Phys411 - Electricity and Magnetism
University of Maryland, College Park
Fall 2010

Catalog description: PHYS411 Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism; (4 credits) Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD.
Prerequisite: PHYS374. Foundations of electromagnetic theory, with extensive applications of the methods. Thorough treatment of wave properties of solutions of Maxwell's equations.

0101(59207) D. Brill (Seats=49, Open=28, Waitlist=0) Books
TuTh......11:00am-11:50am (PHY 1402)
M.........11:00am-11:50am (PHY 1402)
F.........11:00am-11:50am (PHY 1402) Dis

Professor: Dieter Brill,, Room 4220 (Physics Bldg.), 301-405-6027
Office hours: After class, by appointment via doodle, or drop by. Also see Email, below

TA: Xunnong Xu, Room 0220 (Physics Bldg), 301-405-5969
Office hours: 1-2 pm Mondays

Textbook: Introduction to Electrodynamics, D.J. Griffiths, Third Edition, Prentice Hall

Course web site: will be on elms, Course plan, homework, notes, supplements, solutions and grades will be posted there. Students are responsible for checking this site regularly for announcements. Important or last-minute announcements will also be emailed to your registered address.

E-mail:   is the best way to communicate with me for quick correspondence regarding lecture material, homework problems, etc. I can often be reached at night or on weekends by email, but please do not rely on this if there is a deadline. In other words, if you need help on homework, don't wait to email me until the night before it is due. Do email me about errors or needed clarification in the homework in time that I can post a correction.

Homework Policies:

Exams:  Three exams, the third given at the time of the final exam (Monday, December 13, 8:00-10:00 am).  If you know ahead of time that you will miss an exam, you must notify me before the exam. For emergencies, I will accomodate those with valid, doumented excuses and who have given me timely notification.

Grading: The lowest two homework scores will be dropped. The homework and exams are each worth 25 +/- 10%, with the weights adjusted at the end of the semester to maximize the total for each student. In practice this means your two best grade components are worth 35% each and your two worst are worth 15% each. The letter grades corresponding to numerical scores will be determined after reviewing the class performance as a whole, consistent with the grade definitions indicating mastery of the material:
A: excellent, B: good, C: adequate, D: marginal.
If I deem it necessary the grade components are adjusted upward according to a smooth rule that preserves the ends of the scale (0% and 100%) so that the letters generally fall close to the standard ranges:
A: 100-90%, B: 89-80%, C: 79-70%, D: 69-60%.

Academic honesty:  The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students.  As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit

The University has adopted an Honor Pledge, which is a statement undergraduate and graduate students are asked to write by hand and sign on examinations, papers, or other academic assignments not specifically exempted by the instructor. The Pledge reads: "I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment/examination." In this course you will acknowledge this principle on the first assignment to cover all assignments. On exams you will generally be asked to write and sign the pledge in full.