Assigned problems are listed on the
schedule. Problem numbers in bold
are extra credit for any undergraduates who would like to try them, but
are required for graduate students. Doing problems is the essence
of learning physics. I
shall collect and grade these problems every week. Do not get behind!
The
farther behind you get, the harder it is to catch up. Your grade for
the class will be heavily based on these problem grades, although a
good deal of credit will be given for a good attempt. (For what "good"
means, check here.) You should
include a clear and concise discussion
of relevant physical principles
and mathematical techniques in your solutions. Check this list
for things you should NOT say in your
solutions!
Quizzes may occur in any class without warning. Your quiz scores
contribute 5% of your total grade. The one lowest quiz score will be
dropped. All quizzes will be closedbook.
There will be an in class
midterm, and a takehome final, both openbook. Problems are due
at the
beginning of the class period
on the
day indicated. Assignments turned in late will be accepted only under
exceptional
circumstances. While I encourage you to discuss the problems
during the semester in study groups, please be sure that the work you
turn in is your own. Exams may not be discussed with anyone
except me. For the midterm, you may bring to class one page of
notes (8x11, one side only) and one textbook of your choice.
Please note that some of the assignments may involve a
computer
calculation. Computers may also be (and should be) used to
construct plots and diagrams in other assignments. However,
computer programs such as Mathematica may not be used to do your
algebra for you.
Grades will be assigned on the following basis:
Homework problems:  Midterm:  Final:  Quizzes 
30%  30%  35%  5% 
Special
note to graduate students taking 360 The problems marked
in bold are for you alone. They are a bit harder, and will
require careful thought and/or careful and accurate computation.
Have fun!
Physics 360  
Course Outline 
Spring 2006  

Date  Griffiths Reference  LB reference  Topic (click on links for lecture notes) 
Problems  Due date 
Tu Jan 31st  Ch 1 Ch 2 sec 1 
Overview of E&M, Chapters 23 and 24 
Review of basics, E as a vector field Problem solving; Coulomb's Law 

Th Feb 2 
Ch 1, Ch 2 sec 1 
Ch 1; p116124, p248256, p22930, p299300 23.3, 24.2, 24.5 
Problem solving; Coulomb's Law 
LB p 23.76, 24.90 G p1.2 (pg4), 1.12 (pg 15) 
Feb 7 
Tu Feb 7 
Ch 1, Ch2 sec2 
23.4, 24.1,2,3  Coulomb's law and Gauss' law 

Th Feb 9  Ch 1; Ch 2 sec 3 
Ch 25 
Potential 
LB 24.49 G1.54, 1.58 
Feb 14 
Tu Feb 14 
Ch 1; Ch 2 sec 3  Ch 25 
Potential, delta function 

Th Feb 16  Ch 1; Ch 2 sec 4 
Ch 25 
Energy  G1.47, 2.20, 2.21, 2.25 LB p25.97 
Feb 21 
Tu Feb 21  Ch 1; Ch 2 sec 5 
Ch 25 
Conductors, boundary conditions 


Th Feb 23  Ch 2 sec 5 
Ch 27 
More on conductors, capacitors 
LB 25.82 G 2.32, 2.34, 2.48 
Feb 28 
Tu Feb 28 
Ch 1; Ch 3 sec 1 
Laplace's equation, Example of numerical solution 

Th Mar 2  Ch 3 sec 2 
method of images 
LB 25.71, 27.73, 27.75 G3.2, 3.3 (cylindrical only) 
Mar 7 

Tu Mar 7 
Ch 3 sec 3 

Separation of variables 

Th Mar 9 
Ch 3 sec 3 
Separation of variables  3d 
G3.8, 3.10, 3.13 
Mar 14 

Tu Mar 14  Ch 3 sec 3 

Separation of variables  spherical
coordinates 

Th Mar 16  Ch 3 sec 3 

Separation of variables  spherical coordinates  G 3.18. 3.34 
Mar 21 
Tu Mar 21 
Ch 3 sec 3, 4 
Ch 24 sec 5 
Separation of variables  plane polar coordinates. Multipole expansion  
Th Mar 23 
Ch 3 sec 4 

Multipoles  more 
G3.21(a), (b), 3.24  Mar 28 
Tu Mar 28  Ch 4 sec 1, 2 
Ch 24 sec 5 , Ch 27 
Fields in dielectrics 

Th Mar 30 
Ch 13 
Ch 2325 
Midterm exam  G3.33, 3.45(a),(b)&(c).
3.49 
Apr 11 
Apr 37 
SPRING BREAK  
Tu Apr 11 
Ch 4 sec 2, 3 
Ch 27 
Polarization and electric displacement 

Th Apr 13  Ch 4 sec 4 
Boundary value problems with
dielectrics 
G4.18, 4.20 LB p27.47  Apr 18 

Tu Apr 18  Ch 4 sec 4 
Energy and Force 

Th Apr 20  Ch 5 sec 1 
Ch26 sec 2, Ch 28 sec 1, Ch29 
Magnetic force, current 
G4.5, 4.28, 4.29,4.36 
Apr 25 
Tu Apr 25  Ch 5 sec 2,3 
Ch 28 
Magnetic fields BiotSavart
Law, Ampere's Law 

Th Apr 27  Ch 5 sec 3 

Differential equations for B 
LB29.47, G5.7, 5.11, 6.2
(Show the result for a current loop of arbitrary shape.) 
May 2 
Tu May 2 
Ch 5 sec 3, 4 

Maxwell's equations, vector
potential 

Th May 4 
Advising day no class  G5.16, 5.45, 5.46  May 9 

Tu May 9 
Ch 5 sec 4 

vector potential, scalar potential, boundary conditions. 

Th May 11 
Ch 6 sec 1, 2 
Ch 29 sec 4, Ch 30 
Magnetic materials 
G5.22, 5.41, 5.56  May 16 
Tu May 16  Ch 6 sec2,3 

B and H 

Th May 18  Ch 6 sec 3,4 
Ferromagnetism, magnetic shielding 
G6.1, 6.12, ,6.26 
May 18  
Th May 18  Ch 16 
Ch 2330 
Review. Final exam handed out in class  
Th May 25  11:00 am  Takehome final examination due  
Th May 25 
10:45 
Final Examination. (Official date) 