Course: Electrodynamics I

  • Week Topic Sources
    1 Mathematical Reminder, Maxwell Equations: Differential vector operators in orthogonal curvilinear coordinates. Integral theorems. Maxwell equations. Griffiths Chapter 1

    Pollack & Stump Chapter 2, Bo Thide Chapter 3
    2 Electrostatics in free space: Laplace and Poisson equations. General solution for Poisson equation without boundaries. Multipole expansion. Green's function. Griffiths Chapter 2-3

    Pollack & Stump Chapter 3, Landau & Lifshitz Chapter 5
    3 Electrostatics with boundaries: Continuity and discontinuity of electric and magnetic fields. Solution of Laplace equation for various symmetries. Legendre polynoms, spherical harmonics, etc. Griffiths Chapter 2-3

    Pollack & Stump Chpater 4-5
    Jackson, chapter 3
    4 Magnetostatics: Vector Potential, Gauge. Multipole expansion. Griffiths Chapter 5

    Pollack & Stump Chapter 8. Landau & Lifshitz Chapter 5
    5 Dielectric and Magnetic materials: Polarization, boundary conditions, macroscopic form of Maxwell equations Griffiths Chapter 4,6

    Pollack & Stump Chapter 6,9
    6 Conservation laws: Energy and Momentum of electromagnetic field. Stress tensor. Griffiths Chapter 7-8.
    7 Electromagnetic waves in vacuum and in matter, Waveguide. Griffiths Chapter 9.

    Pollack & Stump Chapter 11, Bo Thide Chapter 2, Landau & Lifshitz Chapter 6.
    8 Retarded Potential. Close zone and far zone-radiation field. Antenna. Griffiths Chapter 10.

    Bo Thide Chapter 7, Landau & Lifshitz Chapter 8 (62-64), Pollack & Stump Chapter 15
    9 Radiation from oscillating sources. Dipole radiation. Magnetodipole radiation. Bremsstrahlung, cyclotron radiation. Thomson scattering. Griffiths Chapter 11.

    Bo Thide Chapter 7.3, Chapter 8. Landau-Lifshitz Chapter 9.
    10 Relativistic electrodynamics: Special relativity in 4-space Metrics, Lorentz transform, 4-velocity 4-potential and electromagnetic field tensor Maxwell equations in 4-formalism. Griffiths Chapter 12.

    Pollack & Stump Chapter 12, Bo Thide Chapter 4. Bo Thide. Landau & Lifshitz Chapter 1-4.
    11 Relativistic electrodynamics: Special relativity in 4-space. Metrics, Lorentz transform, 4-velocity 4-potential and electromagnetic field tensor. Maxwell equations in 4-formalism.
    12 Lienard-Wiechert potentials, Radiation from relativistic sources. Griffiths Chapter 10.3

    Jackson Chapter 14
  • Office hours

    Name Day Hours Building/Room E-mail
    Barak Azoulai Monday 19:00-... 54/-111
    Prof. Yuri Lyubarski Sunday 13:30-14:30 54/322


    Group What? Name Day Hours Building/Room
    1 Lecture Prof. Yuri Lyubarski Monday 09:00-11:00 28/205
    1 Lecture Prof. Yuri Lyubarski Wednesday 09:00-11:00 28/205
    1 TA Barak Azoulai Tuesday 12:00-14:00 32/309

  • Final grade: 100% Final examination grade
    If there is exercise grader, then Final grade: 10% Exercises (Magen) + 90% Final exam.

    If the situation regarding the CoronaVirus prevents us from doing the final exam, other assignment, according to what the university finds suitable at the end of the semester, will be given. The assignment will have the same percentage from the grade as the final exam.


    a) Each week, one home assignment would be given.
    The assignments should be submitted electronically through the website.
    If there is a grader then the assignments should also be physically submitted.

    b) HW submission will not be accepted beyond the deadline, and will be marked "Late". For special cases, such as army reserve service, hospitalization etc. please contact your teaching assistant as soon as possible.

    c) Any request for late submission must be approved before the deadline. Late submission will be approved only in the cases listed in the Examination Procedure - Section 7.2 and with proper documentation (scanned and attached to the submitted file).

    d) Students are responsible to check their submissions regularly.

    e) Submission of at least 10 assignments is obligatory. For each missing assignment below 10, 2 points will be deduced from the final course grade.

    f) Homework number 1 does NOT include in the 10 obligatory assignments & the exercises grades.

  • Main: Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, Prentice Hall, 1999, QC 680.G74 (1989)
    A: Pollack & Stump, Electromagnetism, QC 760.P65 2002
    B: Bo Thide, Electromagnetic field theory (online book)
    C: Landau & Lifshitz, The classical theory of fields, QC 665.E4L3713 1995
    D: Jackson, Classical electrodynamics, QC 631.J3 1999