The application of Maxwell's theory to the propagation of electromagnetic waves.

**Place & Time:** *Lectures:*
Hebb 12 - Mon, Wed & Fri 09:00-09:50.
*Tutorials:* Angus 312 - Mon 12:00-12:50.

**Instructor:**
**Jess H. Brewer**

*Office:*
Hennings 320A: 822-6455

*Lab:*
TRIUMF: 222-1047, ext 6471

*Office Hours:* After class (usually until around noon)
or by appointment. (Email me)

In addition, the teaching assistant (graduate student
Bruno Mundim)
who marks the weekly assignments may be willing to
answer specific questions by appointment.

** References: **
(if you're looking for more)

- E.M. Purcell, "
*Electricity and Magnetism*" (slightly lower level than Griffiths, very nicely done) - Feynman, Leighton & Sands, "
*The Feynman Lectures on Physics*", Vol. 2 (great book - a universal favourite of grad students studying for orals) - Corson & Lorraine, "
*Electromagnetic Fields and Waves*" (level similar to Griffiths but more "nuts & bolts") - Jerry B. Marion, "
*Classical Electromagnetic Radiation*" (level similar to Griffiths but emphasizing mathematical elegance) - J.D. Jackson, "
*Classical Electrodynamics*" (if you want something to sink your teeth into - graduate level E&M - this is just a tad above our level) - L.D. Landau & E.M. Lifshitz,
"
*Electrodynamics of Continuous Media*" (if you want to do it right the first time) - Arfken, "
*Mathematical Methods for Physicists*" (great reference for mathematics, vector calculus, differential equations, tensors, special functions, coordinate systems, complex variable theory, Fourier analysis and a wide variety of applications in all fields of physics, including E&M)

ITEM |
MARKS |

Best 8 Assignments |
20 |

Best Midterm Exam |
30 |

Seminar & Writeup |
10 |

Final Exam |
40 |

TOTAL |
100 |

*COLLABORATION: *
You are encouraged to seek help from each other in doing the homework;
discussing the problems in a study group is a great way to learn,
but I expect each student to write up (and understand!)
his/her own solutions handed in for grading.
This is taken very seriously - students have been
thrown out of school for copying!
`(`I apologize if I am insulting your intelligence
by stating the obvious; this probably won't be the last time.
`;-)`

* SEMINARS: *
Each student will investigate a topic of his/her choice
(subject to my approval)
and share it with the class in a short

In keeping with the "Conference" model,
I would like to present each of you with a hard copy
of the "*Physics 401 Seminar Proceedings*":
a collection of all your essays, or rather all those which
you give me permission (in writing) to include.
(Written permission is necessary because otherwise
I would be violating your copyrights.)
Although I am always tempted to suggest "publication" on the Web,
this does invite others to "borrow" your ideas.
If there is any interest, I can set up a *wiki* for this purpose.
Participation in such a "collaborative publication"
would of course be strictly voluntary.

Janis McKenna (who taught PHYS 401 last year) provided a list of suggested topics in case you need a little help getting started.

* MIDTERMS: *
There will be

*MISSED EXAMS: *
University policies define clearly what constitute valid excuses
for missing exams. Some of these involve giving advance notice
to the instructor, others require confirmation in writing by
third parties. You should familiarize yourself with these rules.
I have several of my own: first, I **do** accept participation in
varsity athletic events as a valid reason to miss an exam, but
I expect advance notice in writing specifying all the details.
Second, I **do not** offer *written* make-up midterms.
If you miss a midterm exam for a valid reason,
you have the choice of simply omitting it
(using the other midterm mark to compute your average)
or taking an __ oral exam__ instead.
(In an oral exam I ask you questions and listen to your anwsers
for about an hour; by that time I usually have a good idea
of how well you understand the subject.)
If you are so unfortunate as to miss

* FEEDBACK: *
You have to do all the work of learning,
but there may be things I can do to make it more fun, more efficient,
more rewarding or more useful. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
There are several

We are working on methods to make anonymous feedback possible without also allowing "ballot-stacking" (submitting the same responses more than once). This is a tricky proposition; probably the best we can do will be to make the personal identity of respondents known only to a third-party database to which the surveyor is denied access. Any suggestions?

Jess H. Brewer Last modified: Fri Jan 20 10:06:23 PST 2006