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Physics 8B rev 4.0 Contents Page Table of Contents 1 Introduction and Comments Introduction 3 Course Objectives 3 Structure of the Physics 8B Course 4 Ten Commandments for Effective Study Skills 7 References 10 Worksheets 1 – Charge and Coulomb’s Law 11 2 – Electric Fields 19 3 – Gauss's Law and Electric Fields 27 4 - Electric Potential 35 5 - Capacitance 45 6 - Current, Resistance, Ohm’s Law 49 7 - DC Circuits 53 8 - Magnetic Forces and Magnetic Fields 63 9 - Induction 71 10 - AC Circuits 81 11 - EM Waves 89 12 - Reflection and Refraction 97 13 - Mirrors and Lenses 104 14 - Optical Instruments 114 15 - Interference & Diffraction 121 16 - Special Relativity 129 17 - Modern Physics 139 18 - Atomic Physics 149 19 - Nuclear Physics 159 20 - (Optional) Quantum Physics 167 Labs Lab 1 - Ohm's Law & DC Circuits 171 Lab 2 - Magnetic Fields 181 Lab 3 - Electric Motors & Generators 193 Lab 4 - Oscilloscopes & Time Dependent Circuits 203 Lab 5 - Properties of Light 215 Lab 6 - Mirrors & Lenses 225 Lab 7 - Optical instruments 233 Lab 8 - Diffraction 245 Lab 9 - Atomic Spectra 253 Lab 10 - Radioactivity 261
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Physics 8B rev 4.0 Introduction This handbook provides course-related information and assistance for students taking the introductory Physics 8B series at UC Berkeley. It is important to note that a physics curriculum is predominantly linear in nature. Commonly there are basic underpinning concepts that have to be mastered before further study can be considered. Physics is also a practical course and educators see this practical experience as vital. Students taking physics will have a high class-contact time compared to those taking arts and humanities. This experience is vital for the development of practical, discipline-specific skills, but it also provides rich opportunities for the development of intellectual and transferable skills. The aim of the Physics 8B course is to change the way you think about physics and the physical world, and as a result change the way you go about learning in new situations. Course Objectives Education is a process of influence and change in people’s understandings, skills and attitudes. It follows from this, that we cannot teach you physics unless we have some idea of what physics concepts and theories we want you to learn. Objectives of student learning serve as a means of clarifying our intent as educators. General objectives of this course are given in this handbook along with more defined weekly objectives. The objectives state what you are expected to know and what you should be able to do in this course. It is the intention of this course that students will gain a deep understanding of the key concepts and theories, without a focus on memorization and recall. Only a demonstration of understanding of physics concepts in the homework assignments, examinations, and other graded work will be rewarded. The worksheets and laboratories are designed to help you achieve understanding, and form the basis for the homework assignments and
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