# Physics 420

Advanced Electricity and Magnetism

This course will focus on electrostatics and magnetostatics, ultimately

arriving at Maxwell’s integration of these two ideas into electromagnetism. Electrodynamics is

by no means a closed subject, but has foundational principles which have stood the test of time

and scrutiny. The complete formulation of the laws of classical electricity and magnetism

culminates in the prediction of electromagnetic waves, perhaps the greatest triumph of 19th

century physics. Incidentally, this is the first physical theory to satisfy the requirements of

special relativity and was the theory that led Einstein to his postulates. In this course we’ll

develop these principles and use them to attempt to explain (and predict) certain physical

processes while taking brief trips into contemporary topics. As we’ll see, E & M requires us to

develop a high degree of mathematical sophistication as well as a deep conceptual foundation in

order to truly gain an understanding of this topic. We will also work to integrate computation

into this course in appropriate ways.

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