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 460 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 460  
Course Outline 
Spring 2006  

Date  Griffiths Reference  LB reference  Topic (click on links for lecture notes) 
Problems  Due date 
Tu Aug 29 
Ch 16; Ch 7 sec 1 
Overview of E&M, Chapter 26 
Current and resistance 

Th Aug 31 
Ch 7 sec 2 
Ch 30 sec 13 
Motional EMF 
LB Ch 26 p 31 
Aug 31 
Tu Sep 5 
Ch7 sec 3 
Ch 30 sec 15 
Faraday's Law, induced electric field 

Th Sep 7 
Ch10 sec 1 Ch 7 sec 2 
Ch 30 sec 3 Ch 31 
More about potential Inductance 
LB Ch 30 p 28, 81 Grads: In P81, find how the system reaches its steady state. G 7.1, 7.3 
Sep 7 
Tu Sep 12 
Ch 7 sec 2 
Ch 31  Inductance, Energy  
Th Sep 14 
Ch 7 sec 3 
Ch 30 sec 6 
Maxwell's equations Boundary conditions 
G 7.13, 7.20, 7.24 LB Ch 31 p 45 
Sep 14 
Tu Sep 19 
Ch 8 sec 1 
Ch 33 sec 2 
Conservation laws: Energy  

Th Sep 21 
Ch8 sec 2 
"Digging Deeper" Page 936 Ch 33 sec 2 
Conservation laws: Momentum Stressenergy tensor 
LB ch 31 p 79 Obtain an analytic result and comment before
obtaining a numerical value. G 7.30, 7.32, 7.34 
Sep 21 
Tu Sep 26 
Ch 8 sec 2 
Ch 33 sec 2  Conservation laws
momentum Stressenergy tensor, Angular momentum 

Th Sep 28 
Ch 8 sec 2 

Conservation laws
momentum Stressenergy tensor, Angular momentum 
G7.44, 7.54, 8.2 
Sep 28 
Tu Oct 3 
Ch 9 sec 1 
Ch 15 
The wave equation, Waves in 1D Boundary conditions, reflection and refraction 

Th Oct 5 
Ch 9 sec 1 
Ch 15 especially secs 3 & 5 
Boundary conditions, reflection and refraction Energy transmission 
G8.6, 8.8 
Oct 5 
Tu Oct 10 
Ch 9 sec 2 
Ch 16 sec 2, Ch 33 sec 1 
EM Waves in vacuum 

Th Oct 12 
Ch 9 sec 2 
Ch 33 sec 1, 2 and 3 
Waves in vacuum: radiation pressure 
LB ch 15 p73, 84 G 9.9 
Oct 12 
Tu Oct 17 
Ch 9 sec 3 
Ch 16 sec 5 
EM Waves in matter Reflection and refraction at normal incidence 

Th Oct 19 
Ch 9 sec 3 
Ch 16 sec 5, Ch 33 
Reflection and
refraction  oblique incidence 
G9.14, 9.33 LB Ch 33 p 30, 67 
Oct 19 
Tu Oct 24 
Ch 9 sec 3, 4 
Ch 33 sec 3 
Brewster's angle. Waves in conductors 

Th Oct 26 
Ch 9 sec 4 
Ch 16 sec 5 
A model for susceptibility dispersion 
G9.17, 9.34 
Oct 26 
Tu Oct 31 
Ch 9 sec 5 
Ch 33 sec 4 
Wave guides  
Th Nov 2 
Ch 9 sec 5 
Ch 33 sec 4 
Rectangular wave guide 
G9.25, 9.37 See note on
9.37 
Nov 2 
Tu Nov 7 
Ch 10 sec 1, 2  Potentials and gauge
transformations. Retarded potentials 

Th Nov 9 
Ch79  Midterm exam 
G9.28, 9.29 Grad students: in 9.29, verify that eq 8.14 is satisfied. 
Nov 9 

Tu Nov 14 
Ch 10 sec 2, 3 
Retarded potentials Lienard Wiechert potentials 

Th Nov 16 
Ch 10 sec 3 

Fields due to moving charges 
G 10.2, 10.8 
Nov 16 
Nov 2024 
THANKSGIVING BREAK  
Tu Nov 28 
Ch 11 sec 2 

Power radiated by a point charge  
Th Nov 30 
Ch 11 sec 1.1,2 
Electric Dipole radiation  G10.9a, 10.13, 10.18 
Nov 30 

Tu Dec 5 
Ch 11 sec 1.3 
Magnetic dipole radiation 

Th Dec 7 
Ch12 sec 1 
Ch 34 sec 1,2,3 
Special relativity postulates
and connection to E&M 
G 10.25, 11.10, 11.13 
Dec 7 
Tu Dec 12 
Ch 12 sec 2 
Ch 34 sec 4 
Relativistic mechanics 

Th Dec 14 
Ch 12 sec 3 
Ch 34 
Relativistic E&M  G11.11, LB p 34.38 G 12.45 
Dec 14 
Th Dec 14  Ch 712 
Ch 3034 
Review. Final exam handed out in class  

Tu Dec 19 
11:00 am  Takehome final examination due  
Tu Dec 19 
10:45 
Final Examination. (Official date) 