PHYS 353: Electricity and Magnetism I

Co-requisite: MATH 225. Liberal Arts.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 152.

Course Description

An introduction, with applications, to the classical theory of electric and magnetic fields. The course will begin with an overview of vector calculus for electromagnetic theory and will develop Maxwell’s equations. Three lecture hours each week.

Electro- and magnetostatics and dynamics are developed using vector formalism. After a review of vector algebra and calculus,  we will cover such topics as Coulomb’s Law, electric and magnetic fields, scalar and vector potentials, Gauss’ Law, Ampere’s Law, conductors, dielectrics and magnetic materials and Faraday’s Law. Finally, we will conclude by pulling together everything we have learned into one coherent form called Maxwell’s Equations.

Useful Information

Instructor          Dr. Yuly
Office Hours     MWF 3:00-4:00 PM
Office                P106

Class Time        MWF 9:55-11:00 AM

Course Materials

Course Syllabus
Example Problem Write-up


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Other Links

Electrostatics in dielectric media
Electrostatic boundary conditions
Magnetostatics in magnetic media
Magnetostatic boundary conditions

Michael Faraday
Michael Faraday, image from Wikimedia.

Faraday found no conflict between his religious beliefs and his activities as a scientist and philosopher. He viewed his discoveries of nature’s laws as part of the continual process of “reading the book of nature”, no different in principle from the process of reading the Bible to discover God’s laws.”

Jim Baggot, in New Scientist No. 1787 (21 September 1991).


“I shall be with Christ, and that is enough.”

Michael Faraday’s last words, from The Speaker’s QuoteBook (1997) edited by Roy B. Zuck, p. 108