Instructor
Prof. Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine
Email: fycr@unm.edu
Office: PAIS 3214

Teaching assistant
Mr. Bisweswar Patra
Email: bpatra@unm.edu
Office: PAIS 1514

Description of the class

The goal of this
class is to introduce the subject of classical
electromagnetism at the advanced undergraduate level.
This class correspond to the first part of a
two-semester sequence of classes intended to cover the
standard topics of classical electrodynamics in a
mathematically sophisticated and conceptually rigorous
manner. Much of this first part will be concerned with
electrostatics and magnetostatics, but some discussion
of electromagnetic induction ("Faraday's law") will be
also presented, leaving most of the dynamics,
including relativistic interactions with the
electromagnetic field to be covered in the second
part, Physics 406.

Classical electromagnetism (EM) is fundamentally a
local theory of vector fields and its proper treatment
requires methods of vector analysis and differential
equations. We will briefly review these mathematical
concepts in the first few lectures of the class. For
static fields interacting with charges at rest or in
steady motion, the electric and magnetic fields
decouple from one another so they can be treated
independently. Such independent treatment of
electrostatics and magnetostatics is the central
content of this class. Many of the concepts introduced
in this class can be applied to other physical
contexts, making this course a central pillar of a
physicist academic career.

This course will now be
entirely online. Lectures will take place through
Zoom (see below for details), and you will be able
to submit your assignments online on the UNM Learn platform.
My "office" hours will also take place virtually on
Zoom (see link below). For your convenience, I
have extended my office hours.

Textbook for the class Introduction
to Electrodynamics (4th Edition) by D.
Griffiths. Older editions of the book are likely fine
as well. The course will roughly cover Chapters 1-6.

Instructor
Tuesday 11:00am-12:30pm and Thursday 3:00-5:00pm on Zoom at https://unm.zoom.us/j/324973003.
These are my preferred "office" hours. If you
can't make my regular office hours, or if your
questions cannot wait, please send me an email to set
up an appointment.

Teaching assistant
The teaching assistant is Mr. Bisweswar Patra (bpatra@unm.edu).
He will be available on Mondays 9-10:30am in office
1514 for you to drop in and discuss any homework
grading issues you may have. If you need to schedule
an appointment outside of the TA's office hours
please send him an email.

Grading

The grading in the course will be based on your
performance in homework assignments, two midterm
exams, and a final exam. The contribution to the final
grade is as follows:

Homework: the best (n-2) scores of the n
assignments will represent the 20% of the final
grade.

Midterm exams: each of them will represent the 25%
of the final grade.

Final: will represent the remaining 30% of the
final grade.

The midterm exams are tentatively scheduled for
February 19 and April 1 during
(extended) class time, and the final exam will be held
during the week of May 11-15.

Homework assignments

There will be 11 assignments during the semester.
The assignments will be posted in the tentative schedule
about 7-10 days before they are due. The login
information necessary to access the homework PDFs
will be provided in the first class. The homework must be submitted on
the UNM Learn
platform at 5pm on the day they are due.
Late homework policy: homework returned in the next
24 hours after the due date will be accepted but
with 10% penalization. After these 24 hours the corresponding
solutions will be posted here.

While I strongly
encourage you to discuss the homework
assignments with your classmates, the work you
hand in must be entirely yours.

Problems class

Listed officially as PHYC 415 (Wednesdays: 12:00 -
12:50 pm, on Zoom at https://unm.zoom.us/j/628449537).
This is a very important adjunct to the
main lecture class. It will provide you additional
practice with solving problems beyond the homework
assignments and self study. We will also cover some
examples of numerical approaches to solve problems
in electrostatics and magnetostatics. Furthermore,
the class will also give you a valuable opportunity
to bring to my attention your difficulties with any
concepts covered in the lecture class so I can
address them in a group setting. The problem sheets
would be posted here
the Monday before the problem class. The
corresponding solutions will be posted after the
class. You will receive credit for the problems
class as long as you register and show up for more
than 10 sessions.

Learning Outcomes

Compute the electric field and electric potential
for simple static charge distributions and boundary
conditions.

Compute the trajectory and energy of a charged
particle in the presence of a static electric field.

Understand the behavior of the electric field and
potential in the presence of a conductor.

Understand the behavior of the
electric field and potential in the presence of a
dielectric.

Compute the magnetic field and
vector potential for a steady current.

Compute the
trajectory and energy of a charged particle in
the presence of a static magnetic field.

Understand the
behavior of the magnetic field and vector
potential in the presence of matter.

Compute the energy
stored in static electric and magnetic fields.

In accordance with
University Policy 2310 and the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), academic accommodations may be
made for any student who notifies the instructor of
the need for an accommodation. It is imperative that
you take the initiative to bring such needs to the
instructor’s attention, as I am not legally permitted
to inquire. Students who may require assistance in
emergency evacuations should contact the instructor as
to the most appropriate procedures to follow. Contact
Accessibility Resource Center at (505) 277-3506 for
additional information.

If you need an accommodation based on how course
requirement interact with the impact of a disability,
you should contact me to arrange an appointment as soon
as possible. At the appointment we can discuss the
course format and requirements, anticipate the need for
adjustments and explore potential accommodations. I rely
on the Disability Services Office for assistance in
developing strategies and verifying accommodation needs.
If you have not previously contacted them I encourage
you to do so.

Each student is expected to maintain the highest
standards of honesty and integrity in
academic and professional matters. The University
reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to
and including dismissal, against any student who is
found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails
to meet the standards. Any student judged to have
engaged in academic dishonesty in course work may
receive a reduced or failing grade for the work in
question and/or for the course.
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to,
dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming
credit for work not done or done by others; hindering
the academic work of other students; misrepresenting
academic or professional qualifications within or
without the University; and nondisclosure or
misrepresentation in filling out applications or other
University records.

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UNM faculty member, I am required to inform the Title IX
Coordinator at the Office of Equal Opportunity
(oeo.unm.edu) of any report I receive of gender
discrimination which includes sexual harassment, sexual
misconduct, and/or sexual violence. You can read the
full campus policy
regarding sexual misconduct. If you have
experienced sexual violence or sexual misconduct, please
ask a faculty or staff member for help or contact LOBORESPECT.

Citizenship and/or Immigration Status:
All students are welcome in this class regardless of
citizenship, residency, or immigration status.
Your professor will respect your privacy if you choose
to disclose your status. UNM as an institution has made
a core commitment to the success of all our students,
including members of our undocumented community. The
Administration's welcome is found on our website.