PHYS*1010

Introductory Electricity and Magnetism

Instructor: Martin Williams

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Description

A course for physical science students on the phenomena of electromagnetism. Topics include electric charges and fields, electric potential, magnetic fields, and electromagnetic waves.

Objectives

This is a course to introduce students to the fundamentals of Electricity and Magnetism. Practical activities such as problem solving, laboratory work, and report writing are important elements of this course. Electricity, including Coulomb's Law, Gauss's Law and electric fields, electric potential, capacitance, currents, resistance, electromotive force and D.C. circuits. Magnetism, including magnetic fields and forces, the laws of Biot and Savart, Ampère's law, displacement current, electromagnetic induction, Faraday's and Lenz's laws. A brief introduction to Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, EM waves.

Material Covered

Electricity, including Coulomb's Law, Gauss's Law and electric fields, electric potential, capacitance, currents, resistance, electromotive force and D.C. circuits. Magnetism, including magnetic fields and forces, the laws of Biot and Savart, Ampère's law, displacement current, electromagnetic induction, Faraday's and Lenz's laws. A brief introduction to Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, EM waves.

Experiments are performed on the following topics:

  • Electrostatic Field Mapping
  • Ohm's Law
  • Kirchoff's Laws
  • The Motion of Electrons in a Magnetic Field

Recommended Readings

  • University Physics, Eleventh Edition, Volume 2, by Hugh D. Young and Roger A. Freedman (Note: if you have the complete volume of the text, you do not need to buy Volume 2. We will be covering Chapters 21 - 30.)
  • Laboratory notebook: required for your experimental work.

Planning Your Program

Who should take this course?
This is a core subject for all B.Sc. students of the hard sciences.

Prerequisites: Math*1080 or MATH*1200, 1 of 4U Physics, OAC Physics, PHYS*1020