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PHY 530: Electromagnetism I

Course Information

Please note that exact details of the course can vary

Professor: Gerhard Muller
Semester: Fall in alternate years
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: PHY510, PHY520 (readily waived by permission numbers).

Catalog Description: Electrostatics, including boundary value problem. Multipoles, electrostatics of macroscopic media, dielectrics. Magnetostatics. Time-varying fields, Maxwell equations, conservation laws. Plane electromagnetic waves, wave propagation. Wave guides, resonant cavities. Magnetic materials

Course Goals & Outcomes

Upon completion, successful students will be able to:

  • Understand important topics of classical electromagnetism
  • Further develop critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Conduct physics research on a better foundation

Course Description

This course meets 2 times per week for lecture.
Topics covered in this course include:

  • Electrostatics
  • Dielectrics
  • Magnetism and magnetic materials
  • Electrodynamics
  • Relativity
  • Optics
  • Radiation

Contact Information: Gerhard Muller (

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