Physics 334: Radiation and Optics
last updated: Feb 22, 2017
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The first test will be Tue, March 7.  A study guide and more discussions of the test will
be coming soon....please stop by to talk if you miss class.

Class meeting time:  T/Th 11:00-12:15 Workman 310

HW: Due in Workman Office (357) or Physics mailbox by 4:30 pm on day of assignment

Contact Info: M. Creech-Eakman, Workman 357, X5809, mce at

Office hours: Office hours  TBD or by appt. (email me at above address)

Main books: Intro. to Electricity and Magnetism, 3rd edition, Purcell & Morin and Introduction to Optics, 3rd Ed., Pedrotti, Pedrotti and Pedrotti

Click here for a pdf copy of the syllabus.

Click here for a pdf copy of the third edition of  Griffith's Electrodynamics book to supplement your reading.

Quote for thought:
"The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them."
--Albert Einstein

I have other science quotes here if you are seeking inspiration.

Detailed Lectures, Reading and homework assignments:

Jan 17: Syllabus, questionnaries and optics pretest. Review HW #1 coming out..  
Jan  19:  Announcements and start Maxwell's equations
Jan 24: More Maxwell.  Retooling the class due to missing material. Reading summary Ch 9 Purcell due
Jan 26: Various catch-up on energy and conservation  HW #1 due
Jan 31:  Various catch-up on Poynting vector and conservation principals
Feb 2:  Final catch-up on Maxwell  HW #2 due
Feb 7  Electricity in media and boundary conditions. 
Reading summary Ch 10 Purcell due
Feb 9    Electric materials.  Multipole expansion.
Feb 14  Magnetic materials and dipoles.  Reading summary Ch 11 Purcell
Feb 16  Ferro, para and diamagnetism.  HW #3 due
Feb 21   Boundary conditions and Fresnel Equations
Feb 23  Radiation discussions.   HW #4 due.  Reading summary Ch 11 Griffiths due
Feb 28  Radiation and radiation reaction.    Test #1 supplementary questions coming out.
Mar 2   Prep for test #1    HW #5 due
Mar 7    TEST #1 -- Concentrating on Ch 9-11 Purcell and Ch 11 Griffiths.

Mar 9  You need to have Pedrotti by today!!! Radiometry and optics history.    Reading summary Ch 1-2 Pedrotti.
MARCH 13-17 Spring Break -- No classes
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Final:  TBD - Comprehensive exam