The course is given in the first semester, 3 hours each week plus 1
Monday 1–2 and Thursday 12–2 via video:
- Go to video.tau.ac.il,
log in, look for 0321–Physics → 3109–Electromagnetism
- Connect directly via the course Web site in Moodle
- Feel free to watch the lectures on your own time, but
don't delay beyond the scheduled hour.
- Students will receive e-mail messages beforehand if there
are any problems with the videos. Missing information will
be posted in Moodle.
- Zoom sessions for asking questions about the lectures:
Monday 4-5 and Thursday 5-6 (subject to change) via
- Exercise session:
Sunday 12–1 or Wednesday 8–9 via Zoom
For more material see Moodle.
The course mailing list is here.
- Maxwell's equations. Fields in matter.
- Electrostatics: Cartesian multipoles, spherical multipoles.
- Boundary value problems in electrostatics. Poisson's
equation: Debye screening. Magnetostatics.
- Dynamics: consistency of M.E.'s, wave eq'n, potentials, gauge
- Energy: electrostatics, magnetostatics, Poynting's theorem
and Poynting vector. Dynamics of particle in external field
(Lagrangian and Hamiltonian).
- Plane waves: polarization (complex amplitudes), energy and
flux. Waves in matter: dispersion and absorption, birefringence
and Faraday rotation; skin depth, longitudinal plasma waves; the
eikonal approximation and geometrical optics.
- Radiation: Liénard-Wiechert potentials, field strengths.
Uniform motion, Larmor formula, bremsstrahlung, synchrotron
- Radiation from continuous systems: Cartesian multipoles,
linear antenna. Thomson and Rayleigh scattering.
- Special relativity: metric, Lorentz transformations,
four-vectors, current, field tensor, Lorentz force, field of a
moving charge. Maxwell's equations.
Other recommended books:
Introductory (worth reviewing)
Intermediate (our level)
E. T. Whittaker, A
History of the Theories of Æther and Electricity
J. C. Maxwell, A
Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism