Spring 2023

Introductory Physics II: Electromagnetism and Optics

Listed in: Physics and Astronomy, as PHYS-117


David S. Hall (Sections 01, 01F, 02F and 03F)
Jarrett A. Moyer (Sections 01, 01F, 02F and 03F)


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. Fall semester: Professor Carter and Instructor Moyer. Spring semester: Professor Hall and Instructor Moyer.

How to handle overenrollment: Preference will be given to students who are considering a major in Physics. After that, priority will be given by seniority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: quantitative work, lab work and working in groups

PHYS 117 - LEC

Section 01
M 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM SCCE A011
W 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM SCCE A011
F 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM SCCE A011

PHYS 117 - DIS

Section 01F
W 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM SCCE E208

Section 02F
W 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM SCCE E208

Section 03F
W 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM SCCE E208

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

Section(s) ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
All University Physics, Volume 2, 15th ed, Hugh D. Young and Roger A. Freedman Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023, Fall 2024, Spring 2025