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PHYS 322 A: Electromagnetism

Summer Term: 
Meeting Time: 
MTTh 8:30am - 9:30am
PAA A110
Pavel Bolokhov

Syllabus Description:

Welcome to Physics 322 — the second Electromagnetism course in the series. You will learn more on about magnetostatics, Maxwell's equations and propagation of waves. While challenging and demanding, hope this will be an exciting, entertaining and illuminating experience for you!


Focus of Physics 322

This course provides a deeper look into the theory of electricity and magnetism. We shall study:

  • magnetostatics
  • magnetic fields in matter
  • Maxwell's equations
  • electromagnetic waves


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the implications of Ampère's and Biot-Savart's laws
  • Understand the nature of the vector potential
  • Understand the behaviour of magnetic fields in medium
  • Be perfectly familiar with Maxwell's equations
  • Know the nature of momentum and angular moment in Electrodynamics
  • Understand the details of propagation of electromagnetic waves


Required Course Materials


D.Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall — this is the main course textbook.

J.D.Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd Ed., Wiley — this book is considered a standard textbook on electrodynamics, and highly recommended to be consulted for additional clarity

L.D.Landau, E.M.Lifshitz, Classical Theory of Fields, 4th Ed., Butterworth-Heinemann — still modern and encyclopaedic resource which includes thorough treatment on electrodynamics. It is an upper-level book, but challenging yourself with it will only work in your favour

J.C.Maxwell, A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism, volumes 1 and 2, 4th Ed., Dover — this work marks the official beginning of the theory of electromagnetism, and is very enchanting in both educational and historical perspectives


Administrative Information

Instructor: Pavel A. Bolokhov Class meets: Mon Tue Thu 8:30–9:30am
Office: PAB 424 PAA 110
Email: Office hours: Tue 2:30–5:00pm
Teaching assistant: Sheh Lit Chang TA office: PAC221
TA email: TA office hours: see Tutorial Sessions below
Teaching assistant: Kevin Cutler TA office: PAB245
TA email: TA office hours: see Tutorial Sessions below
Teaching assistant: Dean Bretland TA office: PAC241
TA email: TA office hours: see Tutorial Sessions below
Teaching assistant: Adnan Khan TA office: PAB237
TA email: TA office hours: see Tutorial Sessions below
Teaching assistant: Tanner Rase TA office: PAB229
TA email: TA office hours: see Tutorial Sessions below

Help: if you have a physics question and cannot attend office hours, email me or drop by to set an appointment. If you have a personal question, feel free to email me



Students are responsible for all material covered in lectures. Please ask questions in class (highly encouraged), or drop by for office hours, or email your question (that might be more difficult to do, so use that as the last resort in special circumstances). Do every attempt to ask a question in person

Read the necessary chapter contents before the corresponding lecture. This will make attending a lecture a more complete experience and make it easier to follow the class material

Lecture notes:



  • Homework will be assigned each week
  • Assignments will be collected on paper
  • Lowest homework score will be dropped
  • If you earn 90% of the total possible points at the end of the quarter, you will get a full credit
  • Experience shows that students who spend time on homework problems get better scores on exams
Homework 1 Homework 2 Homework 3 Homework 4



There will be one mid-term test and a final examination. Formula sheets will be supplied with the test. You will want some spare paper. Smartphones have to be left at the front of the class.

The final examination grade will replace the mid-term grade if it turns out to be higher.

The final examination is on the final day of the class.

Mid-term sample problems and their solutions and the formula sheet

Final test sample problems and the formula sheet


Tutorial Sessions

Tutorial Sessions are mandatory and are carried out by the TAs. They involve a lot of practice work mostly dedicated to the conceptual understanding of the material. Please familiarize yourself with the description of tutorials. 


