Physics 3327

Electricity and Magnetism

Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11.15am-12.05pm, Rockefeller Hall  110.
Makeup classes held: Friday, 2.30pm-3.20pm, Rockefeller Hall 102.

Section/office hours: Tuesday, 4.30pm-5.20pm, Rockefeller Hall 112.

Professor: Itai Cohen,
508 Clark Hall, tel. 5-0815,
Office hours: Monday 10:00-11:00am, Friday 3:30pm-4:30pm and by appointment.

Teaching Assistant: Dean Robinson
office, PSB 425K,

Office hours:
Monday 3:00-4:00pm, Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm

Study Hall hours: Tuesday 1:30-4:30pm in Clark 620

Course webpage:

Classical electromagnetic radiation, Heald and Marion, Thomson Learning, 1995.
div grad curl and all that, H. M. Schey , Norton and Company, 1973.

Additional or alternative literature:
Introduction to Electrodynamics, D. J. Griffiths Prentice Hall, 1999.
Extra Credit: The boy who harnessed the wind , By William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer , HarperCollins, 2010.

Link to Retarded Field Applet:,

Course syllabus and reading assignments

Homework: Approximately 11 weekly homework assignments.
Homework is due on Wednesdays.

Quizzes: Think of them as practice exams. The first Quiz will be held in class on Sep. 21st.

Class Projects:

Prelims: In class October 7th and November 16th
Final exam: Friday, December 9, 2:00-4:30pm Rockefeller 115.

Makeup exams/quizes will be oral unless the original exam date conflicts with a religious holiday or students have made alternative arrangement with the instructor.

Final grade: based on homework (20%), quizzes and participation (10%), one class project (15%), two prelims (40%) and a final examination (15%).

Academic Integrity: Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity. You are allowed to discuss the subject and the homework problems with others. However, you should write up the homework by yourself and acknowledge all sources including a list of people you worked with. Moreover, only you will be held responsible for all the content you submit.

Socratic Teaching Method: Class participation is mandatory. Everyone is expected to participate in discussions relating to reading materials, homework, exams and lectures.

Guaranteed Recipe for Success:
1) Take notes during lecture and sections.
2) After each lecture but before the next lecture review your notes. Identify the parts you do not understand.
3) Come to each lecture and discussion section with specific questions.
4) Keep up with the reading so that you have some familiarity with each topic prior to hearing about it in the lecture
5) Find at least one "partner" in the class with whom you can meet at least once or twice a week to discuss materials from the lectures, the reading assignments and the homework.
6) Take the homework assignment seriously. Do not try to do the whole assignment the night before it is due. Some version of the homework questions will appear on the exams.