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Physics 120

Electricity and Magnetism

Credits: 4

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 4 hours lecture, 2 hours of laboratory

Prerequisite: Physics 110 or 130

Corequisites: Mathematics 114 and English 098

Text: Paul A. Tipler, Gene Mosca: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 6th Edition, Worth Publishers, 2008. Chapters of the textbook relevant to the above topics are 21-30.

Course Description:

An introductory course in electricity and magnetism including Coulomb’s Law, the electrical structure of matter, Gauss's Law, electrical potential, capacitance and properties of dielectrics, complex DC circuits, magnetic force and magnetic fields in free space, Ampere’s Law, AC circuits, and Maxwell’s Equations.

Course Outline:

Week Description
Week 1 Electric Field for Discrete Charge Distributions
Week 2 Electric Field for Continuous Charge Distribution
Week 3 Electric Potential
Week 4 Capacitance, Dielectrics, Electrostatic Energy
Week 5 Resistance and Electric Current
Week 6 Kirchhoff’s Rules, RC Circuits and their Applications
Week 7 The Magnetic Field
Week 8 Source of Magnetic Field and Biot-Savart Law
Week 9 Ampere’s Law, Magnetism in Matter
Week 10 Magnetic Induction
Week 11 Alternating Current Circuits
Week 12 Phasor, Complex Impedance and RLC Circuits
Week 13 Maxwell’s Equations and Electromagnetic Waves
Week 14 Final Exam


Quizzes 5%
Mid-term Exams 30%
Laboratory 20%
Final Exam 45%


Vladan Jovovic, B.Sc. (Belgrade), M.Sc. (Kragujevac), Ph.D. (Novi Sad)

Tara Todoruk, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Northern British Columbia)

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