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Physics 3327 Electricity and Magnetism


Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11.15am-12.05pm, Clark 294D.
Section: Friday, 2.30pm-3.20pm, Clark 294D.

Makeup classes held: Friday, 2.30pm-3.20pm, Clark 294D.


Professor: Itai Cohen,
508 Clark Hall, tel. 607-255-0815,
Office hours: Monday 10:00-11:00am, Friday 4:00pm-5:00pm and by appointment.

Teaching Assistant: Shovan Dutta
office, , tel. 607-255-6505
Office hours: Tuesday 3-4pm in Clark 294B, Thursday 4:30-5:30pm in Clark 294C


Course webpage:

Classical electromagnetic radiation, Heald and Marion, Thomson Learning, 1995.
div grad curl and all that, H. M. Schey , Norton and Company, 1973.

Additional or alternative literature:
Introduction to Electrodynamics, D. J. Griffiths Prentice Hall, 1999.
Extra Credit: The boy who harnessed the wind , By William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer , HarperCollins, 2010.

Course syllabus and reading assignments

Homework: Approximately 11 weekly homework assignments.
Homework is due on Fridays

Lecture Notes: You will find the lecture notes posted at the end of each week.

Capacitor lab with dielectric materials


Quizzes: I have posted sample problems so that you can practice for the second midterm

Class Projects:

Prelims:  October 12th and November 21st 7:30-9:30pm Rock. 230 
Final exam: None

Makeup exams/quizes will be oral unless the original exam date conflicts with a religious holiday or students have made alternative arrangement with the instructor.

Final grade: based on homework (20%), quizzes and participation (5%), one class project (25%), two prelims (50%).

Academic Integrity: Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity. You are allowed to discuss the subject and the homework problems with others. However, you should write up the homework by yourself and acknowledge all sources including a list of people you worked with. Moreover, only you will be held responsible for all the content you submit.

Socratic Teaching Method: Class participation is mandatory. Everyone is expected to participate in discussions relating to reading materials, homework, exams and lectures.

Guaranteed Recipe for Success:
1) Take notes during lecture and sections.
2) After each lecture but before the next lecture review your notes. Identify the parts you do not understand.
3) Come to each lecture and discussion section with specific questions.
4) Keep up with the reading so that you have some familiarity with each topic prior to hearing about it in the lecture
5) Find at least one "partner" in the class with whom you can meet at least once or twice a week to discuss materials from the lectures, the reading assignments and the homework.
6) Take the homework assignment seriously. Do not try to do the whole assignment the night before it is due. Some version of the homework questions will appear on the exams.