Graduate E & M

Macroscopic Electrodynamics, Parts I and II

The present online version is two semester graduate level text, approximately 360+350 pages long.  Included are many problems (approximately 150+120) at the end of the chapters which specifically illustrate or expand upon the text. Parts 1 and 2 were edited in 2006 and Part 1 was also revised in January, 2009 (not enough changes to be newly copyrighted). The texts still need additional editing throughout to introduce new material, make it more self-consistent, remove typos, and try to actually make it more readable. In addition, many of the figures, which have been composed on a Macintosh using a picture editor, need to be made clearer. Previously, I gave up on providing an up-to-date Mac Word OSX version and simply posted the original Mac Word 5.1 versions — I have now given up on providing any Word version whatsoever! In the future, just the PDFs will be given. (You can find the previous versions in the “Archives” section.)

In the January, 2009 revision, sections have been numbered and problems at the end of the chapters are ordered and numbered to correspond to the text sections to facilitate problem assignment. Part of Chapter 7 from Part II, related to macroscopic Maxwell equation models, has been moved into Chapter 6 of Part I. Part II was also revised during the summer of 2009 mainly with re-ordered and numbered sections and problems, but also a new section covering connections to quantum field theory.

In January, 2011 I moved a section (“Normal force on a charged surface”) from Chapter 2 to Chapter 1 and did other minor revisions.


The book by Wilcox and Chris Thron (Texas A&M, Central Texas), Macroscopic Electrodynamics, along with the Solutions Guide, based on this OPEN TEXT version were published in March, 2016 by World Scientific. We hope those concerned will consider this book for adoption in your graduate electrodynamics courses!

A partial errata list for Macroscopic Electrodynamics is given here. An errata list for the Instructor’s Solutions Guide is here. We welcome your additions and comments!

PDF Version

Part 1
Title | Contents
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6

Part 2
Title | Contents
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12