This course of electrodynamics is a part of theoretical physics. It is read mainly to physics students. The authors reflect in the book the modern level of evolution of classical electrodynamics. Thus in presenting the material, the pivot is the application of the general and fundamental principles of theoretical physics. As mentioned in the preface of the book, The Classical Theory of Fields, by Landau and Lifshitz, the theory of the electromagnetic field involves special relativistic theory. Thus, the latter is taken as the basis for this course. This in particular explains the selection and form of the development of the material in part I concerned with the relativistic theory. The reader should be acquainted with the basis of relativistic theory, and, in particular, it's experimental basis. More attention is given to the question of relativistic covariance of equations and transformable properties of physical quantities.
First, in order to develop the main relations the variational principle is used. This provides the most general, unique and simple development. Such a method of development is expected of the reader. This is apart from his/her acquaintance with the electromagnetic phenomena at the level of a general physics course. Also important is an acquaintance with classical mechanics. Here the methods of the Lagrangian and Hamiltonian and mechanics of the variational principles should be known.
About the Authors
Prof. Lukong Cornelius Fai is Head of Condensed Matter Division as well as Mesoscopic and Multilayer Structures Laboratory, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, as well as Chief of Division for Cooperation at the University of Dschang, Cameroon. He is also Head of Department for Physics, Ecole Normale Superieure, Annexe Bambili, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon. Prof. Fai is Senior Associate at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy. He holds a Doctor of Science in Physics and Mathematics (February 1997) from Moldova State University. He is the author of over twenty five scientific publications and two textbooks.
Prof. Cazbec Sardionovich Cabisov became in 2004 Professor at the Department of Physics, Moscow State Open University, Moscow, Russian Federation. He became in 1964 Assistant lecturer at the Department of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Physics, Moldova State University and in 1971 senior lecturer at the same Department. In 1976, was Maitre de Conference in Oran University, Algeria and in 1985 Maitre de Conference in Fiarantosa University, Madagascar. In 1992, he became Associate Professor at the Department of Theoretical Physics, Faculty of Physics, Moldova State University. He is the author of over thirty scientific works and two textbooks.
Dr. Ashok Mody obtained his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from University of Mumbai. During the course of his post-graduate studies, he was a national scholar. At present, he is a Reader at Department of Physics, Mithibai College (University of Mumbai), Vile Parle (W), Mumbai. He is actively involved in the area of Physics Education Research and presented the papers in the international conferences. Dr. Mody is a Secretary of Indian Physics Association, Mumbai Chapter and organizing various workshops in Basic Physics for the benefit of the students and the faculty. He has been a visiting faculty at Department of Physics, University of Mumbai for Post Graduate Teaching and at Centre for Basic Science, University of Mumbai and Department of Atomic Energy collaboration at University of Mumbai for five year Integrated M.Sc. Course. He was a Post Doctoral Research Associate in Physics Education at Department of Physics, Kansas State University, Kansas, USA and worked with Prof. Dean Zollman during the year 2008-2009.