Spring 2021 - PHYS 321 D100

Intermediate Electricity and Magnetism (3)

Class Number: 1706

Delivery Method: Remote


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 20, 2021
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 121 or PHYS 126 or PHYS 141 (or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B); MATH 252 or MATH 254; MATH 260 or MATH 310. All prerequisite courses require a minimum grade of C-, unless specified.



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. 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

Mode of Teaching:
Remote delivery will be synchronous via Zoom, with lecture recordings posted online.


  • Assignments 25%
  • Mid-term I 25%
  • Mid-term II 25%
  • Final Exam 25%



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:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).