Classical fields / Electrodynamics
Syllabus, Spring semester 2014
MWF 12:00-1:00 pm, in SC 203.
Content and learning objectives
The classical theory of electric and magnetic fields is developed using vector calculus. This is the course in which you're going to use everything you learned in Calc III, and then some! Topics include dielectric and magnetic materials, Maxwell's field equations, and electromagnetic waves. Prerequisites: Phys 203-204-General Physics I and II.
This is a 3 credit hour course. The College expectation is that you are spending 2-4 hours outside class for every hour in class for an average grae = 9-15 hrs / week.
Text / course materials
- Required text -- David J. Griffiths. Introduction to Electrodynamics (4th edition). Pearson, 2013.
- Wolfram Mathematica -- Available on GC lab computers. Getting started / reference
- Lecture notes / schedule -- Shortcut to remember: goshen.edu/fields; Best to bookmark: goshen.edu/physix/303/#today
- Grades -- ...and other course material on moodle.goshen.edu.
- E-mail -- Read your firstname.lastname@example.org e-mail regularly, or forward it to your favorite e-mail service.
|problem writeups (2)||8% 12%|
|2 1 midterm exam||38% 23%|
|final exam||23% 32%|
minimum grade outcomes:
- A/A- 93%/90
F < 60%
I may adjust this scheme down a bit (e.g. 89% might end up being good
enough for an A), but I certainly won't adjust it up.
Grades are intended to reflect the degree to which the content has been mastered - not the performance of one student in relation to others.
Goshen College wants to help all students be as academically successful as possible. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor or Director of the Academic Resource and Writing Center, Lois Martin, early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. In order to receive accommodations, documentation concerning your disability must be on file with the Academic Resource and Writing Center, GL113, x7576, email@example.com. All information will be held in the strictest confidence. The Academic Resource and Writing Center offers tutoring and writing assistance for all students. For further information please see www.goshen.edu/studentlife/arwc/.