Electrodynamics 2 (104 Physics and Astronomy)

Type: Normative

Department: theoretical physics




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632Professor Andrij RovenchakФзФ-31(1), ,

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Description of the academic discipline

This is the second part of Electrodynamics, which is a fundamental part of the basic course of theoretical physics.

Aim: to form in the future physicist a holistic picture of the physical phenomena associated with the electromagnetic field. This involves outlining the basics of the theory of electromagnetic processes in vacuum and in the medium, deepening the knowledge gained in the general course on electricity, mastering the mathematical apparatus of classical field theory, studying Maxwell-Lorentz electromagnetic field theory and relativistic electromagnetic field theory. The subject of the discipline includes the basic concepts and laws of classical and relativistic electrodynamics, special theory of relativity, electrodynamics of the medium.

Objective: Teaching students to perform the calculations in order to solve electrodynamics problems. Student have to realize that numerous phenomena and laws studied in the general course of physics are the consequences of fundamental general principles and equations.

As a result of studying this course the student must

know the basic concepts of electrodynamics; fundamental laws of the electromagnetic field; basic principles of the theory of electromagnetic field in vacuum; basic laws of macroscopic electrodynamics; basic principles of special relativity and relativistic electrodynamics.

be able to: obtain Maxwell’s equation in vacuum and in the medium; derive the equation of the electromagnetic field using the potentials; write the variational principle for the electromagnetic field; write the equations of electrodynamics in 3-dimensional form and in covariant form; to formulate the essence of multipole expansions for the electromagnetic field; apply the methods of classical electrodynamics to solve specific problems; solve main types of problems of classical electrodynamics and special theory of relativity.

To study the discipline, the knowledge of the following parts of mathematics and physics is required: mathematical analysis, vector analysis, differential equations, mechanics, electricity.

Recommended Literature

Reading list

  1. D. J. Griffiths. Introduction to Electrodynamics, 3rd edn. (Prentice Hall, 1999).
  2. J. D. Jackson. Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd edn. (John Wiley & Sons, 1999).
  3. L. D. Landau & E. M. Lifshitz. The Classical Theory of Fields, 4th edn. (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1975).
  4. L. D. Landau, E. M. Lifshitz, & L. P. Pitaevskii. Electrodynamics of Continuous Media, 2nd edn. (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1984).
  5. W. K. H. Panofsky & M. Phillips. Classical Electricity and Magnetism, 2nd edn. (Courier Corporation, 2012).
  6. W. G. V. Rosser. Interpretation of Classical Electromagnetism (Kluwer Academic
    Publishers, 1997).
  7. Collection of Problems in Electrodynamics, edited by Yu. S. Krynytskyi and A. A. Rovenchak
    (Lviv: Lviv University Press, 2015).
    [part 2]

Online resources

  1. Eric Weisstein’s World of Physics http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/
  2. http://www.wikipedia.org
  3. The Feynman Lectures on Physics