Physics 42: Electromagnetism and Modern Physics
General Information

Lecturer: Prof. Dennis Clougherty
Office Address: Cook Physical Science Building A516
Telephone: (802) 656-0063
Email: dennis.clougherty(at)
Office Hours T 11-12, W 1-3



MWF 11:15-12:05Angell B112


A01T 9:30-10:45Cook A402 Prof. Clougherty
A02T 12:30-1:45Cook A402 Prof. Yang
A03T 2-3:15Cook A402 Mr. Pepe
A04T 3:30-4:45Perkins 200 Mr. Pepe

The first recitation is on August 30. Attending recitations has been proven to be a crucial element in mastering the material. Recitations are an opportunity for you to ask questions about the physics and to learn invaluable problem solving techniques. We strongly urge you to take advantage of recitation meetings by preparing questions in advance and participating in the discussion.

Course Prerequisites

Physics 31, Math 22

Course Text

Physics for Scientists and Engineers with Modern Physics, 6th edition, Raymond A. Serway and John W. Jewett

This text is available for purchase at the UVM Bookstore.

James Clerk Maxwell

Optional References

Div, Grad, Curl and All That, H.M. Schey
Spacetime Physics: An Introduction to Special Relativity, E. Taylor and J. Wheeler
Electricity and Magnetism, E.M. Purcell
Feynman Lectures Vol. 2, R.P. Feynman
(These are available on reserve in the Cook Science Library.)
These texts- some more advanced than the course text- may be used to supplement study. They contain additional examples of the relevant physical principles and problem solving techniques.

Quick Calculus, D. Kleppner and N. Ramsey
This book is available for purchase on Amazon. It is a good calculus refresher book.


There will be approximately a problem set each week. The problem sets are posted here. Homework quizzes based on the problem sets will be given periodically during recitation.


There will be three examinations offered during the semester. The exams will be given in CC Campus Theatre 7-9 PM on the following dates:
Wednesday, September 21
Wednesday, October 19
Wednesday, November 16
Please mark these dates on your calendar now. Exams will take precedence over medical appointments, travel plans, athletic events, and other personal activities. If you miss an exam, you will receive a grade of zero unless excused by Professor Clougherty prior to the exam date. As a general rule, only a verifiable illness is reason to miss an exam. If you require special testing accommodations, you must contact Professor Clougherty before 9/9 so that necessary arrangements can be made. Some practice exams will be posted for you as the exam dates draw near. Here is the formula sheet that will be supplied with the next exam. No calculators will be permitted on the exams.

The final grade will be based on the homework quizzes, the three exams, and a comprehensive final examination. The final examination is scheduled for Friday, December 9 at 4 PM.

Please note that the rules and regulations concerning academic honesty are contained in the UVM Handbook. Students are expected to comply with these policies, together with the UVM Code of Student Responsibilities.


Here are links to relevant sites:
Physics 22 (This is the companion laboratory course. It is organized by Mr. Warnock, and it is taken as a separate course from Physics 42.)
Physics clinic (This is a help session where you can come and get assistance with the homework.)


A list of topics to be covered together with a tentative lecture schedule is posted.