PHYS 354: Electricity
and Magnetism II
An examination of the role of special relativity in electromagnetic phenomena. Maxwell’s equations introduced in a relativistic manner, and used to investigate the properties of electromagnetic waves. Includes techniques for solving the equations of Laplace and Poisson in electrostatics.
Prerequisites: PHYS 353; pre/co-requisite: MATH 261 recommended. Liberal Arts.
The course will begin by introducing several mathematical techniques for solving boundary-value problems in electrostatics. This will be followed by an investigation of the importance of special relativity in electromagnetic phenomena using tensor geometry. Maxwell's equations are introduced in a relativistic manner, and used to investigate the properties of electromagnetic waves.
Class Time MWF 11:55-1:00 PM
Instructor Dr. Hoffman
“I think that men of science as well as other men need to learn from Christ, and I think that Christians whose minds are scientific are bound to study science that this view of the glory of God may be as extensive as their being is capable of.”
– James Clerk Maxwell, Letter to the Victoria Society, 1875, in L. Campbell and W. Garnett, The Life of James Clerk Maxwell, (Macmillan, London, 1882).