PHYS 132
Electromagnetism and the Physics of Matter Spring 2025
Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning

Class Details

This course is intended as the second half of a one-year survey of physics with some emphasis on applications to medicine. 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 with a discussion of Faraday’s Law of Induction. Following our introduction to electromagnetism we will discuss some of the most central topics in twentieth-century physics, including Einstein’s theory of special relativity and some aspects of quantum theory. We will end with a treatment of nuclear physics, radioactivity, and uses of radiation.
The Class: Format: lecture/laboratory; lecture three hours per week, laboratory three hours approximately every other week, and conference section 1 hour approximately every other week
Limit: 22 per lab
Expected: 60
Class#: 3572
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly problem sets, labs, quizzes and exams
Prerequisites: PHYS 131 or 141 or permission of instructor, and MATH 130 (formerly 103)
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores
Distributions: Division III Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: Significant homework, exams, quizzes requiring mathematical and physical reasoning.

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