Topic outline

  • General

    Electricity & Magnetism (Fall '10)


    NSC 427 - 4 credits - Intermediate

    Course Information:
    • Times: MWF 9:30 - 10:20
    • Place: Sci117A
    • Text: Understanding Physics (Part 3) by Cummings et al.
    • Faculty: Travis Norsen

    Course Overview: A sophomore-level introduction to the physics of electric and magnetic phenomena. Topics include electrostatic forces, electric and magnetic fields, induction, Maxwell's equations, and some (mostly DC) circuits. Pre-requisites: General Physics I and II, Calculus I and II (with Advanced Calculus also strongly recommended as a co-requisite).

    Assignments and Grading: Weekly homework assignments will be worth 50% of the grade. A mid-term exam will be worth 15% and a final exam will be worth 35%. I will also adjust your final grade up or down by as much as half a letter grade to reflect your contributions to the classroom experience. (Keep in mind here that attendance is mandatory, so you shouldn't expect any of this "extra credit" based merely on showing up!)

    Course Policies:

    • Attendance is mandatory. (Let me know if, and why, you will miss a class.)
    • Late work will not be accepted without prior arrangement.
    • In addition to being fully present in class and handing in all the assignments, to really succeed in the class you should expect to spend several hours each week (outside of class) interacting with the textbook -- this means prior to and in addition to the several hours you will need to spend working on the homework assignments.
    • You are encouraged to work together with other students on the homework assignments (and to get help from me or the tutor). However, your final write-up of the solutions must represent your own understanding; copying another person's work is plagiarism and will result in no credit for that assignment (and possibly worse). If there is any question about a specific case, simply cite your sources as you would in any kind of research paper (e.g., "I worked with Joe Schmoe on this problem.").

    • Topic 1

      Week 0: 8/30 - 9/3

      • Intro Course: TBA
      • No class Friday (as Travis will be at a conference in Italy!)
      • For Monday: get the textbook, look at preface, TOC, and the first chapter (which is 28)
      • email me (or talk with Matt or Jim -- or Trevor or Dylan, who both took the course last year) if you have questions that need answerin' before Monday
      • See you Monday at 9:30!
      • Topic 2

        Week 1: 9/6 - 9/10

        Main Topic: Electric Charge (UP Chapter 22)

      • Topic 3

        Week 2: 9/13 - 9/17

        Main topic: Electric Fields (UP chapter 23)
      • Topic 4

        Week 3: 9/20 - 9/24

        Main topic: Gauss' Law (UP Chapter 24)
      • Topic 5

        Week 4: 9/27 - 10/1

        Main topics: Electric Potential (UP Chapter 25)
      • Topic 6

        Week 5: 10/4 - 10/8

        Main topic: Current and Resistance (UP Chapter 26)
      • Topic 7

        Week 6: 10/11 - 10/15

        Main topics: Circuits (UP Chapter 27)
      • Topic 8

        Week 7: 10/18 - 10/22

        • Hendricks Days M-T

        Main topics: Capacitance (UP Chapter 28)
      • Topic 9

        Week 8: 10/25 - 10/29

        Main topics: Review / catch-up
        • midterm quiz in class friday
      • Topic 10

        Week 9: 11/1 - 11/5

        Main topic: Magnetic Fields (UP Chapter 29)
      • Topic 11

        Week 10: 11/8 - 11/12

        Main topic: Magnetic Fields due to Currents (UP Chapter 30)
      • Topic 12

        Week 11: 11/15 - 11/19

        Main topics: Induction and Maxwell's Equations (UP Chapter 31)
      • Topic 13

        Week 12: 11/22 - 11/24-ish

        • Thanksgiving Break W-F

        Main topic: Catch up -- i.e., finish Induction and Maxwell's Equations...
        • Topic 14

          Week 13: 11/29 - 12/3

          Main topics: Waves -- Electromagnetic and Otherwise, vector calc stuff, review
        • Topic 15

          Week 14: 12/6 - 12/8

          • Reading Days Th-F

          Main topics: Maybe a little on EM waves, summary/wrap-up/review
          • Topic 16

            Exam Week