Classical electromagnetism - one of the fundamental pillars of physics - is an important topic for all types of physicists from the theoretical to the applied. The subject is widely recognized to be one of the most challenging areas of the physics curriculum, both for students to learn and for lecturers to teach. Although textbooks on electromagnetism are plentiful, hardly any are written in the question-and-answer style format adopted in this book. It contains nearly 300 worked questions and solutions in classical electromagnetism, and is based on material usually encountered during the course of a standard university physics degree. Topics covered include some of the background mathematical techniques, electrostatics, magnetostatics, elementary circuit theory, electrodynamics, electromagnetic waves and electromagnetic radiation. For the most part the book deals with the microscopic theory, although we also introduce the important subject of macroscopic electromagnetism as well. Nearly all questions end with a series of comments whose purpose is to stimulate inductive reasoning and reach various important conclusions arising from the problem. Occasionally, points of historical interest are also mentioned. Both analytical and numerical techniques are used in obtaining and analyzing solutions. All computer calculations are performed with MathematicaCO and the relevant code is provided in a notebook; either in the solution or the comments.
About the Author
J. Pierrus, Senior Lecturer, School of Chemistry and Physics, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa J. Pierrus has a background in experimental and computational physics. During the course of his career, he has published research in various areas including chemical physics, solid state physics, molecular optics and physics education. He has served as a reviewer for both the European and American Journals of Physics. As an experienced academic, he has developed teaching material in most areas of the core physics curriculum at the University of KwaZulu-Natal where he is a senior lecturer. He is a co-author of Solved problems in Classical Mechanics: Analytical and numerical solutions with comments, with this book being the second in that series.