Most of the physical phenomena we encounter in everyday life are due to the electromagnetic force. This course will begin with Coulomb’s law for the force between two charges at rest and introduce the electric field in this context. We will then discuss moving charges and the magnetic interaction between electric currents. The mathematical formulation of the basic laws in terms of the electric and magnetic fields will allow us to work towards the unified formulation originally given by Maxwell. His achievement has, as a gratifying outcome, the description of light as an electromagnetic wave. Laboratory exercises will emphasize electrical circuits and electronic measuring instruments. Three hours of lecture and discussion and one three-hour laboratory per week.
Requisite: PHYS 116 or 123. Limited to 48 students. 2022-2023 Fall semester: Professor Carter and Instructor Moyer. Spring semester: Professor Hall and Instructor Moyer.
If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to students who are considering a major in Physics. After that, priority will be given by seniority.