The course is intended for undergraduate students in physics, engineering, math, and other fields, who have already had an undergraduate level courses in mechanics and electricity and magnetism.
The topics include electrostatics (electric charges, electric fields, electric potential, etc.), magnetostatics (magnetic fields, magnetic materials), electric currents, and the connections between them as evidenced in Faraday's Law of Electromagnetic Induction.
This is mostly about the theory, there is no laboratory for the course. The theory involves a certain amount of mathematical ability for the best understanding, especially in the areas of vector calculus and differential equations. We do the classical theory here, no quantum mechanics.
For more course information, including style of homework submission,
grading, and schedule,
go here:
Fall 2023 Physics 532 Syllabus.
Prof. Gary M. Wysin, wysin@phys.ksu.edu.
Office hours: MTW 12:30--1:30 p.m. (tentative) or by appointment.
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The textbook for the course is the well-known book,
Introduction to Electrodynamics, Third (2013) or Fourth (2017) Edition, by David J. Griffiths. The writing is very clear and it uses mostly standard notation and SI units. EM Fields I covers only the first 7 chapters of this book. Either the Third or Fourth editions are acceptable.
access since 2005/08/25.