Physics 272 Electric and Magnetic Interactions Fall 2009 Physics 272 is the second course of a two-semester sequence of calculus-based physics courses for engineering and science students. It deals with electric and magnetic interactions, which are central to our understanding of the structure of matter, of chemical and biological phenomena and of most modern technology. The course, therefore, emphasizes the atomic structure of matter and includes material on circuits, electromagnetic waves and optics. It builds on the fundamental principles of physics learned in the prerequisite course Physics 172. Just as in that earlier course, you will find that this course uses a relatively small number of fundamental physical principles to explain a wide variety of physical phenomena. A key concept introduced in this course is that of a vector field. It is therefore important that you are familiar with vectors. The concept of a field is a very powerful one within physics. The electric and magnetic fields that you will encounter in this course serve as a “gateway” to the more general topic of field theory (a subject that will be left to a more advanced course!). To help you assess how well you learn this material, and to help us assess how well we are teaching it, you will be given a concise multiple-choice test of your understanding of basic electrical and magnetic physics during your first class or recitation and during your last lab or recitation session. At the end of the semester we will give you your scores on both tests. By comparing them you, and we, will be able to see how much you have learned about electricity and magnetism from this course. It is important that you attend both your first class and your last lab and recitation sessions to take these tests. This is a 4-credit hour course. The rule of thumb at this University is that you should spend twice as many hours (on average) studying for this course outside of class as you do in class. That is, eight hours a week spent reading, doing homework, recitation and laboratory assignments and studying for the quizzes and exams would be a typical investment of time for most students in this course. Instructors and TAs: Lecture 1:Professor Andrew Hirsch (Course Organizer) Office: Room 178, Physics Building Phone: 494-2218 Email: [email protected](Note: I do not have standing office hours but am willing to meet with you at a mutually agreed upon time. Send an email request in which you suggest several meeting times. I will respond in a timely manner.) Questions regarding course policies should be directed to Prof. Hirsch Lecture 2: Professor Paul Muzikar Office: Room 272, Physics Building Phone: 494-43046 Email: [email protected]1
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