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Electricity & Magnetism I

PHYS 321

College of Arts and Sciences Syllabus

Course Information

Course Description
Coulomb's law, electric fields and electrostatic potential, Gauss's law, Poisson's equation, capacitance, dielectric media, current density, simple circuits, magnetic fields, Lorentz force, magnetic media, induction, Ampere's law, inductance, Maxwell's equations. 3.0 Credits
Depreciated catalog listing: PHYS-308.
TR 4:05 PM - 5:30 PM, in BBH-237

Faculty Information

Dr. Greg Anderson, Professor of Physics
Office Hours
Posted on my schedule page and by appointment in 217C BBH.
Contact Information
Email:, Phone Extension: 5753

Course Materials

Required Textbook
Electromagnetism by Pollack & Stump, Benjamin Cummings.
Other Useful Texts on Electromagnetism
Other Useful References:

Assignments and Expectations

Goals and Learning Outcomes
The Learning Outcomes for this course are derived from the Physics Program Learning Outcomes which align with NEIU's Baccalaureate Goals.
Time Commitment
For university courses, the universal, standard expectation is that students should spend at least 2-3 hours per week outside of class for every credit hour. For science classes, and for upper division science classes in particular, the "2" above is generally considered to be insufficient. That means for this class you should be spending at least nine hours a week outside of class time reading the text, studying the lecture notes, and doing the homework assignments. Students who do not devote enough time to outside of class study should not expect to perform well on tests and quizzes.
Problem Sets
Problem sets assignments can be found on the course schedule page. Problems should be completed by the following week, but they will not be collected with the exception of one problem from each problem set as described below. You are expected to be able to work the problems without the aid of the solutions. Partial solutions are provided so that you can check your work after you have completed the problem sets.
I will be collecting one homework problem at the begining of each exam. Each collected problem is worth 20 points, for a total of 140 points. These problems are identified in boldface on the schedule page. Late submissions will not be accepted. Your solutions should be complete, begin with first principles, and explain all of the steps toward the final solution. You must draw and label figures when appropriate.
This course has seven exams, which may contain take home problems. Each exam is worth 100 points. The exams are based on material from lectures, assigned readings, and problems similar to those found in the weekly assignments.
Attendance & Absence Policy
Attendance is expected. There are no make-ups for a missed exams or quizzes without prior approval and documentation.
The final grade will be based on the total score from all examinations and the collected homework.
Any student who achieves a percentile score of above 90% (756 pts.), 80% (672 pts.), 70% (588 pts), 60% (504 pts) is guaranteed to receive an A, B, C, or D respectively. These percentile scores may be adjusted downwards based on a class curve and other considerations.

Additional Information

Academic Integrity
By enrolling in this course, you are bound by the NEIU Student Code of Conduct (HTML), (PDF).
ADA Statement
Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in making reasonable accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. To request accommodations, students with special needs should make arrangements with the Student Disability Services (SDS) office, located on the main campus in room D104. Contact SDS via (773) 442-4595 or
Campus Safety
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