Electrodynamics Course Materials

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Principles of Electricity and Magnetism 2 (E&M II) is the second semester in our two-semester sequence of junior-level classical electromagnetism courses for physics majors.

We have compiled a suite of clicker questions, in-class activities, homework problems & other assessments, covering a range of electrodynamics topics, including:

  • Maxwell's time-dependent equations
  • AC circuits
  • Conservation laws
  • EM waves in vacuum and media
  • Potentials and gauge transformations
  • Radiation
  • Special relativity

This website can be navigated using the tabs at the top of each page. Descriptions of the course materials and the organization of this website can be found by going to the Materials Guide tab. The easiest way to "browse" the materials is by following the links embedded in the course calendars for the transformed Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters at CU.

Instructors and education researchers are free to use and adapt these materials for non-commercial purposes, according to the Creative Commons license below. We ask for your cooperation in not making any solutions for the homework (and exam problems, clicker questions, etc…) available on the open web, out of respect for instructors and students at other institutions, and for maintaining the integrity of our research.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Supported by the University of Colorado and NSF-CCLI Grant #1023028.

 Download a zipped file of all transformed course materials EXCEPT assessments and solutions. (see below) [65 MB]

 Don't know where to begin? We'd suggest starting off with the clicker questions...

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Supporting Publications

"Developing Tutorials for Advanced Physics Students: Processes and Lessons Learned"
Charles Baily, Michael Dubson and Steven J. Pollock
PERC Proceedings 2013 pdf

"Research-Based Course Materials and Assessments for Upper-Division Electrodynamics (E&M 2)"
Charles Baily, Michael Dubson and Steven J. Pollock
PERC Proceedings 2012 pdf

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