Physics 842 – Fall 2010

Classical Electrodynamics II

Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 – 2:40 pm, BPS 1308

Instructor: Norman Birge, BPS 4224, 884-5653, birge@pa.msu.edu

Office Hours: Tuesday, 3:00 – 5:00pm and by appointment

Textbook: Landau & Lifshitz, Electrodynamics of Continuous Media,

2^{nd}
Edition (Volume 8 of Landau & Lifshitz Course of
Theoretical Physics)

(Elsevier
Butterworth-Heinemann,

Other books: J.D.
Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 3^{rd} Edition

(Wiley, New York, 1999)

H.C.
Ohanian, Classical Electrodynamics, 2^{nd}
Edition

(Infinity
Science Press,

Grading: weekly quizzes 50%

student-given mini-lecture 10%

final exam 40%

Due to budget cuts, there
is no grader for this course. Problem
sets will be assigned, but students will be responsible for making sure that their
solutions are correct. Students are
encouraged to consult with each other __after__ they have worked out the
problems independently.

20-minute quizzes will be given at the beginning of Thursday’s class each week, based on the homework due the previous Tuesday and on the worked-out problems in Landau & Lifshitz.

Each student will give one 20-minute mini-lecture during the course of the semester. A sign-up sheet will be passed around at the first lecture. The material to be covered will be assigned by the instructor the previous week.

Schedule: There will be no class the weeks of September 6, September 13, and December 6. To make up the lost time, class will go until 2:40pm rather than 2:20pm the rest of the semester. (We will take a short break in the middle of each class.)

Final exam: Monday, December 13, 12:45-2:45 pm, in a location to be announced later.

Content: The course will cover some, but not all, of the material in Landau & Lifshitz chapters 1-7, plus chapters 9 and 10.