PHY321 Electrodynamics - Spring Semester 2018

Main topics

  • Electrostatics
  • Magnetostatics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Relativistic formulation
  • Electromagnetic waves
  • Wave optics

Recommended Literature

  • W. Nolting: "Grundkurs Theoretische Physik 3: Elektrodynamik"
  • J.D. Jackson: "Classical Electrodynamics"

It is highly recommended to read the "mathematical preparations" in Chapter 1 of Nolting's book.


Lecture and exercise in English.




  • Thursday 08:00 - 09:45

Module Requirements (Testatbedingungen)

In order to pass the module each of the following requirements must be met:

  • 50% of the points of exercise sheets 1 to 12
  • 33% of the points of exercise sheets 1 to 6 and 33% of the points of exercise sheet 7 to 12
  • Pass the exam (date to be fixed between July 9-13)


Organisation of exercises

  • First exercise class on Thu Feb 22
    • Takes place in Y16-G-05 for everybody
    • Group assignments
    • Repetition of basic vector calculus (unmarked but important)
  • Exercise sheets 1-12:
    • Available online on Wednesday of week n (starting on Feb 21)
    • Hints on Thursday of week n (starting Feb 22) in the exercise classes
    • Solution to be handed in on Tuesday of week n+1 (starting Feb 27) into the box marked "Uebungen" in front of Y36-K-42
    • Discussion of solutions on Thursday of week n+1 (starting on Thu Mar 01)
    • Solutions can be handed in in groups of two students.

The exercises play a crucial role for the understanding of the lecture!

Series To be handed in by Discussed on Solution
Exercise sheet 0 (PDF, 127 KB) --- 22.02.2018 Solution 0
Exercise sheet 1 (PDF, 98 KB) 27.02.2018 01.03.2018  



Date Topic
  1. Introduction: Generalities; units
  2. Electrostatics: Coulomb law; electric field; electric potential