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Physics 336 – Electricity & Magnetism II
SUNY Geneseo – Spring 2012
Robert F Szalapski, PhD – Adjunct Lecturer

§ 1. Contact Information


Adjunct Office

E-mail: (my Geneseo e-mail is automatically forwarded)


Use e-mail instead.

Office Hours:

Before and after lecture and by appointment.

Web Site: will be used to provide additional content including solutions to homework problems.

§ 2. Web Site

Please go to my web site,, and create a (free) account. You do not need to create a profile. When you have created your account, please send an e-mail to, and I will grant you access to the page Students/Physics 336. This page will be password protected.

§ 3. Schedule

Class meets each Tuesday and Thursday in ISC 229, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM, from 17 January through 1 May, 2012 with the following exceptions: 12 – 16 March (Spring Recess) and Tuesday, 17 April (GREAT Day). We have 14 weeks of actual class after subtracting breaks. The final is scheduled for Thursday, 3 May, 12:00 – 3:00 PM. Tentatively we will use the time as follows:

Chapter Title Weeks
7 Electrodynamics 1.5
8 Conservation Laws 1.5
9 Electromagnetic Waves 3.5
10 Potentials and Fields 3
11 Radiation 2.5
12 Electrodynamics and Relativity 2

Chapters refer to David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics, Third Edition. The schedule will be adjusted if necessary.

§ 4. Grading

Grades are required, so we will do the following:

Homework and Quizzes 40%
Midterm Exams 40%
Final Exam 20%

§ 4.1. Homework and Quizzes

Collaboration is essential in science and mathematics, and you should begin now. Multiple problems will be assigned each week. The following approach is highly recommended:

  1. Attempt a draft of the problems on your own.

  2. Get together with your study group and perfect the problems.

  3. Each student is responsible for his or her own write-up.

A subset of the problems will be graded in detail, but a pop quiz would be an alternate form of insuring that due diligence is given to the assignments. Problems must be legible.

§ 4.2. Exams

Exam dates are tentative. If you know of an absence in advance, please inform me and I will attempt to avoid those dates. I am considering a take-home exam for the final.

Exam Date
Midterm 1 16 February 2012
Midterm 2 29 March 2012
Final 3 May 2012

Table 1.

Tentative Exam Dates

§ 5. Philosophy

You are the most important person in your education. A motivated student can compensate for an inadequate instructor. The best instructor can only work with what the student brings to class. If you take time, when available, to explore, question and try, then you will gain a thorough understanding.

I remember every excellent mentor that I have ever had, and I appreciate them deeply. I am passionate about physics and education. If there is something I can do to help you on your own path of discovery, help me to help you. If feedback is required, don’t wait until the semester is completed.

This is an exceptionally wonderful course, and I am looking forward to it!


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