University of Maryland, College Park
Instructor: Prof. Paulo Bedaque
bedaque at umd.edu
Physics building 2105
Grader: Aleksanser Azatov
Classical Electromagnetic Field, by L. Eyges (unfortunately
out-of-print, but used nes are available cheap)
Time and place: Mondays and Wednesday, 2:00pm to 3:40pm
General remarks: Contrary to many other departments, we have only one semester of graduate E&M in Maryland. This is due, in part, to the fact that the mahematical theory of boundary value problems was already covered in the Mathematical Methods class. Consequently, we will concentrate on conceptual issues, electromagnetic waves and radiation. Static problems will be discussed, but briefly. The other peculiarity of our class is the stress we will put on some methods (lagrangian formalism, 4 dimensional tensors, ...) that, besides usefull to understand E&M, will be particularly usefull in more advances classes. We will not closely follow any textbook though.
homework 1 solution
homework 2 solution
homework 3 solution
homework 4 solution
homework 7 solution
homework_10 solution problems 1,2 solution problem 3
Many typos/mistakes are known in these notes ! They are not a substitute for textbooks.
Prof. K. MacDonald has a large set of lecture notes, problems, pedagogical articles and links on classical electromagnetism here.
This undergraduate lecture notes set by by Prof. M. Peskin constains some material not usually covered in e&m classes like ours (coherence and holograms, Yang-Mills, rainbows, ...)
Relativity, four dimensional tensors; lagrangians for fields and particles; Noether's theorem and conservation laws ~ 3 lectures
Electrostatics ~ 6 lectures
Magnetostatics ~ 3 lectures
Electromagnetic waves; optics ~ 7 lectures
Radiation ~ 8 lectures
Magnetohydrodynamics ~ 1 lecture