Physics 334: Radiation and Optics
last updated: March 3, 2019
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I don't plan to open the CANVAS portal for this class, but we can revisit it in mid-Feb depending
on how things are going in the class.

Class meeting time:  T/Th 12:30-1:45 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, michelle.creecheakman   -at-

Office hours: Office hours posted on the door or by appt. (email me at above address) -- note I have a heavy travel schedule this semester

and will be gone several times.  Generally Tuesday afternoons are the best times to catch me.

Main books: Electrodynamics, 4rd edition, Griffiths and Introduction to Optics, 3rd Ed., Pedrotti, Pedrotti and Pedrotti

Click here for a pdf copy of the syllabus.


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 15: Syllabus and questionnaries.  HW #1 coming out. 
Jan  17:  Short class -- starting Ch 8.
Jan 22: Optics pre-test. Reading Summary Ch 8 Due.  Prof AWOL.  Ms. Baylis-Aguirre covering.
Jan 24: More conservation principles. HW #1 Due.
Jan 29: Conservation examples Start EM waves.  Reading Summary Ch 9, Sec 1-3 Due.
Jan 31: More waves.  Boundary Conditions. HW #2 Due.
Feb 5: Wave interactions with media.  Absorption and dispersion. Reading Summary Ch 9 Sec 4-5 & Ch 10 and ExCr Assignment Due.
Feb 7: More absorption with conductors, skin depth.
Feb 12: EM waves example.   Paper Assignment coming out.  HW #3 Due
Feb 14:
Start gauge theory & retarded pot'ls.
Feb 19:  More potentials and gauges. 
Feb 21:
Finish potentials.  Start radiation.  HW #4 Due  
Feb 26:  Test #1 -- in class exam.  Ms. Baylis-Aguirre will give it.
Feb 28: Radiation of electric dipole.  
Mar 5: Radiation of magnetic dipole.
Questions for RS for Ch 11 due.
Mar 7: Radiation of arbitrary sources and radiation reaction.  HW #5 Due.
Mar 12:  Finish Griffiths.  Start optics.
Mar 14: More optics discussions. HW #6 Due.
March 18-22 -- Spring Break -- No classes
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Apr 30:  Last day of class.  Optics post-test.  Final papers due.  Professor AWOL.  

May 2-8 Finals week 
FINALS WEEK -- FINAL is XXXX  in our regular classroom.  Comprehensive Final -- all previous topics are fair game.  If you are unsure if you qualify based on previous exam scores, to skip the final come chat with me.
  It will be 1/3 new material, 2/3rds review
and you may bring one page, both sides, to the final.