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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.
Format: lecture/laboratory; Hybrid: online with some in-person components. All in-person components will have a remote option. Lecture: three hours per week. Laboratory/conference section: two hours per week.
Limit: 10 per lab
Grading: yes pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
problem sets, labs/conference section assignments, two take-home midterms, and a final exam, all of which have a substantial quantitative component
PHYS 142 OR 151; MATH 150 or 151; with a preference for MATH 151
prospective physics majors, then by seniority