An intermediate course in the application of basic principles of classical physics to a wide variety of subjects. Roughly half of the year will be devoted to mechanics, and half to electromagnetism. Topics include Lagrangian and Hamiltonian formulations of mechanics, small oscillations and normal modes, boundaryvalue problems, multipole expansions, and various applications of electromagnetic theory.Ph106bc covers electrodynamics at a level of sophistication beyond the introductory Ph1bc sequence. You will see much material that is familiar to you, but we will take a more rigorous approach, analyze more challenging physical situations, and also consider many topics not seen in Ph1bc. It is impossible to emphasize how important the core physics courses Ph106 and Ph125 are: these teach you the basic frameworks and techniques that you must know to do any physics.
Below you will find the outline of the E&M portion of Ph106bc. I will fill in details of the topics covered in lectures, suggested reading, problem sets and solutions as the term progresses. The assignments will be due on Fridays, and will be available on the website about a week before the due date. Note that they are listed in the week they are due, rather than the week they are assigned. The schedule for the lectures and assignments may change as the term progresses.
The lecture notes, problem sets, and solutions are only accessible to computers with a Caltech IP address (either direct or by VPN). Please let me know if you are enrolled in the class and this causes problems for you, and I will make other arrangements.
In the suggested reading, G stands for Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths, LN for Lecture Notes, HM stands for Classical Electromagnetism by Heald and Marion, J for Classical Elecrodynamics by Jackson, and LL for The Classical Theory of Fields by Landau and Lifshitz. Reading given in parentheses is optional (intended only to tell you where I am drawing material from).
If you print out the problem sets and solutions in "2up" format, the font size will be approximately 12 point.
Week  Tuesday Lecture  Thursday Lecture  Homework (due Friday 4 pm) 




No Assignment Review G Ch 1 




Assignment 6 Solutions (updated 2012/02/28) (TA: Paraj) 




Assignment 7 Solutions (TA: Kevin) 




Assignment 8 Solutions (TA: Chan) 




Assignment 9 (shortened v.2 posted 3/7) Due W Mar 12 Solutions (TA: Paraj) 




Final (first two pages are instructions) Solutions Due W Mar 19 
Tuesday Lecture  Thursday Lecture  Homework (due Friday 4 pm) 




No assignment due 




Assignment 1 Solutions (TA: Kevin) 




Assignment 2 (updated 4/15 with minor clarifications) Solutions (TA: Kevin) 




Assignment 3 Solutions (TA: TBD) 




Midterm (first page is cover sheet) Solutions (TA: TBD) 




Assignment 4 Section 8.3 of Griffiths 4th ed. Solutions (TA: TBD) 




Assignment 5 Solutions (TA: TBD) 




Assignment 6 Solutions (TA: TBD) 




Assignment 7 Solutions (TA: TBD) 




Assignment 8 (FSJ only) Solutions (TA: TBD) Final for GS Due June 6 




Final for FSJ Due June 13 Solutions for both Final exams (TA: TBD) 