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Richard Jeffrey Wilkes
PHYS 544
Seattle Campus

Applications of Electromagnetic Theory

Emphasis may vary from year to year. Topics may include electromagnetic waves, radiation, scattering, wave guides, plasma physics, quantum electronics, and accelerator physics. Prerequisite: PHYS 543 or equivalent.

Class description

Preliminary list of topics to be covered: Spacetime and inertial frames Events, clocks, and observers Principle of relativity, and invariance Lorentz transform Simultaneity, worldlines and causality Momentum, energy and mass Creation and annihilation

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures, discussion.

Recommended preparation

Prerequisites: Physics 543 or equivalent, or get permission of instructor by email. Calculus, linear algebra, and complex variables.

Class assignments and grading

Students prepare reports on a relevant topic of their choice.

Grades will be based on two reports on topics selected by the student.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Richard Jeffrey Wilkes
Date: 03/11/2005