Oberlin College Physics 411

Fall 2017

This World Wide Web page written by Dan Styer, Oberlin College Department of Physics and Astronomy;
last updated 15 June 2017.

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Teacher: Dan Styer

Course syllabus

Problem assignments


Slabs of light (PDF)

How to start up slabs of light (PDF)

Vector calculus (PDF)

More on vector calculus

The divergence of the curl is zero (PDF)

Geometrical significance of the Laplacian (PDF)

The Maxwell stress tensor (PDF)

Units in electromagnetism (PDF) (a problem)

Notes on Relativistic Dynamics (PDF)

The stress-energy four-tensor (PDF)


Michael Peskin attempts to read the mind of God.

Simulation of the start-up of electromagnetic radiation, point charge source (by PhET).

Simulation EM radiation from a dipole (by Bala Krishna Juluri).