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December 17, 2022


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This course is an introduction to electromagnetism and electrostatics

Topics include: electric charge, Coulomb’s law, electric structure of matter, conductors and dielectrics, concepts of electrostatic field and potential, electrostatic energy, electric currents, magnetic fields, Ampere’s law, magnetic materials, time-varying fields, Faraday’s law of induction, basic electric circuits, electromagnetic waves, and Maxwell’s equations. The course has an experimental focus, and includes several experiments that are intended to illustrate the concepts being studied.


Prof. Roland wishes to acknowledge that the structure and content of this course owe much to the contributions of Prof. Ambrogio Fasoli.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction; Electric Charge Unlimited
  • Fundamental Forces; Coulomb’s Law; Electrostatic Induction Unlimited
  • Coulomb’s Law (cont.); Induction Unlimited
  • Electric Field Unlimited
  • Electric Field (cont.) Unlimited
  • Electric Flux; Gauss’s Law Unlimited
  • Electric Flux (cont.); Gauss’s Law (cont.) Unlimited
  • Kelvin Water Drop Generator; Electric Potential Energy; Electric Potential Unlimited
  • Conductors, Isolators, and Semi-Conductors Unlimited
  • Review for Quiz 1 Unlimited
  • Electric Field and Electric Potential; Capacitors Unlimited
  • Capacitors as Energy Storage; Capacitors in Circuits Unlimited
  • Dielectrics; Electrostatic Force Experiment Unlimited
  • Electric Current; Resistivity and Resistance; Ohm’s Law Unlimited
  • Electric Power; Electromotive Force; Circuits; Kirchoff’s Rules Unlimited
  • DC and RC Circuits Unlimited
  • Review for Quiz 2 Unlimited
  • Electrical Breakdown Experiment; Ionization Unlimited
  • Magnetism Unlimited
  • Charged Particles in a Magnetic Field; Sources of Magnetic Fields Unlimited
  • Biot-Savart Law; Ampere’s Law Unlimited
  • Review for Quiz 3 Unlimited
  • Inductance; RL Circuits; Energy Storage in Inductors Unlimited
  • RLC Circuits Unlimited
  • LC Circuits; Displacement Current; Maxwell’s Equations Unlimited
  • Electromagnetic Waves Unlimited
  • Properties of EM waves Unlimited
  • Review Unlimited
  • Microwave Experiment; Polarization Unlimited
  • Polarization; Superposition; Scattering of Light Unlimited

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