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Physics 303
Classical fields / Electrodynamics

Syllabus, Spring semester 2014

MWF 12:00-1:00 pm, in SC 203.


Paul Meyer Reimer
Sci 011   ·   x7318   ·   paulmr@goshen.edu
gvoice: 312-3395

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


homework 28% 32%
problem writeups (2) 8% 12%
2 1 midterm exam 38% 23%
final exam 23% 32%
participation 3%

minimum grade outcomes:

    A/A- 93%/90
    B+/B/B- 87%/83/80
    C+/C/C- 77%/73/70
    D+/D 67%/60
    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.

Disability accommodations

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, lmartin@goshen.edu. 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/.

Image credits

WileyMCB - Maya Lin's Storm King Wavefield.