Oberlin College Physics 411

Spring 2016

This World Wide Web page written by Dan Styer, Oberlin College Department of Physics and Astronomy;
last updated 17 March 2016.

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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)

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)


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).