Classical Electrodynamics

Physics 532
Dr. N. L. Markworth


Class Schedule:
10 - 11:50 am TR
137 Miller Science

Office Hours
TWRF 1:30 - 4:00 PM

Spring 1999
Room S-328
Markworth's Home Page

This is a graduate level course in advanced electromagnetism. The goal is to give
the student an in-depth understanding of the field. The text is the new third edition
of J. D. Jackson's Classical Electrodynamics. Wiley publishers maintain a web site
for the text at

The class is held in the multimedia studio in the Miller Science Building on the campus
of SFASU. During the last hour of the week (11 - 1150 am) we will hold a joint session
by two-way interactive video with the class members at Texas A&M Commerce.
These sessions will be predominantly problem solving drills. Students should be prepared
to participate.

Course work will consist of…



Problem Sets


Textbook Proofs


The exams will be conducted on the following dates and will each cover a limited amount
of course material, which at this point, must remain flexible.

Feb 16, 1000 - 1150

April 1, 1000 - 1150

May 11, 1030 - 1230

The problems will be taken from the text. Complete, easily followed solutions are expected.
Where graphical results are requested, students should use a good spreadsheet, MathCad,
or Mathematica. Textbook proofs will be nearly daily assignments intended to help the
student delve into the textbook by supplying the missing steps in the arguments.

Several methods of electronic communication will be attempted, but the primary means
of transmitting course work will be via email. My address is
Neatly done hand work may be scanned and submitted as picture files or you may choose
to use a word processor and equation editor. I am currently using MS Word 97 which
can convert from most common processor formats. I will create a small file for you
to enter and submit to me to see if we can communicate in this way.

Grades will be assigned based upon the normal scale:

A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 60 - 69
F < 60

This syllabus and other course materials can be made available in other formats.