Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Define the properties of electric charges & electric fields.
2. Solve problems involving Coulombs's Law for point charges & simple
continuous charge distributions.
3. Calculate electric fields due to point charges & due to simple
continuous charge distribtuions.
4. Describe & explain the motion of charged particles in a uniform
electric field & in the oscilloscope.
5. Define electric flux, state Gauss' Law & apply Gauss' Law in
determining electric fields for various distributions of charge.
6. Describe the difference between an electrical insulator & an
electrical conductor & list of properties of a conductor in
7. Define electric potential & potential difference.
8. Determine the potential difference & electric potential in uniform
electric fields due to point charges & to uniform charge distributions
9. Obtain E (the electric field vector) from the electric potential.
10. Define capacitance & calculate the capacitance of capacitors with
11. Solve problems involving calculations of capacitors for various
combinations of capacitors, & for capacitors with & without
12. Define electric dipole moment & determine the torque on & potential
energy of electric dipole moments in electric fields.
13. Define the concepts of current, current density, drift velocity,
resistance, & resistivity; describe the temperature dependence of
resistivity; & state Ohm's Law.
14. Solve problems involving resistance, current, voltage & power.
15. Determine the equivalent resistance of resistors in series & parallel
to simplify various combinations of resistors.
16. State Kirchhoff's rules & use them to calculate potential & current
in various DC circuits.
17. Apply Kirchhoff's rules to RC circuits & describe how the charge
& current vary with time.
18. Define the properties of the magnetic field.
19. Calculate the magnetic force on moving charged particles & 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 & apply it in determining magnetic fields.
23. Explain magnetic flux & Gauss' Law for magnetism.
24. Use Faraday's Law of induction to calculate motional emf.
25. State Lenz's Law & 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 & RLC circuits.
29. Describe the behavior of resistors, inductors & capacitors in AC
circuits, & define capacitive reactance, inductive reactance &
30. Solve for current, voltage, the phase angle between current & voltage,
& 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, & the role of transformers
in AC power transmission.
32. Dicuss Maxwell's equations & the discovery of electromagnetic waves.
33. Use Poynting's vector to calculate the electric field, the magnetic
field, the energy, pressure, & momentum associated with an
34. Explain the production of electromagnetic waves by an infinite
current sheet & 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. Setting up AC and DC circuits and using a variety of test equipment
to analyze them.
2. Constructing an ammeter and voltmeter using a galvanometer.
3. Analyzing AC and DC power supplies.
4. Error analysis.
5. Graphical analysis of data.
6. Measurement of electric and magnetic fields using cathode ray tubes
7. Analysis of oscillations in RLC circuits.
8. Using the oscilloscope to measure phase angles in AC circuits.