Jun 15, 2024  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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PH 2021 - Physics II - ElectroMagnetism

3 lecture hours 2 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course is the calculus-based continuation of PH 2011 . The purpose of this subject is to acquaint the students with the fundamental laws of electricity and magnetism. Particular topics include electrostatic vector fields, scalar potential, capacitance and dielectrics, energy and force in electrostatic systems, current, resistance and electromotive force, magnetic fields and forces and electromagnetic waves. PH 2021 is taught in an integrated lecture-lab format. (prereq: PH 2011  or PH 2011A ) (coreq: MA 137  or MA 137A )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand the concept of electric charge and be able to determine the electric forces between, and the electric field produce by point charges
  • Determine the electric fields produced by distributed charges and conductors
  • Determine the motion of point charges and electric dipoles in an electric field
  • Understand electric potential (V) in terms of potential energy as well as in relationship to the electric field
  • Understand the relationships between C, V, E, Q and U for a capacitor
  • Make basic electric circuit calculations
  • Relate the macroscopic concepts (V, I, R etc.) to the corresponding field and microscopic concepts (E, j, rho etc.)
  • Determine the magnetic forces and torques on moving charges and currents.
  • Determine the magnetic fields produced by currents as well as by magnetic material.
  • Apply the concept of changing magnetic flux to determine the induced emf
  • Determine the basic properties of electromagnetic waves
  • Use graphical analysis to analyze the results of an experiment
  • Do a proper uncertainty analysis

Prerequisites by Topic
  • College-level algebra
  • Units, exponential notation and prefixes
  • Vector algebra - dot and cross products
  • Differentiation of polynomial, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions
  • College level calculus base mechanics - kinematics, dynamics and energy concepts
  • Be familiar with the atomic picture of material - Periodic Table of Elements
  • College level lab experience - techniques, safety, and report writing

Course Topics
  • Introduction (1 hour)
  • Coulomb’s and Gauss’ laws (8 hours)
  • Electric potential and potential energy (5 hours)
  • Capacitance (5 hours)
  • Current, resistance, and electromotive force (5 hours)
  • Microscopic description of current flow (4 hours)
  • Magnetic forces and fields (10 hours)
  • Electromagnetic induction (4 hours)
  • Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves (4 hours)
  • Tests (3 hours)

Laboratory Topics
  • Electrostatic deflection of electrons
  • Electric potential and field in a cylindrical electrode configuration
  • Equipotential surfaces and electric field lines
  • Parallel plate capacitors
  • RC time constant
  • Resistivity of water                                       
  • Weighing the electron (mass spectrometer and velocity selector)

Dr. Nazieh Masoud

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