Syllabus for University Physics 212

The table below shows the sequence of topics we will cover in this course. The syllabus is slightly tentative -- we may occasionally move ahead or fall behind.

In the table below, the listed reading assignments are from Halliday, Resnick, Walker 8th (or 7th) edition. The syllabus is also available as an excel spreadsheet

Week Topics Covered Pre-class Reading Assignments
  • Charge, forces, Coulomb law, dipoles
  • Electric field definition, electric field of one point charge,
  • Electric fields by summation of point charges
Chap. 21 and 22 triboelectricity
  • Electric fields by integration over charge distribution, radial dependences for various geometries
  • Definitions of flux, closed and open surfaces, area vectors, beginning Gauss's law
  • Gauss's law for spherical geometry
Chap 22 and 23
  • Gauss's law for planar geometry, cylindrical. Problems with non uniform charge distributions (radial dependence in spherical or cylindrical problems).
  • Induced charges and Gauss with metals
Chap 23
  • Electric Potential, aka Voltage. Units, definition, relation to work and Potential Energy
  • Voltage of a point charge, voltages in uniform fields, kinematics of charges accelerated
  • Voltage calculation by summation over point charges
  • Voltage calculation by integration over charge distributions.
  • Voltage calculation by direct integration of electric field when its known
Chap 24
  • Inverse operation: calculation of electric field as gradient of voltage
  • Definition of capacitance Q = CV
  • Parallel plate caps, spherical and cylindrical, dependence of C on geometry alone
  • Dielectrics, definition of dielectric constant and dielectric breakdown strength
  • Energy stored in capacitors and in electric fields generally
  • Parallel and series caps, equivalent capacitance, capacitive circuits
  • Definition of current including sense, current density, drift velocity
  • Definition of resistance and resistivity, temperature dependence
  • Micro and macroscopic Ohm's law, power dissipation
  • Parallel and series components in circuits; topological definitions of nodes and branches
  • Parallel and series resistors
Chap. 25 and 26
  • Kirchhoff's Laws, sign conventions for voltage loop law
  • Resistive circuits
  • RC- circuits with diff eq
Chap. 27
  • RC circuit lab.
  • Begin magnetism. Analogy of magnetic and electric dipoles, B with E. Permanent magnets, definition of N and S poles, lines of B. Non-existence of magnetic monopoles, Gauss's Law for magnetism
  • Force laws, torques on dipoles.
  • Lorentz force law, review of cross products and right hand rules
  • Motors, torques on current loops.
  • Lorentz force does no work, based on definitions of work and cross products
  • Applications of Lorentz; beam steering, circular motion, helical paths, auroras, cyclotron resonance, mass spectrometers, the Hall effect and sign of the charge carrier
Chap. 27 and 28
  • Currents produce B fields
  • Biot-Savart law, analogy to Coulomb law
  • Biot-Savart calculation for short straight wires, arcs of wires, rings
  • Superposition for various hairpin geometries
  • Right hand rules
  • Current loop as dipole, full analogy including field produced and torque experienced
  • Begin Ampere's law
Chap. 29
  • Ampere's law, choice of path,
  • Infinite wire various radii, solenoids, toroids
  • Definition of current density and non-uniform J problems in cylindrical symmetry
  • Begin Faraday law - history, magnetic flux, open and closed surfaces again
  • Lenz's law, sense of current induced
  • Methods for effecting changing flux: changing B(t), changing A(t), changing dot product as a function of time
  • Generators
  • Motional emf, mechanical power conversion to electrical power
Chap. 29 and 30
  • Transformers
  • Inductors and inductance
  • Inductive circuits, RL circuits, LC resonance
Chap. 30 and parts of 31 and 32
11 - 15
  • Optics
Chap. 33 - 36

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