Syllabus for Physics 411 – Fall 2014

Electricity and Magnetism


             (Check here frequently for important announcements related to the course)

Official Course Description: Title: Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism; Credits: 4; Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD;
PHYS374; Topics: Foundations of electromagnetic theory, with extensive applications of the methods. Thorough treatment of wave properties of solutions of Maxwell's equations.


Instructor:         Professor Kaustubh Agashe                                  Phone: (301)-405-6018

                             Office (note different building than lecture!): Room 3118 of Physical Sciences Complex (PSC)                             e-mail:

                             Office Hours (note locations and days carefully): Tuesday 2.00-3.00 pm. in Rm. 3118 PSC and Thursday 1.00-2.00 pm. in Rm. 1304 of Toll building (the one

                          on Thursdays will be sort of an informal discussion session, i.e., you are not required to attend it, but it will be useful to do so!).


Teaching Assistant: Donggeun Tak [email:; office: Rm 3101 of Toll building; Phone: (301)] 219-0836; Office hours (note locations and days carefully): 
Monday 1.00-2.00 pm. in Rm. 1304 of Toll building (this will be sort of an informal discussion session, i.e., you are not required to attend it, but it will be 
useful to do so!) and Wednesday 1.45- 2.45 pm. in Rm  3101 of Toll building.It might be possible to have office hours at other times by appointment.



Lecture Time:                    11:00-11:50 pm. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Lecture Room:                  Room 1402, John S. Toll Physics Building


Required Textbook:  Introduction to Electrodynamics, D.J. Griffiths, Fourth Edition (third is also fine), Prentice Hall


Homework: The homework assignments (problem sets) will generally be assigned here on Tuesdays, and should be handed in class the following Thursday or in folder outside Room 4119 by 5 pm.. Late homework will be accepted at the discretion

of the instructor (in particular, a valid documented excuse such a medical problem, religious holiday, or serious family crisis is

required)., but not after solutions have been handed out.


No homework will be dropped for any reason.  For full credit for any written homework or exam problem,

in addition to the correct answer, you must show the steps/justify your approach as much as possible.


Solutions to homework (and exams) will be posted here.


Exams: There will be 2 exams given during the lecture periods (50 minutes in length). Both exams will contribute to the final grade for the course. The final exam will be given during the standard exam period. The date and time of the exam are not yet determined. You must take the final exam to pass the course. There will be no make-up for the exams, unless there is a strong documented excuse (medical problem, religious holiday, or serious family crisis).

Details such as which topics will be covered in each exam, whether crib sheets will be allowed etc. will be posted later.

Grade: The semester grade will be based on the homework, in-class exams and the final exam
with the following tentative weights: 2 in-class exams: 50%, homework: 15%, final exam: 35%




Attendance: Regular attendance and participation in this class is the best way to grasp the concepts and principles being discussed. Please try to attend every class and to read up the relevant chapter(s) of the textbook before coming to the class.


Some class notes will be posted here.


Academic Honesty: Note that, although you are encouraged to discuss homework with other students, any work you submit must be your own and should reflect your own understanding. In fact, the main way you will understand Physics (and thus do well on the exams) is by doing the homework (that too by yourself).


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(TENTATIVE) schedule of Physics 411 topics, exams, and holidays (more detailed schedule, for example,

by chapter-sections, might be posted as part of the “announcements” here roughly at the beginning of each week.)




Main Topics

Chapter in Griffiths


Sep. 2-5

Electrostatics; (Review of) Vector Analysis

Chap. 2, 1


Sep. 8-12

(Review of) Vector Analysis; Electrostatics

Chaps. 1,2


Sep. 15-19

Electrostatics , Special techniques   (Laplace’s Equation…)

Chaps. 2, 3


Sep. 22-26

Special techniques

Chap. 3


Sep. 29-Oct.3

Electric Fields in Matter

Chap. 4


Oct. 8-10


Chap. 5


Oct. 13-17

Magnetic Fields in Matter

Chap. 6


Thursday, Oct. 16

(and Fri., Oct. 17)

Exam I

(and going through solutions next day)

Chap. 2, 3, 4


Oct. 20-24

Magnetic Fields in Matter; Electrodynamics

Chaps. 6, 7


Oct. 27-Oct.31


Chap. 7


Nov. 3-7

Conservation Laws



Nov. 10-14

Electromagnetic Waves

Chap. 9


Nov. 17-21

Electromagnetic Waves; Potentials and Fields

Chaps. 9 , 10


Tuesday, Nov. 18

Exam II

Chap. 5, 6, 7


Nov.24-25 (Thanksgiving week)

Potentials and Fields



Dec. 1-5

Electromagnetic Radiation



Dec. 8-12

Radiation, Electrodynamics and Special Relativity

Chap. 11,12



Review session



Dec. 15 (Mon.): 8-10 am. in Rm. 1402

Final Exam