Phys4101- Course Calendar Fall 2013

The course calendar will be updated frequently throughout the semester, so please check back. All documents will be deposited

into the course Moodle site, and linked into the calendar.


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Homework due

How homework is graded

Problem sets

Th 8-29

1 - Mathematical Review

1.1   Vector Algebra




Tu 9-3

1.2 Differential Calculus



Th 9-5


1.3 Line and surface integrals

Chapter Handout 1: problems 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10

Text Book: 1.13, 1.15, 1.18

(1.18 is ok to turn in next week)




Tu 9-10

1.3 Integral Theorems (Gauss, Stokes)




Th 9-12

1.4 Curvilinear Coordinates

1.5 Dirac delta function


1.19 div grad

Text Book:

(1.18 if you did not last week)

1.22 (older ed 1.21)  

1.29 (former 1.28) line integral

1.34 Stoke’s theorem


Tu 9-17

2 – Electrostatics

2.1-2 Coulomb force and electric field

electric dipole, matlab

electric dipole, mathematica


Problem Set 1 issued

Problem Set 1


Th 9-19

2.2 –Electric field – Gauss law, examples

Text Book:

1.54 (1.53 older ed.) divergence in sph coords

1.44 (1.43 old) delta function

1.63 (1.62 old) div

1.49 (1.48 old)

2.4 (E square loop) no-integral answer


1-36 image004

(and yes: unit vector conversion was mercifully omitted)


Consultations are held

We Th Fr Mo Tue

Link to Appointment slots

Tu 9-24

2.2 –Electric field – Gauss law, examples

2.3 –Electric Potential


Th 9-26

2.3 – Electrostatic potential – examples,

Problem Set 1 due answers

In-class quiz PS1 answers

Fr 9-27


Visit by Dr Rodmann Abbott ’80 (physics)

Associate Dean of Research

Naval Postgraduate School

In the frame of the UMM Alumni Networking Day

Visitors welcome


Room 3665

9:15 to 10:20 am

Tu 10-1

Nobel conference trip – no class




Th 10-3

boundary conditions


2.4 Work and energy


Friday 10-4

Make-up for Tuesday

2:15-3:20 pm


Work and energy

lecture notes


Text book

2.10 flux through side of cube – there is a hard way and an easy way to solve this problem

2.13 field of long wire



Tu 10-8

2.5 Conductors in Equilibrium

Surface charges and capacitance


Th 10-10

3 – Special Techniques

3.1 Laplace Equation – boundary conditions and uniqueness

2.26 potential difference cone

2.31 energy of point charge square

2.50 (2.46 old book) from potential to field and charge distribution


Tu 10-15

3.2 Method of Images

3.3 Separation of Variables


Problem Set 2 issued

Th 10-17

3.4 Multipole Expansion

3.5 Electric dipoles


Problem 3.1e relaxation method

(more info: see moodle Friday)


3.6 image charge problem: point charges above plane

3.9 image charge problem: line charges in neighborhood of conducting plane



Please follow the link above to schedule a consultation on either Friday or Wednesday next week. Other times are available upon request.

Tu 10-22

Fall break



Th 10-24

Dipole moment

Potential and Electric field of dipole

4 – Electric Fields in Matter

No other  homework due

Problem Set 2 due  answers

In-class quiz PS2  answers

Tu 10-29

4.1 Polarization Dipole Interaction



Th 10-31

4.2 Electric Field of a Polarized Object

4.3 Electric Displacement

3.29 (4th Ed)/ 3.37 (3rd Ed) 

Multipole expansion square of charge


3.33(4th Ed)/3.31(3rd Ed)

dipole and charge


4.4 (book) charge and polarizable atom


4.10 (book) polarized sphere




Tu 11-5

5 – Magnetostatics

5.1 Magnetic force and charge in motion




Th 11-7

5.2 Current densities, Biot-Savart law

3.45 (4th Ed)/3.39 (3rd Ed)

Long cylindrical shell with  s0

 (moved here from last week)


analytical solution

plots of analytical solution (Mathematica)


4.15 thick polarized shell (charge density, D, E)


Chapter handout 5:  problem 5-3: trajectory in B and E

plot of trajectory

Book 5.4: force on square loop in B(z)


Tu 11-12

5.3 Divergence and Curl of B



Th 11-14

5.4 Magnetic Vector Potential

Book 5.6: phonograph and solid sphere

Book 5.8: B of square loop

Book 5.9 Biot Savart for differently shaped wires

Book 5.11 field of solenoid (juggle angles)



Problem Set 3 issued

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Tu 11-19

5.5 Magnetostatic Boundary conditions

5.6 Magnetic Dipoles



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Th 11-21

6. Magnetic Fields in Matter

6.1 Magnetization

6.2 Field of a magnetized object 6.3 Auxiliary Field

6.4 Susceptibility and permeability

5.15(4th)/5.14(3rd) field in thick slab

5.30 (4th)/5.29(3rd) field inside uniformly charged sphere

5.37b(4th)/5.36(3rd) magnetic dipole moment of spinning shell


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Tu 11-26

7 Electrodynamics

7.1 Ohm’s Law,


Problem Set 3 due



In-class quiz PS3

quiz answers

Th 11-28




Tu 12-3

motional EMF




Th 12-5

7.2 Electromagnetic induction

(forgot to post)


Tu 12-10

Induction and inductance

7.3 Maxwell’s Equations



Final problem set issued

Consultations are optional

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Th 12-12

Maxwell’s equations and

Electromagnetic Waves

6.12 a long magnetized cylinder

7.7 frictionless metal bar

7.11 falling loop

7.16 Alternating current in co-ax setting

7.20 Inductance

7.22 self-inductance


Take-home final exam


Final PS due Thursday, 12-19, 3 pm

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