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PHY 331: Electricity and Magnetism

Course Information

Please note that exact details of the course can vary

Professor: Gerhard Muller

Semester: Spring

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: PHY204, MTH243

Course Goals & Outcomes:

Upon completion, successful students will be able to:

  • Understand electricity and magnetism on a level that uses standard mathematical tools.
  • Develop a conception of space and time adequate for understanding electrodynamics.
  • Develop and train problem-solving skills.
  • Establish the foundation for higher-level courses in physics, chemistry,  and engineering.

Course Description:

This course meets 2 times per week for lecture.

Topics covered in this course include:

  • Electrostatics of insulators and conductors
  • Dielectrics
  • Electric currents
  • Steady-state magnetism
  • Magnetic materials
  • Magnetic induction
  • Electrodynamics and Maxwell’s equations
  • Relativity
  • Optics
  • Wave guides and Transmission lines
  • Radiation

Detailed topic outline and lecture notes

Course syllabus for current semester available on Brightspace.

Contact Information: Gerhard Muller (

LEC: (3 crs.) Electrostatic fields and dielectric materials; magnetic fields, magnetic induction and magnetic materials; introduction to Maxwell’s equations. (Lec. 3) Pre: PHY 204 and MTH 243.

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