PHY321 Electrodynamics

Main topics

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


Lecture and exercises in English.

Main textbook:

  • W. Nolting: "Grundkurs Theoretische Physik 3: Elektrodynamik"

For selected topics:

  • J.D. Jackson: "Classical Electrodynamics"
  • (R. Kroeger and R. Unbehauen: "Elektrodynamik")

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

Lecture notes:

  • Hand-written (informal) lecture notes are available on OLAT.


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 13
  • 33% of the points of exercise sheets 1 to 7 and 33% of the points of exercise sheet 8 to 13
  • Pass the exam



Lecture  Lecture calendar

The following materials will be available on OLAT: script, slides, Zoom link for streaming, Zoom recordings.

Exercises  Tutorial calendar

  • Friday 08:00 - 09:45
    • Group 1: Javier Lizana + Nudzeim Selimovic Y36-J-33
    • Group 2: Flavio Guadagni + Markus Loechner Y27-H-35/36

All problem sheets and related materials will be managed via OLAT.

Workflow of exercises

  • First exercise class on Fri Feb 25
    • Takes place in Y27-H-35/36 for everybody
    • Group assignments
    • Repetition of basic vector calculus (unmarked but important)
  • Exercise sheets 1-13:
    • Available online on Thursday of week n at 12:00 (starting on Feb 24)
    • Hints on Friday of week n (starting Feb 25) in the exercise classes
    • Solution to be handed in via OLAT on Wednesday of week n+1 (starting Mar 2) at 15:00
    • Discussion of solutions on Friday of week n+1 (starting on Mar 4)
    • Solutions can be handed in in groups of two students

Investing a significant amount of time for solving the exercises during the semester is crucial for the understanding of the lecture and plays a very important role as a preparation for the written exam!

Final exam

Date and place:  around the 2nd week of July (the date will be fixed soon)

Allowed collection of formulas:  3 handwritten double-sided A4 pages or 2 double-sided A4 pages in Latex. Only your personal Latex formulas are allowed, i.e. it is not allowed to include external PDF files of figures in a Latex document.

Allowed tools: standard pocket calculator without data storage and internet connection. No other electronic devices are allowed.


Repetition exam

Date:  Early September

Format of the exam: