Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Define the properties of electric charges and electric fields.
2. Solve problems involving Coulomb's Law for point charges and simple
continuous charge distributions.
3. Calculate electric fields due to point charges and due to simple
continuous charge distributions.
4. Describe and explain the motion of charged particles in a uniform
electric field and in the oscilloscope.
5. Define electric flux, state Gauss' Law and apply Gauss' Law in
determining electric fields for various charge distributions.
6. Describe the difference between an electrical insulator and an
electrical conductor and list properties of a conductor in
7. Define electric potential and potential difference.
8. Determine the potential difference and electric potential in uniform
electric fields due to point charges and uniform charge distributions.
9. Obtain E (the electric field vector) from the electric potential.
10. Define capacitance and calculate the capacitance of capacitors with
11. Solve problems involving calculations of capacitors for various
combinations of capacitors, and for capacitors with and without
12. Define electric dipole moment and determine the torque on and
potential energy of electroic dipole moments in electric fields.
13. Define the concepts of current, current density, drift velocity,
resistance, and resistivity; describe the temperature dependence of
resistivity; and state Ohm's Law.
14. Solve problems involving resistance, current, voltage and power.
15. Determine the equivalent resistance of resistors in series and
parallel to simplify various combinations of resistors.
16. State Kirchhoff's rules and use them to calculate potential and
current in various DC circuits.
17. Apply Kirchhoff's rules to RC circuits and describe how the charge
and current vary with time.
18. Define the properties of the magnetic field.
19. Calculate the magnetic force on moving charged particles and current
carrying conductors in a magnetic field.
20. Describe the motions of charged particles moving in a magnetic field.
21. Use the Biot-Savart Law to calculate the magnetic field produced by
22. State Ampere's Law and apply it in determining magnetic fields.
23. Explain magnetic flux and Gauss' Law for magnetism.
24. Use Faraday's Law of induction to calculate motional emf.
25. State Lenz's Law and apply it to induced currents.
26. State Maxwell's equations.
27. Explain self inductance.
28. Solve problems involving RL circuits, energy in a magnetic field,
oscillations in an LC circuit and RLC circuits.
29. Describe the behavior of resistors, inductors and capacitors in AC
circuits, and define capacitive reactance, inductive reactance and
30. Solve for current, voltage, the phase angle between current and
voltage, and resonant frequencies in series RLC AC circuits.
31. Explain the operation of a transformer, how a transformer can be
either a step-up or step-down transformer, and the role of
transformers in AC power transmission.
32. Discuss Maxwell's equations and the discovery of electromagnetic
33. Use Poynting's vector to calculate the electric field, the magnetic
field, the energy, pressure, and momentum associated with
34. Explain the production of electromagnetic waves by an infinite
current sheet and by an antenna.
Topics covered include:
1. Coulomb's Law and electric fields.
2. Gauss' Law.
3. The electric potential.
4. Capacitance and dielectrics.
5. Current, resistance, and Ohm's Law.
6. Direct current circuits and RC circuits using Kirchhoff's rules.
7. Magnetic fields and the forces on moving charges.
8. Sources of magnetic fields Biot-Savart Law and Ampere's Law.
9. Faraday's Law of induction.
10. Self inductance, RL circuits, oscillations in LC circuits and RLC
11. Alternating current circuits including RLC series and parallel
circuits and resonance.
12. Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves and Poynting's vector.
Lab work includes:
1. Constructing DC and AC circuits with various combinations of
resistance, capacitance and inductance and using DC power supplies
and AC signal generators.
2. Learning to use and using digital electronic multimeters
and oscilloscopes to make measurements in electrical systems.
3. Using computers with current, voltage and magnetic field probes to
observe/make measurements in electrical circuits and magnetic fields.
4. Using spreadsheets to record data and to calculate experimental
5. Constructing graphs using computer graphing programs.
6. Error analysis
7. Numerical and graphical analysis of data.