PHY
331  Principles of Modern Electromagnetism
Fall 2008 Instructor: Dr. Igor A. Shovkovy 
Days: 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 
Time: 
12:55
p.m. – 1:45 p.m. 

Location: 
Academic Center 140
(Polytechnic) 
Description:
A study of
the unified description of electromagnetic phenomena provided by Maxwell’s equations
in differential and integral form. The planned list of topics includes
Maxwell’s equations, electrostatic
fields, Laplace’s and Poisson’s equations, dielectrics, magnetic fields and
materials, electromagnetic induction and Faraday’s law, displacement current
and Ampere’s law, electromagnetic waves, and, if time permits, the photon
theory of light.
Objectives: Students develop a sound theoretical understanding
of electromagnetism
Prerequisites: APM 270 (Mathematics of Change I), MAT 274
(Elementary Differential Equations) or MAT 275 (Modern Differential Equations).
Students should have practical knowledge of using differential equations to
solve physics problems.
Textbook: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd
edition) by David J. Griffiths.
Attendance policy: Attendance is required. Students are
responsible for all material presented in class, all homework, and for all
changes to the schedule or plans announced in class.
My office is Wanner Hall 101L (Polytechnic campus)
My office telephone number
is 4807271953
My email address is Igor.Shovkovyasu.edu
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m,
and by appointment.
Grading policy:
Homework 
35 points 
Midterm exams 
30 points 
Quizzes 
10 points 
Final exam 
25 points 
TOTAL 
100 points 
The grades will be determined
as follows:
A (88100 points), B (7587.9
points), C (6274.9 points), D (5061.9
points), F (<50 points)
Homework. Homework is truly one of the most important
components in this course. This is because doing homework is the only way to
really learn the material and build a good intuition for physics. Solving physics problems effectively is a skill that
students must develop. The only known way to achieve this is by practicing. The
lectures will only cover the key concepts. The text will elaborate on these
concepts and provide further explanation of their meaning and on how one uses
them to solve problems. There is no way to do well in this course if you do not
give the homework assignments the effort they require. (Allow about 6 hours per
week for homework assignments.)
Your homework assignment
should be neatly and clearly written. The front page should list your name, the
date and the homework assignment number. Each problem should be clearly
labeled. The problem solutions should contain detailed explanations. Late homework will not be accepted. However, your
lowest single homework score will be dropped.
Midterm
exams. There will be two midterm
exams on the dates shown below in the tentative schedule. Each midterm exam
covers the chapters covered since the beginning of the course, or since the last
midterm exam. Textbooks and notes will not be permitted during the
exams.
Quizzes. There will be 2 or 3 short quizzes during the
semester. Books and notes will not be permitted during quizzes. The
tentative dates of quizzes are given in the schedule below, but the actual
dates will be announced in class. Quizzes will cover issues from the homework
assignments, from the lecture, or from the textbook.
Final
Exam. A comprehensive final exam is scheduled for December 12, 2008 (Friday)
at 9:50 a.m. Textbooks and notes
will not be permitted during the final exam.
Electronic devices. The use of cell phones, pagers, personal digital
assistants (PDAs), iPods, laptops, and other similar electronic devices is not permitted during lectures, exams
and quizzes.
Tentative schedule
The
exact schedule for lectures, quizzes and examinations will depend on how long
it takes to cover the material. The following is my best guess as of now
(August 2008).
Dates 
Tentative schedule 
August 25 
First
class 
September 1 
Labor
Day – No class 
September 26 
1^{st} quiz 
October 6 
1^{st} midterm exam 
October 31 
2^{nd} quiz 
November 19 
2^{nd} midterm exam 
November 28 
Thanksgiving
Holiday – No class 
December 5 
3^{rd} quiz 
December 8 
Last
class 
Dec 12, 2008 
FINAL EXAM (9:50 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.) 
Selected course materials,
handouts, and grades can be obtained from ASU Blackboard.
The
course name is PHY331Principles of
Modern Electromagnetism (Fall 2008).
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Last modified August
20, 2008