Spring 2019 Syllabus Physics V1500

                                             City University of New York


Physics V1500     Electromagnetic Theory I        T.H. Boyer, City College of New York


Prerequisites: A course in electricity and magnetism at the intermediate level.


Text: J.D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics.  (Lower level texts are also often helpful.  Recommended texts include those of Griffiths, Purcell, Feynman, Slater and Frank)


Syllabus: Chapters 1-7 in Jackson.


Homework: i) Homework sets are assigned at every class meeting and are due at the next class meeting.  Students may discuss the homework with others, but must turn in their work in their own handwriting.  Homework submitted on time will be graded.

ii) Homework which is not turned in on time should be submitted as soon as possible and at least before the final exam.  Late homework will not be graded but merely checked off as having been turned in.

iii) Any student whose homework record is not complete by the time of submission of final grades will be either given a grade of incomplete or else penalized by 2/3 a grade on the final grade.  Thus an A+ becomes and A-, an A becomes a B+, etc.


Exams: i) There will be two 2-hour exams and a 4-hour final. 

ii) All students are expected to appear on time for all exams.

iii) Any student absent from an exam will be given a grade of zero for the exam unless he provides a doctor's note of explanation.

iv) Material for exams will include questions taken straight from the homework, examples covered in lecture, and new questions similar to those in the homework and lectures.


Grading: i) For a student whose homework record is complete, the grade will be determined based on an average of the exam grades counting 80% and an average of the homework scores counting 20%.

ii) When a student is on the borderline between two grades, then homework record and class attendance will be considered in determining the grade.




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