PHYS 405
Electromagnetic Theory Fall 2009
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
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We will review Maxwell’s equations and use them to study a range of topics–electric fields and matter, magnetic materials, light, radiation–exploring phenomena and seeking to gain an intuitive understanding. We will also learn some useful approximation techniques and some beautiful mathematical tools.
The class will meet as a whole once per week for an hour lecture on new material and to discuss questions on the readings. Each week a second tutorial meeting with the instructor will be scheduled; here, students will take turns working problems on the chalkboard. Written solutions to problems will be due a few days after the tutorial meeting.
The Class: Format: tutorial, 1 and 1/4 hours per week; lecture, one hour per week
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1131
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly problem sets, tutorial participation, presentations, and a final exam or final project, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
Prerequisites: Physics 202 and Physics 210 or Mathematics 210
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

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