ELECTRODYNAMICS
PHY 606
Spring 2011

Instructor: Dr. Paulo Bedaque
2105 Physics building
bedaque@umd.edu

Teaching Assistant:  Rong Zhou
zhour@umd.edu

Lecture times: Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00pm to 3:40pm

Office hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00am to 12 noon

Textbook(s): There are many textbooks that can be useful. Pick one that suits your style and level of preparation. My personal favorites are:
• Classical Electrodynamics, J. D. Jackson (very extensive; early editions use the gaussian system throughout)
• Principles of Electrodynamics, M. Schwartz (full of insight while others have long equations; short (a plus) and slightly below the level of the class (a minus))
• The Classical Electromagnetic Field, L. Eyges (very well and concisely written; out of print but you can still find it)
• The Classical Theory of Fields, L. Landau and E. M. Lifshitz (elegant; electromagnetism in media is covered in another book of the series)

Lecture notes: some lecture notes will be posted here. They are not a substitute for a regular textbook.

3-tensors
relativity, 4-tensors
particle dynamics, electromagnetic field
conservation laws

Other notes

the original Einstein article on special relativity, still a great read

magnetism as Coulomb+relativity, by Dan Schroeder, following Purcell's book. This point is also discussed nicely in M. Schwartz's book. This whole point of view is orthogonal to what we did in class where electric and magnetic fields arose together as a consequence of relativity and a few other choices

a quick and dirty discussion of tensors in a spirit similar to what was done in class (by Andrew Blechman)

Homework: homework will be worth 10% of the grade

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Tests: There will be one midterm (30% of the grade) and one final exam (60% of the grade)