PHYS 405
Electromagnetic Theory Fall 2023
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

Class Details

This course builds on the material of Physics 201, and explores the application of Maxwell’s Equations to understand a range of topics including electric fields and matter, magnetic materials, light, and radiation. As we explore diverse phenomena, we will learn useful approximation techniques and beautiful mathematical tools. In addition to weekly tutorial meetings, the class will meet once a week as a whole to introduce new material.
The Class: Format: tutorial; Class will meet once as a whole to introduce new material and for informal discussion.
Limit: 30
Expected: 18
Class#: 1370
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly problem sets, tutorial participation, presentations, and a final exam or final project, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
Prerequisites: PHYS 202 and PHYS/MATH 210 or MATH 209 or MATH 309
Enrollment Preferences: Preference will be given to physics and astrophysics majors.
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: Physics courses are all heavily dependent on QFR skills. Phys 405 will feature extensive use of vector calculus and differential equations while also asking students to develop facility with approximation techniques in solving complex problems throughout the semester.

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