PHY 1510F
Advanced Electromagnetism
Fall 2010
Monday, 13 (with the
occasional Thursdays at 68 PM)
Room MP 408
Prof. Pekka K. Sinervo, F.R.S.C.
Department of Physics, MP 814A. Phone: (416) 9785270
CIFAR, 180 Dundas Street, Suite 1400.
(416) 9714884
Office Hours: Thursday 1012, MP 814A
Teaching Assistant: Snezana Prodan
DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE
The goal of the course is to
cover Classical Electromagnetic Theory at a graduate level. Topics will
include: electrostatics, boundaryvalue problems, GreenÕs functions and
multipole expansions; magnetostatics; magnetic field of localized current
distributions; FaradayÕs law of induction; MaxwellÕs equations, retarded
potentials; PoyntingÕs theorem and conservation laws; plane waves and
dispersion; fields from an oscillating dipole.
BOOKS
The textbook for the course
is Jackson, J. D., Classical
Electrodynamics, (New York: Wiley, 1999) 3^{rd} edition. The book
is available for purchase at the U of T
Bookstore, both used and new.
The book is also on shortterm loan at the Physics and Gerstein
Libraries.
FORMAT AND REQUIREMENTS
The course will
meet for 2 hours of lecture and exercises per week. Students will be
responsible for material covered in reading assignments as well as in class. Monday lectures will be
1:103. Thursday lectures will be
6:008:00 PM. Please note that the
lecture on Nov 4 will be from 5:007:00 PM.
Performance in the
course will be evaluated on the basis of 4 problem sets (15% each, adding to
60% total of the final grade), and 1 final examination (40% of the final
grade).
The problem sets (15% each)
will be distributed 1 week before they are due and will be collected at the
beginning of class on October 4, November 4, November 15 and December 2. Szezana Prodan is the grader for the
course, and she can be contacted by email (sprodan at physics.utoronto.ca).
The final exam (40%) will be
open book. The date and location will be announced at a later date.
COURSE RULES AND POLICIES
Enrolment in PHY 1510F
entails agreement to the following rules concerning course policies:
IMPORTANT DATES
Oct 4 
First Problem Set due (at
the beginning of class) 
Oct 6 
Last day to add course 
Oct 11 
No class, Thanksgiving
holiday 
Nov 4 
Second Problem Set due (at
the beginning of class) 
Nov 3 
Last day to drop course without
academic penalty

Nov 15 
Third Problem Set due (at
the beginning of class) 
Dec 2 
Fourth Problem Set due (at
the beginning of class) 
Dec 2 
Last class

TBA in December 
Final Exam (Date and Place TBA)

SCHEDULE

Dates 
Topic 
Readings 
Course Requirements 
Lecture 1 
Sep 20 
Electrostatics: Poisson and
Laplace equations 
Jackson ch. 1 

Lecture 2 
Sep 27 
GreenÕs Theorem  Boundary
Value Problems I 
Jackson ch. 1,2 
PS 1 handed out, due 4 Oct 
Lecture 3 
Oct 18 
Boundary Value Problems II
– spherical coordinates 
Jackson ch. 3 

Lecture 4 
Oct 21; 68 PM 
Green function in sperhical
haromics Multipole expansion,
dielectric media, polarizability 
Jackson ch. 3,4 
PS 2 handed out

Lecture 5 
Nov 1

Dielectrics permittivity, magnetostatics, magnetic dipole
moment

Jackson ch. 4,5


Lecture 6 
Nov 4; 5:106:30 PM

FaradayÕs Law

Jackson ch. 5

PS 2 due

Lecture 7 
Nov 8 
MaxwellÕs equations; the
wave equation; retarded potentials 
Jackson ch. 6 
PS 3 handed out 
Lecture 8 
Nov 11; 68 PM 
Retarded potentials
continued; PoyntingÕs theorem and Conservation Laws; 
Jackson ch. 6,7 

Lecture 9 
Nov 15 
Electromagnetic plane waves 
Jackson ch. 6,7 
PS 3 due 
Lecture 10 
Nov 18; 68 PM 
Polarization, reflection
and refraction of EM waves; frequency dispersion 
Jackson ch. 7 
PS 4 handed out 
Lecture 11 
Nov 29 
Radiating systems, angular
distribution of radiation, dipole approximation; LarmorÕs formula 
Jackson ch. 9 

Lecture 12 
Dec 2; 68 PM



PS 4 due

Problem Sets
Problem
Set 1  Coulomb's Law and Green Function Problem
Set 1 Solutions
Problem
Set 2  Green functions and multipoles
Last Revised: 1 November 2010