Lund University Department of Astronomy and Theoretical Physics


Fall 2017


Runs every fall (first half) and spring (second half) semester.


Formal course specs (in Swedish)
Course page at Live@Lund


D. J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, 4th Edition (ISBN-13: 978-1108420419), Cambridge University Press, 2017. (You can find errata on the homepage of the author.)

It also exists as a "Pearson new international edition" in paper-back (ISBN-10: 1-292-02142-X, ISBN-13: 978-1-292-02142-3). This is a collection of the chapters in the book, two out of three of the appendices and the pages on the inside of the cover (vector derivatives etc). It contains essentially the same material although all cross-references between chapters have been removed as each chapter is presented on its own (meaning that all chapters are presented as chapter nr 1 and that the index is a bit different than the original one). This also affects some of the problems and in fact some of them have been deleted. I will point to these cases during the course and I have made a list of corrections to this paper-back edition, which you can find here. (See also the homepage of the author.)

If you get your hands on a copy of the 3rd edition that will also work well.


Course leader, and lecturer springs: , 046-22 29072
Lecturer falls: , 046-22 23495
Exercise sessions: BS/JR
Hand-in tasks:
SI sessions: (TBD)


Intro meeting:
Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at 15:15, in Lecture Hall D,
(L315) Kurslab (Building L), Fysicum, Sölvegatan 14.

Entire schedule is available in TimeEdit.

Preliminary course outline, VT 2017

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Chapter 1: Vector calculus: nabla (del), grad, div, curl; Gauss' and Stokes' theorems; Dirac's delta function; plane, cylindrical, and spherical polar coordinates.
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Chapter 2: Coulomb's law, Gauss' law, electric potential, work and energy, conductors and capacitors
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Chapter 3: Laplace' eqn, separation of variables, multipole expansion
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Chapter 4: Polarization, Polarization field, D-field, linear dielectrics
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Chapter 5: Lorentz force, Biot-Savart, Ampère's law, vector potential
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Chapter 6: Magnetization, Magnetization field, H-field, linear media
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Chapter 7, 8.1: Electromotive force, Induction, Maxwell's eqns, Poynting's theorem
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Chapter 9.1, 9.2, 9.3: Wave eqn, Electromagnetic waves in vacuum, Electromagnetic waves in matter
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Chapter 10.1: The potential formulation, Gauge transformations, Relativistic formulation. (N.B. this is chapter 12.1 in the Pearson new international edition.)
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Written exam


Exam rules: You can bring one A4-sheet of own notes. Notes on vector calculus and trigonometry will be provided. NO electronic equipment whatsoever will be allowed. Also note the bonus rules (see below).

Written exam: Fri, May 31, 2017, at 8—13, in section Vic 3D, in the Victoriastadion, Lovisastigen 2-4.
Registration is compulsory, via the Student Portal, before 2017-05-28!

Retake: Tue, June 20, 2017, at 10—15, in Andromeda, in the Astronomy building.
Registration is compulsory, via the Student Portal, before 2017-06-16!

Retake 2: Fri, Aug 25, 2017, at 10—15, in Andromeda, in the Astronomy building.
Registration is compulsory, via the Student Portal, before 2017-08-18!

These exams are anonymized, and you will get an ID code at registration, to be used instead of your name at the exam.


Lecture notes

Lecture notes covering most of the lectures will be made available here.

Hand-in assignments

(Will be handled via Live@Lund.)

The solutions should (if nothing else is stated) be handed in as PDF, typically within six days, i.e, at the latest on the Thursday in the week after the exercise session, at 5 PM. The solutions should be written in a nice and easily readable manner, or typeset using a computer. The assignments should be solved individually.

N.B. the bonus rules.

Miniproject assignments

Problem solving sessions

Problems covered in exercise sessions:


There are lots of useful problems in the book by Griffiths. Note that there are two classes of problems:

For the first kind of problems I suggest that you look at all of them and think about how you would solve them. Below you find a list with the problems that I think are most useful. For the second kind of problems I have listed those that I find especially useful below.

Old exams

May 2017 (solutions)

Other messages

Further reading

R.K. Wangsness, Electromagnetic Fields, 2nd edition. Wiley.

J.D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd edition. Wiley.

B. Thidé, Electromagnetic Field Theory, 2nd, (online textbook)

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