PHYS 201
Electricity and Magnetism Fall 2024
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning

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The classical theory of electricity and magnetism is very rich yet it can be written in a remarkably succinct form using Maxwell’s equations. This course is an introduction to electricity and magnetism and their mathematical description, connecting electric and magnetic phenomena via the special theory of relativity. Topics include electrostatics, magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction, DC and AC circuits, and the electromagnetic properties of matter. The laboratory component of the course is an introduction to electronics where students will develop skills in building and debugging electrical circuits.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture, three hours per week; laboratory, three hours per week
Limit: 10 per lab
Expected: 20
Class#: 1611
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: problem sets, labs/conference section assignments, two midterms, and a final exam, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
Prerequisites: PHYS 142 OR 151; MATH 150 or 151; with a preference for MATH 151
Enrollment Preferences: prospective physics majors, then by seniority
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: This course involves significant problem-solving and mathematical analysis of phenomena using calculus, numerical methods, and other quantitative tools.

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