Spring 2020 - PHYS 321 D100

Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (3)

Class Number: 1479

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

    We, Fr 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
    AQ 3153, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Feb 11, 2020
    6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    RCB 8100, Burnaby

    Mar 17, 2020
    6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    RCB 8100, Burnaby

    Apr 19, 2020
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 121 or 126 or 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 252 or 254; MATH 310, with a minimum grade of C-.



Development and application of Maxwell's equations in vector differential form. Notation and theorems of vector calculus; electric charge, fields, potentials, capacitance and field energy; conductors; methods for solving electrostatic problems; electric fields in matter; electrical current and the magnetic field; Ampere's law and the vector potential; magnetic fields in matter; electromotive force, electrical resistance, Faraday's law and inductance; Maxwell's correction to Ampere's law and electromagnetic waves. Students with credit for PHYS 221 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


Week 1            Review of vector calculus

Week 2            Electrostatics – electric field, electric potential

Week 3            Electrostatics – work, capacitance and energy storage

Weeks 4, 5      Solution of electrostatic problems

Weeks 6, 7      Electric fields in matter, electrical current, circuits

Week 8            Magnetostatics

Week 9            Ampere's Law

Week 10          Magnetic Fields in Matter

Week 11          Faraday’s law, electromagnetic induction

Week 12, 13    Maxwell’s equations and Electromagnetic waves


  • Assignments 10%
  • Mid-term I 15%
  • Mid-term II 15%
  • Final Exam 60%



Required Text:
Griffiths  Introduction to Electrodynamics 4th edition

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, before the end of the first week of classes.

Registrar Notes:

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