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PHYS 321 A: Electromagnetism

Meeting Time: 
TTh 8:30am - 9:50am
PAA A102
Alejandro Garcia

Syllabus Description:

Prof. Alejandro Garcia (

Garcia office hours: Mon. 4-5PM; Wed., 2:30 --3:30PM.

Head TA: Bert Xue -
Office hours: Tuesday 3:30-5:30PM PDT,


T-Th 8:30-9:50AM


Welcome to PHYS 321 (Spring 2020), the first of a three-quarter sequence of electromagnetism for advanced undergraduates. I hope you find this course challenging and enjoyable. The topic of electromagnetism is fundamental through all the natural sciences and is also crucial in modern technology. We will closely follow Griffiths' text "Introduction to Electrodynamics". If you are interested in more advanced treatments of certain topics, use the graduate-level text "Classical Electrodynamics" by Jackson. 

For information about texts, grading see COURSE INFORMATION (which is also on the "Pages" link).

For useful links and latest news on particle physics see USEFUL LINKS & IN THE NEWS. Please email suggestions.

Here is the tentative schedule. Reading for each lecture is noted---class quizzes will assume this readings. HW assignments will be due on Thursdays at 8:30AM, electronically.


Religious accommodations

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Catalog Description: 
First of a three-quarter sequence. Charges at rest and in motion; dielectric and magnetic media; electromagnetic waves; relativity and electromagnetism; physical optics. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in PHYS 227; two of PHYS 228, MATH 307 or AMATH 351, MATH 308 or AMATH 352, MATH 309 or AMATH 353, MATH 324, MATH 326, or AMATH 401. Offered: ASp.
GE Requirements: 
Natural Sciences (NSc)
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Last updated: 
January 22, 2020 - 9:51pm