Syllabus for Physics 711  Electromagnetic Theory I

TuTh 4:00 -5:15, BPB 250

Instructor Dr. Zygelman BPB 227, Phone 1321

Office Hours TuTh BPB 227,  3-4  PM ; email:

Text:  Classical Electromagnetism in a Nutshell, Anupam Garg, Princeton University Press.


Course Policy on Grading: Homework assignments will be collected and graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Two midterm exams account for 30 % each,  and a final 2 hour exam determines 40% of grade. The letter grade will be based on a curve of the class average of exam grades. Homework assignment average (P/F) will determine grades that are bordeline (e.g. exam average of C+ will translate into a B-  by satisfactory HW and class participation outcomes.) Homework assignments will be announced in class, as well as the mid-term schedule. Typically the latter are given in eraly October and mid-November respectively.

Course Outline  & Learning Outcomes


Text Reading


Chapter 1

Review of mathematical concepts

Chapter  2

Electrostatics I

Chapter  3

Electrostatics II Chapter 13
Electrostatics III Chapter 14
Magnetostatics I Chapter 4
Magnetostatics II Chapter 16

Supplementary Texts:

Classical Electrodynamics, J. D. Jackson,  3rd Edition,  Wiley-Interscience, John Wiley and Sons.

The Mathematica Book,  Stephen Wolfram, Cambridge University Press

Homework assignments will not be accepted after due date. Handwritten assignments will not be accepted, possible computer generated formats include Mathematica, Latex, Google Docs etc.

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