Phys 353, Special Relativity and Electrodynamics, Spring 2012, IISER Pune


  • This course is being offered to students of the 6th and 8th semester at IISER Pune. It is being taught by Dr Prasad Subramanian.


    The course is a followup to Classical Electrodynamics I. Students are expected to be well versed with basic electrodynamics and basic mathematical methods such as elementary differential equations, fourier analysis and tensor calculus. The following is the list of books/resource materials that will be used:

    (parts of) Chapters 1 - 9, Classical Field Theory, Landau and Lifshitz (Butterworth & Heinemann, fourth revised edition).

    (parts of) Chapters 1, 3 and 4 from Radiative Processes in Astrophysics, Rybicki & Lightman

    Occasional reference to Classical Electrodynamics, J. D. Jackson (Wiley Eastern, third edition).

    The grading will be based on two quizzes (30%), one midterm (30%) and one final exam (40%). The quizzes will likely be closed book, and the midterm and final exams will be open book.


    The tentative schedule is:

    (chapters and section numbers from Landau & Lifshitz's book)

    All of chapter 1, and sections 8, 9, 10 from chapter 2
    Quiz 1 (end of Jan 2012)
    Chapters 3 and 4
    Midterm exam (end of Feb 2012)
    sections 36, 37, 38, 40 of chapter 5
    Quiz 2 (end of Mar 2012)
    sections 46 and 47 of chapter 6, sections 62 and 63 of chapter 8, sections 66 and 67 of chapter 9
    Final exam (April 23 - 30)

    Problem Set 1

    Problem Set 2

    Quiz1 with answers

    Problem Set 3

    Mid-term exam with answers

    Problem Set 4

    Quiz2 with answers

    Final exam with answers