Classical Electrodynamics II, Fall 2009


  • This course is being offered to students of the 7th semester at IISER Pune. It is being taught by Dr Prasad Subramanian.


    The course is a followup to Classical Electrodynamics I, and will generally cover electromagnetic radiation and allied aspects. The following is the list of books/resource materials that will be used:

    (parts of) Chapters 10, 11 and 12 of Griffiths

    (parts of) Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 14 from Classical Electrodynamics, J. D. Jackson, third edition.

    (parts of) Chapters 3 and 8 from Principles of Optics, Born & Wolf, 7th edition.

    Here is a collection of papers from the American Journal of Physics that will be used as resource material. Each student is required to present any one of these papers in class.

    Here is a short derivation of the Kramers-Kronig relations.

    We will have one quiz (15%), one midterm (30%) and one final exam (35%). The quiz will likely be closed book one, and the midterm and final exams will be open book. The presentation will be worth 20%.

    Detailed plan

    Review of Chapter 10, Griffiths (especially Jefimenko's Eqs)
    6.7, 6.8, 6.9, Jackson
    7.5, 7.8, 7.9, 7.10, Jackson
    8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.7, 8.8, 8.10, 8.11 Jackson
    9.1, 9.2, 9.4, Jackson

    Chapter 4 of Radiation Processes in Astrophysics, Rybicki & Lightman for special relativity, covariant formulation of electrodynamics and basics of radiation processes. Here are parts of Chapter 1 and Chapter 3

    Quiz in early October

    Midterm (some of chapter 10 might be moved up to before the midterm)

    10.1, 10.2, 10.5, 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.10, 10.11, Jackson

    Final

    Problem Set

    Prob 10.11, Griffiths
    Probs 6.10, 6.11, 6.12, Jackson
    Fill in details of Eq 7.58, Eq 7.86, Eq 7.91, Jackson
    Problems 7.5(a), 7.6(a), 7.12, 7.19, 7.20, 7.21, Jackson
    Understand Eq 8.34, derive Eq 8.138, Jackson
    Prob 9.27, 9.38, Griffiths, 8.4(a), 8.17(a), Jackson
    Prob 9.8 (a), (b), Jackson