Electricity & Magnetism I

               Fall Semester, 2007

Instructor: Dr. John A. Jaszczak (
Lecture: MWF 1:05 – 1:55 P.M.
Office Hours: M, W 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. or by appointment.

Course Description: A traditional course in electricity & magnetism at the intermediate level aimed toward physics majors. Topics covered will include vector calculus, electrostatics, solution of Laplace's equation, dielectrics, and magnetostatics.

This course aims to develop and apply more mathematical sophistication than you have applied in E&M so far, and also to deepen your physical understanding of the interaction of particles and fields.


Primary Textbook: Electromagnetism, G. Pollack & D. Stump (Addison Wesley 2002). 

Additional reference: Introduction to Electrodynamics, D. J. Griffiths (Prentice Hall 1999).

Timeless reference: The Feynman Lectures on Physics, vol. II. (Addison-Wesley 1964).


Homework:     Due approximately every other week. Please follow the rules and guidelines.

Midterm Exam Dates:

Exam I: Thursday October 18, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Exam II: Thursday, December 6, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. IS NOW SCHEDULED

Final Exam: Wednesday Dec. 19, 2007 -  12:45 p.m. (2 hrs)


Course Grades:      (possible range)        (chosen weight)

  Homework                 40 – 65 %                    50%

  Midterm Exam 1         15 – 25%                     14%

  Midterm Exam 2         15 – 25%                     14%

  Final Exam                 20 – 45%                     22%

Schedule: (approximate number of lectures)

  • Ch. 1 Introduction (1 lecture)
  • Ch. 2 Vector Analysis (5 lectures)
  • Ch. 3 Basic Principles of Electrostatics (7 lectures)
  • Ch. 4 Electrostatics and Conductors (4 lectures)
  • Ch. 5 General Methods for Solving Laplace's Equation (7 lectures)
  • Ch. 6 Electrostatics and Dielectrics (8 lectures)
  • Ch. 7 Electric Currents (2 lectures)
  • Ch. 9 Magnetostatics (introduction) (4 lectures)

Short Exercises: Due at random as short completions of class notes and simple applications.

Click HERE for list.  Updated 10/3/2007.

Primary Assignments: Due approximately every other week in class.


    1. HW1 due Monday Oct. 1.
    2. HW2 due Wednesday Oct. 17.
    3. HW3 due Wednesday Oct. 31.
    4. HW4 due Friday Nov. 9.
    5. HW5 due Friday Nov. 16. or Monday Nov. 26.
    6. HW6 due Friday Dec. 14.




Applet for Motion of charged particle in crossed E&B fields.

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