Instructor
Prof. Alejandro Manjavacas
Email: manjavacas@unm.edu
Office: P&A 21

Teaching assistant
Mr. Vahid Karimi
Email: vkarimi@unm.edu
Office: P&A 31

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. Maxwell's equations that constitute the laws
of EM are first-order partial differential equations
(PDEs) with respect to spatial and time variables and
involve vector fields, thus requiring sophisticated
vector-analysis methods. 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.

Instructor
Tuesday 12:15-13:15 and Thursday 12:15-14:00 in Room
21. These are nominal office hours, you are welcome to
come into my office at other times too if your
questions cannot wait, although I would appreciate if
you could send an email announcing your visit.
Sometimes, this drop-in approach may not work if I am
very busy or your question requires more than just a
few minutes, but in that case I will ask you to come
back at a later time.

Teaching assistant
The teaching assistant is Mr. Vahid Karimi (vkarimi@unm.edu).
He will be available on Mondays from 11:00 to 12:00
and Wednesdays from 2:00 to 4:00 in office P&A
31 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-1) 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 MT exams are tentatively scheduled for February
13 and April 3, during
(extended) class time, and the final exam will be held
during the week of May 7-13.

Homework assignments

There will be 11 assignments during the semester.
The assignments will be posted in the tentative schedule
about 7-10 before they are due. Late homework
policy: homework returned in the next 24 hours after
the due date will be accepted but with 50%
penalization. After these 24 hours the corresponding solutions will be
posted here.

Problems class

Listed officially as Phyc 415.001 (Thursdays: 14:00
- 14:50 pm, Room 184). 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.

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 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.