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Title

Electromagnetism
Author

Paul Abbott
Organization: University of Western Australia
Department: Physics
URL: http://www.physics.uwa.edu.au/~paul
Education level

College
Objectives

The second year undergraduate physics course consists of 13 lectures. The combination of vector calculus and wave physics can often be difficult when first encountered. A good way to gain confidence is to apply them in problems. Mathematica is used as the vehicle for the course notes and assignments and is used both as a calculation and visualization tool.
Materials

Recommended reading:
  • Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths
  • Electromagnetism: Principles and Applications by Lorrain and Corson
  • Volume 2 of The Feynman Lectures on Physics
Description

This course provides both an introduction to Electromagnetism and to Mathematica. A large proportion of the students taking this course use Mathematica to complete the assignments.

Topics:
These lecture notes are based on notes by Dr Tom R. Marsh of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Southampton. Introduction:
  • Aims
  • Structure
  • References
  • Assessment
  • Notes
  • Conventions
Gradients and potentials:
  • Introduction
  • The gradient
  • Summary
Gauss' Law, Gauss' Theorem and divergence:
  • Introduction
  • Coulomb's to Gauss' Law Applying Gauss' Law
  • Calculating the divergence
  • Poisson's equation, Laplace's equation, and Gauss' Theorem
  • Summary
Faraday's Law, Stokes' Theorem and curl:
  • Introduction
  • Faraday's Law of Induction
  • Curl and Stokes' Theorem
  • Differential version of Faraday's Law
  • Calculating the curl
  • General remarks on grad, div and curl
  • Summary
Magnetic fields:
  • Magnetic fields
  • Introduction
  • The Biot-Savart Law
  • Amperes Circuital Law
  • Summary
Electromagnetic Waves:
  • Introduction
  • The displacement current
  • Summary of Maxwell's Equations
  • General properties of waves
  • Wave equation from Maxwell's Equations
  • Relations between fields and the wave vector
  • Summary
  • Vector field identities
Appendices Appendix A: Differential Operators
  • Definitions
  • Examples
Appendix B: Dirac's Delta Function
  • Examples
  • Definition
  • Sequence
  • Three Dimensions
Subject

*Science > Physics > Electromagnetism
URL

http://physics.uwa.edu.au/information_for/current/second_year/electromagnetism