Course #PH2351

Est.imated Completion Time: 3 months


Electrostatic fields in vacuum and dielectrics, electrostatic energy and capacitors. The magnetic field of steady currents, Biot-Savart and Ampere's Laws, vector potential, magnetic properties of matter. Faraday's law. Magnetic energy. Maxwell's Equations. Prerequisites: Basic course in electricity and magnetism, multivariable calculus, vector calculus, and differential equations.


  • PH1322
  • MA1116
  • MA2121

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will understand the following concepts, with demonstrated ability to solve differential calculus-based problems for each:

·       Coulomb’s law, including the concepts of electric force, field, and potential

·       Energy in electric fields and capacitance

·       Laplace and Poisson’s equations, including expansion-based solution methods

·       Magnetostatics, including magnetic field, Biot-Savart law, and Ampere’s law

·       Electric and magnetic fields in materials, polarization and magnetization, bound charges and currents

·       Time varying fields, Lenz’s law, Faraday’s law

·       Maxwell’s equations in vacuum, in materials, and boundary conditions

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Application Deadlines

  •  08 Jul 2024

    Fall Quarter applications due

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