Grading Policy

  • Homework is 25%
  • the mid-term is 25%
  • the final exam is 25%
  • Attendance is 5%
  • Tutorials are 20%

In addition, an adjustment of up to ±5% may be applied to the final grade based on my subjective evaluation of such intangibles as attitude, preparedness, effort, class participation etc


Study Center

  • Students are encouraged to gather and work cooperatively in small groups in the Physics Study Center
  • The Physics Study Center is located in room AM018 of Physics and Astronomy Auditorium. To reach it, go down the stairs that circle behind the Foucault pendulum and proceed toward the end of the hall
  • Teaching assistants will be available for consultation during many portions of the day if your study group needs assistance, but staffing levels will not support much individual attention. The Study Center is staffed from approximately 9:30am to 4:30pm on weekdays. A schedule of who is staffing the physics study center can be found here: Study Center Hours

Access and Accomodations

If you have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations, you can have special access and accommodations. Your experience in this class is important to me. If you have already established accommodations with Disability Resources for Students (DRS), please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course

If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (conditions include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or or disability.uw.eduDRS offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions.  Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS.  It is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law


Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is essential in this course. You are encouraged to work together and discuss homework problems but the assignments you submit should be your own work. You may not give or receive help on quizzes or exams. Consider and take note that the following is considered cheating of one or the other form:

  • looking at or copying published or online solutions for homework problems
  • looking at or copying solutions that have previously been turned in for credit
  • copying another student's solutions to homework or examination problems
  • failing to acknowledge significant resources, other than the course textbook, that you used
  • failing to acknowledge significant collaboration with your classmates

In this course, you are considered to have been informed about the types of cheating and academic dishonesty, and warned that such dishonesty will not be tolerated


Time Table

Time table shows the important dates and an approximate distribution of the course material. The table is subject to changes when necessary

The schedule below shows the guidelines for reading prior to each lecture. This may shift as necessary to accommodate our rate

Date No. Topic Reading
Mon Jun 18 0 Introduction
Tue Jun 19 1 Lorentz Force 5.1
Thu Jun 21 2 Biot-Savart Law 5.2
Mon Jun 25 3 Divergence and Curl of B 5.3
Tue Jun 26 4 Magnetic Vector Potential 5.4.1–5.4.2
Thu Jun 28 5 Multipole Expansion of Vector Potential 5.4.3
Mon Jul 2 6 Magnetization 6.1
Tue Jul 3 7 Field of Magnetized Object 6.2
Thu Jul 5 8 Magnetic Fieldstrength 6.3
Mon Jul 9 9 Linear and Non-linear Media 6.4.1
Tue Jul 10 10 Ferromagnetism 6.4.2
Thu Jul 12 11 Electromotive Force 7.1
Mon Jul 16 12 Electromagnetic Induction 7.2.1–7.2.2
Tue Jul 17 13 Inductance, Energy of Magnetic Field 7.2.3–7.2.4
Thu Jul 19 14 Maxwell's Equations 7.3.1–7.3.4
Mon Jul 23 15 Maxwell's Equations in Matter, Boundary Conditions 7.3.5–7.3.6
Tue Jul 24 Midterm Examination 5 – 7
Thu Jul 26 16 Charge and Energy 8.1
Mon Jul 30 17 Momentum 8.2.1–8.2.2
Tue Jul 31 18 Conservation, Angular Momentum 8.2.3–8.2.4
Thu Aug 2 19 Waves in One Dimension 9.1.1–9.1.2
Mon Aug 6 20 Boundary Conditions on Waves, Polarization 9.1.3–9.1.4
Tue Aug 7 21 Waves in Vacuum 9.2
Thu Aug 9 22 Waves in Matter
Mon Aug 13 23 Optical Laws 9.3.3
Tue Aug 14 24 Absorption
Thu Aug 16 25 Review
Fri Aug 17 Final Examination


Catalog Description: 
Continuation of PHYS 321. Charges at rest and in motion; dielectric and magnetic media; electromagnetic waves; relativity and electromagnetism; physical optics. Prerequisite: minimum 2.0 in PHYS 321. Offered: WS.
GE Requirements: 
Natural Sciences (NSc)
Section Type: 
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 9:41pm