Phys241_Syllabus_Spring2011 - PHYS 241: Electricity and...

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1 PHYS 241: Electricity and Optics, Spring 2011 Lecture Section 11:30-12:20 9:30-10:20, 10:30-11:20 Lecturer Prof. Scharenberg Prof. Barnes Office PHYS 321 PHYS 375 Email [email protected] [email protected] All lectures take place in PHYS Rm. 112, and the preferred means of communication with the lecturers is Email. Currently we don't plan to set specific office hours; rather, we plan to use an open-door policy where you may visit us at any time (though if we are busy at the time, we may ask you to come back later). We will also be available by appointment. Prerequisite: PHYS 172 or 172H Text: Physics for Scientists and Engineers , 6th Edition, vol. 2, (or newer addition) by Paul A. Tipler and Gene Mosca (Bedford/Freeman/Worth, ISBN 1-4292-0133-9). Course Web site: Introduction Physics forms the foundation of all natural sciences in the sense that it is the study of fundamental laws that govern all nature. The two areas, mechanics and electricity & magnetism are in turn the foundations of all physics. The former focuses on the dynamics of objects while the latter on more abstract concept of fields . All other areas of physics are built on these two, and as such these are the essential subjects covered when future scientists and engineers first learn physics. You have learned Newtonian mechanics in Physics 172 here (or equivalent elsewhere). Now the turn has arrived for you to learn electricity and magnetism. The optics in the title of this course is one very important part of electricity and magnetism, i.e., the study of light . This course is self-contained; it does not presuppose that you have had a course in electricity and magnetism before. However, it is fast-paced and liberally uses calculus. You will need to diligently keep up with reading and problem solving exercises in order to stay with the course and successfully complete it. Cramming for an exam the night before will not work in this course. The course structure is much simpler than PHYS172. It has just two components, lecture and recitation . The lectures will focus on developing an understanding of fundamental concepts. The recitations will concentrate on applying these concepts to actually solve problems - many of them taken from interesting and practically important contexts.
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2 Lecture It is needless to say that you must attend all lectures unless excused by your lecturer. In lectures, the lecturer will not be the only one doing the work; so will you. Above all, think critically and participate as much as you can. Parts of the text corresponding to the topics to be covered in each lecture are shown below. The sections shown are reading assignments ; you need to have perused them before the corresponding lecture. This first reading is for you to get an organized overview of the material and to start thinking about the material. You are of course not expected to have understood everything and followed every derivation
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This note was uploaded on 04/23/2011 for the course PHYS 241 taught by Professor Wei during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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Phys241_Syllabus_Spring2011 - PHYS 241: Electricity and...

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