SMU Fall 2009 Physics 1308 Electromagnetism Syllabus by jal11416

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									                                 SMU Fall 2009
                        Physics 1308 : Electromagnetism
                                    Syllabus

Instructor : Will McElgin
Office : Fondren 49
Phone : 214-768-2819
Email : mcelgin@physics.smu.edu
Office Hours : Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 2-5pm
TA : Bowen Wang
TA Email : bwang@physics.smu.edu
Text : Wolfson, “Essential University Physics : Vol 2”
Course Website : www.physics.smu.edu/mcelgin/P1308 fall2009/P1308.html
Lecture Times : Monday, Wednesday and Friday – 9:00am-9:50am
Lecture Location : Fondren 158


Description of the Course

This course is intended as a calculus-based introduction to thermodynamics, electromag-
netism, and related topics. Initially, there will be a discussion of thermal physics and the
laws of thermodynamics. The concepts of electric charge, field, and potential will then be
introduced. Following this, there will be a treatment of electric current, magnetism, and
electromagnetic induction. Both direct and alternating circuit analysis will also be covered.
To complete the foundations of electromagnetism, the last of Maxwell’s equations will then
be introduced. This permits a description of light as electromagnetic radiation. Various
topics in optical physics will be covered, including reflection and refraction, optical images,
and interference and diffraction. Finally, a treatment of special relativity will be given.
There will be an emphasis on in-class problem solving using similar ideas and techniques as
required on homework and exams.


Evaluation

There will be three exams (20% each), and a semi-cumulative final (20%). Homework (20%
total) will be collected approximately every two weeks. Attendance in class is strongly
expected and, unless expressly told otherwise, students are responsible for all aspects of the
class discussion.




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Student Learning Outcomes

It is expected that students should be able to incorporate physical concepts with mathemat-
ical techniques to solve problems in Thermodynamics, Electromagnetism and related topics.
While only algebraic techniques will be required on exams, calculus will be utilized in the
class discussion and in selected homework problems, and is expected that students will be
conversant in these descriptions of physics.


Schedule

8/26 :     Preliminaries, Heat, and Thermal Physics. Chapters 16 and 17.
           Assignment of homework 1.
8/28 :     Thermal Physics, and the First Law of Thermodynamics. Chapters 17 and 18.
8/31 :     The First Law of Thermodynamics. Chapter 18.
9/2    :   The First Law of Thermodynamics. Chapter 18.
9/4    :   The First and Second Laws of Thermodynamics. Chapters 18 and 19.
9/9    :   The Second Law of Thermodynamics. Chapter 19.
9/11 :     Collection of homework 1.
           Electric Charge and Force. The Electric Field. Chapter 20.
           Assignment of homework 2.
9/14 :     Electric Charge and Force. The Electric Field. Chapter 20.
9/16 :     Electric Charge and Force. The Electric Field. Chapter 20.
9/18 :     The Electric Field, and Gauss’s Law. Chapters 20 and 21.
9/21 :     Gauss’s Law. Chapter 21.
9/23 :     Gauss’s Law. Chapter 21.
9/25 :     Gauss’s Law. Chapter 21.
9/28 :     Collection of homework 2.
           Exam 1.
           Assignment of homework 3.
9/30 :     Exam 1(2), Electric Potential. Chapter 22.
10/2 :     Electric Potential. Chapter 22.
10/5 :     Electric Potential. Chapter 22.
10/7 :     Electric Potential, Capacitors and Electrostatic Energy. Chapters 22 and 23.
10/9 :     Collection of homework 3.
           Electric Current, Magnetic Force and Fields. Chapters 24 and 26.
           Assignment of homework 4.


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10/14 :   Electric Current and Magnetic Force and Fields. Chapters 24 and 26.
10/16 :   Magnetic Force and Fields. Chapter 26.
10/19 :   Magnetic Force and Fields. Chapter 26.
10/21 :   Magnetic Force and Fields. Chapter 26.
10/23 :   Collection of homework 4.
          Exam 2.
          Assignment of homework 5.
10/26 :   Exam 2(2), Electromagnetic Induction. Chapter 27.
10/28 :   Electromagnetic Induction. Chapter 27.
10/30 :   Electromagnetic Induction. AC Circuits. Chapters 27 and 28.
11/2 :    AC Circuits. Chapter 28.
11/4 :    Collection of homework 5.
          Maxwell’s Equations and Light. Chapter 29.
          Assignment of homework 6.
11/6 :    Maxwell’s Equations and Light. Chapter 29.
11/9 :    Maxwell’s Equations and Light. Chapter 29.
11/11 :   Maxwell’s Equations and Light. Chapter 29.
11/13 :   Maxwell’s Equations and Light. Chapter 29.
11/16 :   Collection of homework 6.
          Exam 3.
          Assignment of homework 7.
11/18 :   Reflection and Refraction. Chapter 30.
11/20 :   Reflection and Refraction. Optical Images. Chapters 30 and 31.
11/23 :   Optical Images, Interference and Diffraction. Chapters 31 and 32.
11/30 :   Interference and Diffraction. Chapter 32.
12/2 :    Collection of homework 7.
          Relativity. Chapter 33.
          Assignment of homework 8.
12/4 :    Relativity. Chapter 33.
12/7 :    Relativity. Chapter 33.
12/9 :    Collection of homework 8.
          Review for Final.
12/15 :   Final Exam. Exam Time – 8:00am-11:00am.




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