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COURSE NUMBER: PHYS 300
COURSE TITLE: Introduction to Electromagnetism and Physical Optics
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr. B. Martin
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3(hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 1.5 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: A first course in electricity and magnetism with emphasis on the electric and magnetic properties of matter, development of the Biot-Savart Law, Ampere's Law and the laws of magnetic induction. Course will introduce Maxwell's equations and conclude with an application of these ideas to physical optics. The rudimentary ideas of vector calculus will be developed in the weekly seminar accompanying this course.

Prerequisites: MATH 205 and PHYS 243; MATH 300 is strongly recommended
REQUIRED TEXTS: Thomas A. Moore, Six Ideas That Shaped Physics 2nd edition. McGraw-Hill 2003. Units R and E
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Unit exams (2)40%
Assignments30%
Final exam (1)30%
100%
COURSE TOPICS:
  • Introduction to the course
  • Principle of Relativity
  • Synchronization
  • The Nature of Time
  • The Metric Equation
  • Proper Time
  • Transformations
  • Lorents on the Michelson-Morely Experiment
  • Muon Decay
  • Lorentz Contraction
  • 'c' - the Cosmic Speed Limit!
  • Four-Momentum
  • Conservation of 4-momentum
  • Electrostatics
  • Electric Fields and Potentials
  • Electirc Potential
  • Conductors
  • Driving Currents
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Magnetic Fields and currents
  • Symmetry
  • Gauss' Law
  • Ampere's Law
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Maxwell's Equations
  • Induction
  • Waves
  • Electromagnetic Waves


Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.

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