PHYSICS 405
Spring 2006
 Lecture:
 MWF 10:00  10:50 AM ,
 PandA 184
 Daniel Finley

 (P451056) Problem Session:
 Wedn.: 3:30  4:20 PM ,
 PandA 5
 

Maxwell (18311879)

Introduction to the Class
This is the beginning semester of a general
introduction to electric and magnetic phenomena, and their interactions.
The phenomena involved are best described by what are now referred to as
Maxwell's equations,
a set of 8 equations relating 2 vector fields, and
, and their sources and
.
The goal of the course is to eventually understand why this is true, and how it came to be
that all these relationships,
originally determined by other people, came to have this name.
This semester we will principally study how the two fields behave individually,
under static conditions,
while next semester we will see how they combine,
so that the subject is properly referred to as electromagnetism.
Click on this link for a current version of the
class syllabus
.
It will be added to from
time to time, as noted there, so please look at it regularly.
 Office: Physics & Astronomy Bldg., 800 Yale Boulevard, Room 168
 Telephone: 2778799 ;
email: finley@tagore.phys.unm.edu
 Office Hours:
 my formal office hours are after class,
from 11 to 12, and also Wedn. afternoon from 2 to 3 pm.
 in my office, at ANY time that you
come by and I am there without other people;
 I am happy to talk with you about physics, math, or how they
relate to the world, your text, and/or your assigned homework!
 The class has a Teaching
Assistant, Pavel Sladek,
who will also be available for discussions and/or
questions, holding office hours in the department lobby, on
Wednesday afternoons beginning at 2 pm.
You may also send him email
by clicking
here, suggesting a time
and place for you to meet with him.
Texts:
 Introduction to Electrodynamics,
David J. Griffiths;
we intend to cover the first 7 chapters this semester.

 div, grad, curl and all that,
h. m. schey;
a supplemental book for the essential vector calculus of the title.

However, 
it is important that you begin to learn how to read from more than one source.


Therefore I have appended a
website
that lists several other plausible
sources of material concerning electromagnetism. The first several in the
list are on reserve loan in
the department office, and may be checked out for 2hour periods or overnight.
There will be assigned readings
in them from time to time.

There will
be three examinations, homework assignments due on Mondays and Fridays, at the time of
the (beginning of the) class.
As well, there will be
a comprehensive final examination.
The examinations will be given during the time for the problem session of that day.
The problem session, P. 451056, is designated as optional,
but I urge you to take it.
It will be very useful for help with the problems, and especially
with mathematical difficulties that you may have.
Also note that the examinations are given at this time,
on those 3 days when we have exams.
A list of the problems used in the Problem Sessions is provided
here.
Assigned Homework will be very important in your process of learning
the material being discussed. Therefore, it will
count 20% of your
final course grade. Each of the exams will also constitute 20%, plus yet another
20% for the Final Exam, for a total of 100%. [You must take the Final Exam.]
Solutions to the homework may be accessed
from links on the assignment pages as they become available.
Direct links are here to go to
the listing of homework assignments.

homework sets I, preparing for the first exam;

homework sets II, preparing for the second exam;

homework sets III, preparing for the third Exam.

homework sets IV, preparing for the fourth/final Exam.
Links to the solutions are provided on the homework assignment pages.
Links to various additional comments or computer modelling, appended to
the class:
Below you will find various weblinks to things happening
in physics and astronomy.
Links to Exciting Physics News
Updated as I find time.
latest values of
the constants in physics
An
index for pictures of famous physicists is at this location.
Click here to return to
the top of this page.


finley@tagore.phys.unm.edu


Last updated/modified: 10 February, 2006

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