Nagoya University, School of Engineering Lecture information system (SYLLABUS)

Electricity and Magnetism(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Basic Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Chemistry Fundamental and Applied Physics Automotive Engineering
Starts 1 : 2 Spring Semester 2 Spring Semester 2 Spring Semester
Elective/Compulsory : Elective Compulsory Compulsory
Lecturer : John A. WOJDYLO Designated Professor 

•Course Purpose
This course is a solid introduction to electrostatics and magnetostatics. Maxwell’s Equations are derived. The course also introduces students to fundamental mathematical methods required to solve problems in physics, engineering and applied mathematics. This course has dual pedagogical aims: 1) to convey physical principles; 2) to improve students’ technical ability – i.e. ability to express physical intuition in mathematical terms and ability to solve problems.

•Prerequisite Subjects
Calculus Iⅈ Fundamentals of Physics III&IV; Mathematical Physics II or Consent of Instructor.Physics Tutorial IIa

•Course Topics
Course Contents
• Revision of vector calculus, curvilinear coordinates, Dirac Delta Function.
• Electrostatics. Coulomb's Law. Continuous Charge Distributions. Divergence and Curl of Electrostatic Fields. Field Lines, Flux, and Gauss's Law. Electric Potential. Poisson's Equation and Laplace's Equation. The Potential of a Localized Charge Distribution. Work and Energy in Electrostatics. Conductors. Induced Charges. Surface Charge and the Force on a Conductor.
• Special Techniques. The Method of Images: point charge near a conducting plane or sphere, grounded or insulated. Separation of Variables.
• Electric Fields in Matter. Polarization. Dielectrics. The Electric Displacement. Linear Dielectrics.
• Magnetostatics. The Lorentz Force Law. The Biot-Savart Law. The Divergence and Curl of B. Applications of Ampere's Law. Magnetic Vector Potential A. What is “real”, A or B?
• Magnetic Fields in Matter. Magnetization. Diamagnetism, Paramagnetism, Ferromagnetism. The Auxiliary Field H. Magnetic Susceptibility and Permeability.
• Introduction to Electrodynamics. Electromotive Force. Electromagnetic Induction. Faraday's Law. Energy in Magnetic Fields. Maxwell's Equations. Magnetic levitation above a superconductor.

It is desirable to read a textbook or reference materials before a class

1. Griffiths, D.L., 2012, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th ed., Prentice Hall.

Alternative textbook (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED -- many copies in the G30 section of the Science Library):
2. Nayfeh, M. H. & Brussel M. K., Electricity and Magnetism, Dover, 2015.

(It is essential that students read at least one of these books. Nayfeh is much cheaper to buy and the explanations are clearer. It covers what we need for EM1.)

•Additional Reading
Leighton, R.B. & Feynman, R.P., Feynman Lectures on Physics (Volume 2), Pearson. (Highly recommended alternative reading.)

•Grade Assessment
Attendance: 5%; Weekly quizzes or other written assessment: 15%; Mid-term exam: 40%; Final Exam: 40%
The “Absent” grade is reserved for students who withdraw by May 16. After that day, a letter grade will be awarded based on marks earned from all assessment during the semester.


•Contacting Faculty
Office: Science Hall 5F 517
Phone: 052-789-2307


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