IISER Bhopal

Homepage for PHY 209 Electromagnetism
(August 2019 - November 2019)

Instructor: Dr. Phani Kumar

Course Content

Coulomb's law, Electric field, Energy of point charge distribution, Continuous charge distribution, Line integral, Conservative field, Electric potential, Cylindrical coordinates, Transformation of vector components under rotation of coordinates, Gradient vector, Potential and electric field of dipole, Monopole and dipole contributions to potential of charge distribution, Spherical coordinates, Flux, Gauss' law and applications, Divergence in Cartesian and curvilinear coordinates, Gauss's theorem, Divergence of electric field, Poisson's and Laplace's equation, Energy of continuous charge distribution, Energy in electrostatic field, Curl of vector function, Stokes' theorem, Curl of electric field, Induced and permanent electric dipoles, Torque, force and energy of an electric dipole in an electric field, Lorentz force law, Biot-Savart law, Continuity equation, Ampere's law, Divergence and curl of magnetic field, Helmholtz theorem, Potentials, Magnetic dipole moment, Torques and forces on magnetic dipoles, Electromotive force, Motional emf, Faraday’s law, Induced electric field, Displacement current, Maxwell's equations in vacuum, Electromagnetic waves.


  • Edward M. Purcell and David J. Morin, Electricity and Magnetism (Cambridge University Press, 2013).
  • David J. Griffiths, Introduction to Electrodynamics (Pearson Education, 2013).
  • Richard P. Feynman, Robert B. Leighton and Matthew Sands, Electromagnetism and Matter (Pearson Education, 2012).

Course Schedule

  • Lectures: Monday, 9 AM (L1); Tuesday, 9 AM (L1) & Thursday, 9 AM (L1)
  • Quiz I: August 23, Friday, 6 PM (L1 & L3)
  • Quiz II: September 9, Monday, 6 PM (L1 & L4)
  • Mid-sem: September 23, Monday, 10 AM (L1 & L10)
  • Quiz III: October 23, Wednesday, 8 AM (L1 & L4)
  • Quiz IV: November 11, Monday, 9 AM (L1 & L10)
  • End-sem: November 25, Monday, 9:15 AM - 12:15 PM (L1 & L10)

Course Assessment

  • Quizzes I, II, III & IV: 20%
  • Mid-semester Exam: 30%
  • End-semester Exam: 50%

Last Updated: November 20, 2019