May 06, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 381 - Electromagnetic Theory I

Topics in electrostatics including electric fields, electric potential, Gauss’ law, electrostatic energy, and multipole expansions.

Prerequisites: PHYS 113 or PHYS 123 or PHYS 183 and MATH 265 and MATH 273.

Credits: (4)

Learner Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Develop an appreciation of and facility for applications of the principles of electromagnetic theory (and specifically electrostatics) and the consequences thereof for a variety of systems of intermediate complexity.
  • Develop familiarity and facility with some commonly used analytical tools for physical problems: coordinate systems, vector calculus, integration techniques, potential theory, multipole expansion, differential equations, application of boundary conditions, separation of variables, physical intuition.
  • Develop understanding of the overall structure of the discipline of physics particularly with respect to classical field theories.

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