The King's University
Physics 300: Relativity and Electromagnetism

(Fall, 2016)

Instructor: B. Martin (office A207)


MWF 8:00-9:00   (lecture: S210)
Friday: 11:00-12:30?   (lab/seminar: S210)

Prerequisites: Physics 243 and Math 205 or equivalent

Calendar Description:

A first course in relativity, electricity and magnetism with emphasis on the electric and magnetic properties of matter, development of the Biot-Savart Law, Ampere's Law and the laws of magnetic induction. Course will introduce Maxwell's equations. The rudimentary ideas of vector calculus will be developed in some of the weekly seminars accompanying this course.


Required Text:

David J. Griffiths Introduction to Electrodynamics  

Ancillary Texts:

The Feynman Lectures on Physics

Detailed Weekly Syllabus

Developing a Christian Perspective in Physics

All of creation testifies to God and so it should be no surprise that Physics, by exploring the physical world, also explores God's relationship with creation and us. Relativity challenges many "taken-for-granted" ideas and shows a profound subtlety in Creation. Electricity and Magnetism illustrates breathtakingly beautiful underlying symmetries in the universe. In this course, we will take time to look at how the laws of the natural world are a reflection of the relationship between Creator and Creation. Clearly our task is to develop skills and understandings but we should also be able to look "beyond" these and see how and where ideas come from.



Every 10 days (or so) you will have a major assignment that reviews material from previous classes!


Unit Exams:

MT #1 October 17, 2016
MT #2 November 21 2016


Final Exam

A final exam, based on the entire course (units R and E) will be scheduled for December.

Your final grade in the course will be comprised of the following:

Unit exams (2)




final exam (1)



Your final grade will be expressed using the alpha grade system used by The King's University College. See student calendar for more information