Oberlin College Physics 411

Fall 2020

This World Wide Web page written by Dan Styer, Oberlin College Department of Physics and Astronomy;
last updated 6 December 2020.

Technical note: To access the links marked (PDF) you must first download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader or Open Standard software.

Zoom link for classes (MWF 9:00 am) and conferences (Thursday 9:30 am).

Teacher: Dan Styer

Course syllabus

Problem assignments


Links and Handouts

Notes on Electrodynamics (PDF)

Magnetic field produced by a Curtain of current (PDF)

Slabs of light (PDF)

How to start up slabs of light (PDF)

More on vector calculus

Geometrical significance of the Laplacian (PDF)

CircuitSurveyor (PDF)

There ain't no ocean wide enought, ain't no string long enough to carry a pure sine wave. (Video made at World's Fair Expo 67 in Montreal, at Ontario pavilion.)

Dispersion in sound (video)

Simulations of monopole radiation and dipole radiation.

Units in electromagnetism (PDF) (a problem)

Notes on Relativistic Dynamics (PDF)

Variational Principles in Physics (PDF)

Michael Peskin attempts to read the mind of God.

Legacy Handouts

Vector calculus: Geometrical definition of divergence and curl (PDF)

The divergence of the curl is zero (PDF)

The Maxwell stress tensor (PDF)