  
Description  
 Classical electricity and magnetism.


Course Objectives  
 The student will be able to:
 Discuss basic electrostatics and electric potential, and solve related problems.
 Analyze resistance, capacitance, and DC circuits, computing associated quantities.
 Discuss magnetic fields and forces, and solve related problems.
 Explain electromagnetic induction and inductance, and solve related problems.
 Extrapolate their understanding of DC circuits and circuit elements to AC circuits.
 Explain electromagnetic waves.
 Assess the limitations of physical laws and make mathematical approximations in appropriate situations.
 Understand how physical laws are established and the role of scientific evidence as support.

Special Facilities and/or Equipment  
 Physics laboratory with equipment for teaching introductory electricity and magnetism.

Course Content (Body of knowledge)  
 The student will be able to:
 Discuss basic electrostatics and electric potential, and solve related problems.
 Concept of charge
 Conductors and insulators
 Concept of electric force
 Coulomb's Law
 Concept of electric field
 Electric field lines
 Electric field from a point charge and superposition principle
 Calculating the electric field from charge distributions
 Gauss's Law
 Electric flux
 Applications of Gauss's Law
 Concept of electric potential
 Equipotential surfaces
 Electric potential from a point charge and superposition principle
 Calculating the electric potential from charge distributions
 Electric potential energy
 Analyze resistance, capacitance, and DC circuits, computing associated quantities.
 Concept of resistance
 Current
 Resistivity
 Resistance
 Series and parallel configurations
 EMF
 Concept of capacitance
 Capacitors
 Capacitance
 Dielectrics
 Series and parallel configurations
 Energy stored
 Concepts involving DC circuits
 Kirchhoff's Rules
 Ammeters and voltmeters
 RC circuits
 Discuss magnetic fields and forces, and solve related problems.
 Concept of magnetism
 Permanent magnets
 Concept of magnetic fields
 Magnetic field lines
 Magnetic flux
 Magnetic field of moving charges and currents
 Concept of magnetic force
 Motion of charged particles in magnetic fields
 Force between current carrying wires
 Applications of charged particle motion in magnetic fields
 Concept of torque on a current loop
 DC motor
 Ampere's Law
 Applications of Ampere's Law
 Explain electromagnetic induction and inductance, and solve related problems.
 Concept of induction
 Faraday's Law
 Lenz's Law
 Concept of motional EMF
 Concept of inductance
 Inductors
 Energy stored
 Selfinductance
 Mutual inductance
 Concepts involving inductors in circuits
 RL circuits
 LC circuits
 LRC circuits
 Extrapolate their understanding of DC circuits and circuit elements to AC circuits.
 Concept of phasors
 Concept of reactance
 Concept of resonance
 Transformers
 Explain electromagnetic waves.
 Maxwell's equations
 Electromagnetic spectrum
 Assess the limitations of physical laws and make mathematical approximations in appropriate situations.
 Physical laws as ideal models
 Methods of approximation
 Understand how physical laws are established and the role of scientific evidence as support.
 Historical development of a sampling of physical laws
 Use of studentcollected data in labs to confirm physical laws
TBA Hours: The student is required to prepare for lecture and laboratory before class. The student is required to spend at least 2 hours per week in the PSME Center becoming familiar with the background and theory for the lecture and the procedure, techniques, and equipment for the weeks laboratory experiment(s). This will include completing prelaboratory assignment(s) and/or preparing their laboratory notebook. The student will have access to videos, applets, software and professional tutors as resources in the PSME Center.

Methods of Evaluation  
  Weekly problem sets
 Periodic midterm tests
 Laboratory performance
 Final examination

Representative Text(s)  
 Young and Freedman, Sears and Zemansky's University Physics. 12th ed., Pearson Publishing, 2008.

Disciplines  
 Physics


Method of Instruction  
 Lecture, Discussion, Cooperative learning exercises, Electronic discussions/chat, Laboratory, Demonstration.


Lab Content  
  Lab Student Learning Outcomes
 compute the size of the random (statistical) errors in measured data.
 compute the size of the random (statistical) errors in the results of experiments based upon the errors in the measured data.
 identify the sources of error and their effect upon the results of laboratory experiments.
 use the available computer facilities to process laboratory data.
 perform experiments in small groups rather than as individuals.
 accept or reject a hypothesis based upon evaluation of data.
 prepare concise and cogent reports of laboratory experiments.
 Suggested Laboratory Experiments (Most experiments should rely upon data generated by student's measurements of physical phenomena.)
 Introduction to Measurement Uncertainty and Error Analysis
 Introduction to Electronics Lab Equipment
 Mapping Electric Fields via Equipotentials
 The Electric Field of a Dipole
 Ohm's Law and Circuits
 Measurement of the Time Constant in an RC Circuit
 Charge to Mass Ratio of an Electron
 Magnetic Field of a Solenoid
 Measurements of Inductance
 Resonance in a Driven RLC Circuit
 Construction of an Electric Motor
 Experimental Design


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing and Outside of Class Assignments  
  Homework Problems: Homework problems covering subject matter from text and related material ranging from 10  40 problems per week. Students will need to employ critical thinking in order to complete assignments.
 Lecture: Five hours per week of lecture covering subject matter from text and related material. Reading and study of the textbook, related materials and notes.
 Labs: Students will perform experiments and discuss their results in either the form of a written lab report or via oral examination. Reading and understanding the lab manual prior to class is essential to success.
