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PHYS 350 Electricity and Magnetism


The objective of this course is to understand the basic theories describing electric and magnetic phenomena and how they also describe propagating waves such as light and radio. In addition you will see how this led Einstein to one of the two postulates of special relativity.

Topics include: Maxwell’s equations in differential form, electrodynamics, electromagnetic waves, special relativity.

After taking this course you will be able to;

  • use vector calculus to describe electric and magnetic phenomena.
  • determine the electric and potential fields produced by various charge distributions.
  • determine the magnetic field produced by various currents.
  • calculate the effect of materials on electric and magnetic fields.
  • understand the circuit elements of resistance, capacitance and inductance.
  • understand how electromagnetic waves propagate.
  • understand special relativity.