
  • Chapter 8 Waveguides, Resonant Cavities and Optical Fibers
  • Chapter 9 Radiating Systems, Multipole Fields and Radiation
  • Chapter 10 Scattering and Diffraction

Course Grading

20% Assignments (4 assignments)
30% Midterm
50% Final Exam

The assignments for this course will be handed out and submitted in class. No late Assignments will be accepted. Submitted assignment solutions must show calculation details, be legible, and written with a logical flow. Marks on assignments will rapidly trend to zero if not presented well. Both midterm and final exams will be closed text book and closed notebooks,

Course Policies

(Not) Sharing Solutions 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.

UW students should be aware of Policy 71, Student Discipline: https://uwaterloo.ca/secretariatgeneral-counsel/policies-procedures-guidelines/policy-71 and Policy 72, Student Appeals: https://uwaterloo.ca/secretariat-general-counsel/policies-procedures-guidelines/policy-72