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Please find below links to class material, including lecture notes and supplementary slides, homework and quiz questions and solutions, and links to the exams (as available). Lecture notes will appear by the following class period.

Table of Contents

Lecture Notes and Slides

Lecture 1 (1/18/2011) "Why Electricity and Magnetism?"
  • Lecture Notes: PDF
  • Supplementary Slides: PDF
Lecture 2(1/20/2011) "Electric Charge and Force"
  • Lecture Notes: PDF
  • Supplementary Slides: PDF
Lecture 3 (1/25/2011) "Electric Field and Simple Distributions of Charge"
  • Lecture Notes: PDF
  • Supplementary Slides: PDF
Lecture 4 (1/27/2011) "Electric Fields and Their Effect on Matter"
  • Lecture Notes: PDF
  • Supplementary Slides: PDF
Lecture 5 (2/1/2011) "Complex Distributions of Electric Charge: a mini-lecture"
  • The entire lecture is available online in 2 parts: Part 1 and Part 2.
Lecture 6 (2/3/2011) "Video Lectures: The Motion of Electric Charge; Electric Fields and Energy"
  • The Motion of Electric Charge: The entire lecture is available online in 2 parts: Part 1 and Part 2.
  • Electric Fields and Energy: The entire lecture is available online in 2 parts: Part 1 and Part 2.
Lecture 7 (2/8/2011) "Potential and the Storage of Energy"
  • Lecture Notes: PDF
  • Supplementary Slides: PDF
  • Clarification of lecture: PDF
Lecture 8 (2/10/2011) "Capacitors"
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Lecture 9 (2/15/2011) "Using Capacitors"
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Lecture 10 (2/22/2011) "Electric Current"
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Lecture 11 (2/24/2011) "Resistance to Electric Current"
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Lecture 12 (3/1/2011) "Using Resistors"
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Lecture 13 (3/3/2011) "Batteries and Circuit Analysis"
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Lecture 14 (3/8/2011) "RC Circuits and an Introduction to Magnetism"
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Lecture 15 (3/22/2011) "Magnetic Force"
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Lecture 16 (3/24/2011) "The Origin of the Magnetic Field"
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Lecture 17 (3/29/2011) "Magnetic Force between Currents"
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Lecture 18 (3/31/2011) "The Magnetic Dipole Moment"
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Lecture 19 (4/5/2011) "Ampere's Law"
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Lecture 20 (4/7/2011) "Magnetic Induction"
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Lecture 21 (4/12/2011) "Self Induction and Inductance"
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Lecture 22 (4/14/2011) "The Nature of Light"
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Lecture 23 (4/19/2011) "Reflection and Refraction"
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Lecture 24 (4/21/2011) "Mirrors"
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Lecture 25 (4/26/2011) "Lenses"
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Lecture 26 (4/28/2011) "The Human Eye"
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Lecture 27 (4/28/2011) "Beyond Electricity and Magnetism: Making Space and Time Play Nice with Matter and Forces"
  • Supplementary Slides: PDF

Homework Assignments

Below are assigned homework and solutions to the homework.

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Announcements Date
Dear 239a students: Thanks for a very stimulating quarter. I certainly learned a lot and I hope you did, too. Now we get to read all the papers; they are posted on the homeworks page. 2014.06.12
I posted (partial) solutions to the problem sets. 2014.06.10
Here is a laTeX template for the end-term paper.

This is a reminder that there are no lectures during the week of May 26. We will have two extra lectures at the usual time and place on M and W of finals week.

2014.05.21
I posted some solutions to some of the homework! It was a surprise to me, too. 2014.05.06
Here are some details about the paper assignment. Please come talk to me if you have any questions about the nature of the assignment. I do not intend for it to be very onerous. Please claim a topic (preferably by sending me email) by May 21. 2014.05.02
I will have to miss two lectures this quarter: May 7 and May 28. To make it up to you, we will have two lectures at the usual time (and place, I hope) during finals week. 2014.04.24
I posted another problem, related to today's lecture, on the homeworks page. 2014.04.09
I posted the first problem set on the homeworks page. 2014.04.05
Welcome to Physics 239a. This is a special topics class directed at graduate students in theoretical physics, especially high-energy theory and condensed matter theory. The class will be focussed on the question: where do quantum field theories come from? A tentative syllabus is here. 2014.02.24

Text: My lecture notes.

Other possibly useful texts include:
Quantum Field Theory in a Nutshell, A. Zee, 2nd edition. (Available electronically from the UCSD library.)
Gauge fields and strings, A.M. Polyakov
Aspects of Symmetry, S. Coleman (Available electronically from the UCSD library.)
Quantum field theory of many-body systems, X. G. Wen
Quantum Phase Transitions (2d ed), S. Sachdev
Boulevard of broken symmetries: effective field theories of condensed matter , A. Schakel
Field theories of condensed matter systems (2d ed), E. Fradkin
Condensed Matter Field Theory (2d ed), A. Altland and B. Simons (Available electronically from the UCSD library.)
Statistical Physics Of Fields, M. Kardar
Interacting Electrons and Quantum Magnetism, A. Auerbach
Modern Quantum Field Theory, T. Banks
The Physics of Quantum Fields, M. Stone
Scaling and Renormalization in Statistical Physics, J. Cardy
Conformal Field theory, P. Di Francesco, P. Mathieu, D. Senechal

Course Times: Lecture: MW 12:30-1:50, in Mayer Hall 5301.

Homework: Yes. Due in class (or dropped off earlier).

Exams: No.

Final project: Maybe.