Classical Electrodynamics (PHY8132 – Graduate course)

Motivation of the course

Formulation of the electromagnetism theory is an essential key to our understanding of nature, such as classical optics, microwaves and electric circuits. Both electric and magnetic forces were discovered millennia ago prior to being formulated by Coulomb and Bio-Savart. However, Maxwell showed that electric and magnetic fields are both generated and altered by each other. This revolutionary discovery led to a novel and unique branch of physics, named electrodynamics. In this course, we review several important concepts in the Classical Electrodynamics, among the others, such as Green’s functions, boundary-value problems, multipoles expansions, electrostatic of macroscopic media, magnetostatics, time-varying fields, Maxwell’s equations and gauge transformations.

Main textbook

The course will be based on Classical Electrodynamics (3rd Edition) by John David Jackson (who is a Canadian–American physicist born in London-Ontario). The first six chapters of the book will be covered in the winter semester and the last six chapters of the book will be the subject of the next semester course.

Class meeting time

The lectures will be held each Thursday from 14:00 to 17:00 in Advanced Research Complex (ARC) 460. There will be a short break at 15:30 (about 7 minutes) halfway through the lecture.


The course grade will be determine based on (1) assignments and activities during lectures (20%), (2) midterm examination (30%), and (3) final examination (50%).

  • Homework -1 (deadline 4th of February 2016) [HWI].
  • Homework -2 (deadline 21st of March 2016) [HWII]. 
  • Homework -3 (deadline 26th of April 2016) [HWIII].
  • Homework -4 (deadline 26st of April 2016) [HWIV].