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Physics II – Electricity & Magnetism

Course Topics

  1. Unit 1: Introduction to Electricity and Magnetism
    • Electric charge and electric force
    • Electric fields and electric potential
    • Conductors and insulators
    • Gauss's Law and its applications
  2. Unit 2: Electric Fields and Circuits
    • Electric field due to point charges and continuous charge distributions
    • Electric potential and voltage
    • Capacitance and capacitors
    • Electric current and resistance
    • DC circuits and Ohm's Law
    • RC circuits and time-dependent behavior
  3. Unit 3: Magnetic Fields and Forces
    • Magnetic field and magnetic force on moving charges
    • Sources of magnetic fields: magnets and currents
    • Magnetic field due to straight and curved wires
    • Ampere's Law and its applications
  4. Unit 4: Electromagnetic Induction
    • Faraday's Law and Lenz's Law
    • Induced electric fields and EMF
    • Self-inductance and inductors
    • RL circuits and time-dependent behavior
    • Transformers and energy transfer
  5. Unit 5: Electromagnetic Waves
    • Maxwell's equations
    • Electromagnetic spectrum
    • Properties of electromagnetic waves
    • Electromagnetic wave propagation
  6. Unit 6: Light and Optics
    • Geometrical optics: reflection, refraction, lenses, and mirrors
    • Interference and diffraction of light
    • Polarization of light
  7. Unit 7: Review and Advanced Topics
    • Review of key concepts
    • Special relativity and electromagnetism
    • Modern applications of electricity and magnetism


The course syllabus is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Any modifications or updates will be communicated in advance.