Instructor: David Cobden
Email: cobden@uw.edu
Office: B432 Physics-Astronomy Building; Lab: B308
Telephone: (206) 543-2686

Lectures: Tuesday and Thursday 9:00-10:20, PAA 110
Examples classes: Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday, 10.30-11.20, PAB 109
Professor's office hours: each morning after class, or any time you find me in my office, or by appointment if you prefer, PAB 432
Study with the TA: Thursdays, 3-5 pm, B417
TAs: Ryan Hazelton, Akshay Ghalsasi, Boris Dzyubenko


Equation sheets for Physics 321322 and 323

Examples classes: Each week the TA works through problems illustrating concepts from the Tue-Th classes. Solutions will not be posted. Examples classes are an integral part of the course, being the third class of the week in this 4-credit course.

Office hours: In addition to "official" office hours I guarantee to be happy to help you any time you find me in my office, B432.

Study with the TA: These are gatherings of students to work on the homework or other problems with the help of a TA.

Books: our primary text is Introduction to Electrodynamics, Fourth Edition, by David J. Griffiths, (Pearson, 2013). Page and problem numbers are different from those in the earlier editions. You can't learn a subject properly from a single text book. Please refer frequently to other texts. One problem with Griffiths' book is that it pretends the rest of physics, science and technology doesn't exist. There are many other excellent and classic E&M texts. Please explore them.

Homework: assigned and graded most weeks

Exams: Midterm 1 and Midterm 2 are two of the five course grading units. The Final is another two units. Examination dates are given on the schedule page. Exams are closed book and closed notes, and no calculators (here's why). You are expected to know the relevant equations from the equation sheet, and you will get points for this memory feat.

Final grade calculation:  Your final grade (up to 4.0) will be calculated from the best four of the following five units: midterm 1 (1 unit); midterm 2 (1 unit); final exam (2 units); and total score on your best 7 homeworks (1 unit). So if you mess up one exam or do no homework you can still get a high grade if you do well in the other two components. The median final grade is likely to be around 3.2.

Web pages: Keep an eye out here for announcements, homework, new resources, and surveys. The class schedule will be updated as we go.

Resources page: Let me know if you find useful links to add here.

Goals of the course: The student should gain understanding of electrodynamics. Heavy emphasis will be placed on problem solving, and mathematical methods learned in previous maths and physics courses will be employed. Successful completion of the course should result in a student gaining a professional ability to solve a wide variety of technical problems involving partial differential equations. We shall also discuss some modern physics topics within the context of electromagnetism.


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