Bilkent University     Department of Physics

PHYS 315 - Electromagnetic Theory I

Semester:Fall 2015
Instructor: Cemal Yalabik
Office: Room SA-228 Phone 1316
Assistant: Ayse Yesil Phone: 2149 Room SA-203
About the course:
This is the first of the two undergraduate core courses on Electromagnetic Theory for students who intend to go on for graduate studies in Physics.


Homework: Policy Assignments
Exams & Grading: (You can prepare notes on a single sheet of paper to bring to the exam.)
First Exam % Wednesday, October 14 10:40 - 12:30 (EE-517)
Second Exam % Wednesday, November 25 10:40 - 12:30 (EE-517)
Final Exam % December ?? ??:?? - ??:?? (S?-Z??)
Final (Retake) Exam % January ?? ??:?? - ??:?? (S?-Z??)
Homework+Quizzes %
Attendance % (extra credit)
Course Schedule:
First meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 9, 10:40 - 12:30 in SA-Z03
Mondays 9:40 - 10:30Room EE-517
Wednesdays 10:40 - 12:30Room EE-517
Recitation:Mondays 8:40 - 9:30Room EE-517
Office Hours:Thursdays11:40 - 12:30Room SA-228
All other times (if available - call 1316 to check) Room SA-228
Introduction to Electrodynamics by Griffiths

Homework for this week: There will be weekly homework assignments in this course. Homework is due on the Monday of the following week at 9:45, in class, before class starts.

You can view your grades through the Stars system.

FZ Policy
In order to get a D grade from this course, a student must show an overall achievement level of %. An important part of this achievement must be accumulated through regular studying, before taking the final exam. The student must demonstrate this by accumulating sufficient pre-final points from the first and second exams such that the overall average will be over % even if the remaining assessment grades (i.e. Homework+Quiz+Final) average to less than or equal to twice this pre-final grade. (Also, see below for the attendance requirement.)

Therefore a student cannot get a D grade if the pre-final achivement level is below % from the first and second exams.

This means, a student will receive the FZ grade (and will not be able to take the final exam) if the average is lower than % from the first and second exams! (If the average is %, the student will need to receive at least twice that: , from the remaining assesments (Homework+Quiz+Final) to get a D grade - attendance is extra credit - but it may also go negative! If you miss more than 6 hours of lectures, you will need to compensate that by assignments which will take much longer time to do, or you will get an FZ.)

Chapter 1 Mathematical Preliminaries
(School starts on Wednesday) Chapter 1 Mathematical Preliminaries Chapter 2 Electrostatics
- E-field, E-potential
(Monday class only) Chapter 2 Electrostatics
- Work and energy, conductors Chapter 3 Special Techniques
- Laplace equation, images Review and First Exam Chapter 3 Special Techniques
- Separation of variables Chapter 3 Special Techniques
(Monday class only) Chapter 4 Electric Fields in Matter Chapter 4 Electric Fields in Matter Chapter 4 Electric Fields in Matter
(Wednesday class only) Review and Second Exam
Week Subject Exam #1 #2 Chapter 5 Magnetostatics Chapter 5 Magnetostatics Chapter 6 Magnetism Chapter 6 Magnetism

Relevant links:

  • MIT Open Courseware link: