PHYS 132
Electromagnetism and the Physics of Matter Spring 2015
Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning
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This course is intended as the second half of a one-year survey of physics. In the first part of the semester we will focus on electromagnetic phenomena. We will introduce the concept of electric and magnetic fields, and study in detail the way in which electrical circuits and circuit elements work. The deep connection between electric and magnetic phenomena is highlighted in a discussion of Faraday’s Law of Induction. In the second part of the semester, we introduce several of the most central topics in twentieth-century physics. We will discuss Einstein’s theory of special relativity as well as aspects of quantum theory. We will end with a treatment of nuclear physics, radioactivity, and uses of radiation.
The Class: Format: lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours every other week
Limit: 22 per lab
Expected: 60
Class#: 3555
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on weekly problem sets, labs, quizzes and exams
Prerequisites: PHYS 131 or 141 or permission of instructor, and MATH 130 (formerly 103)
Distributions: Division III Quantative/Formal Reasoning

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