Topic outline

  • General

    ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM

    NSC 427 - 4 credits - Introductory

    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 DC circuits. Prerequisites: General Physics I and II, Calculus I and II (Advanced Calculus also 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 20%, and a final exam will be worth 30%.


    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.
    • Students are encouraged to work together 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: 8/31 - 9/4

    • Intro Course: Wednesday 10:30, Sci117A
    • First real class: Friday 9:30 Sci117A
    • Homework for Friday: get the textbook, look at preface, TOC, chapter 1
    • Topic 2

      Week 1: 9/7 - 9/11

      Main Topics: Electric Charge
      • UP Chapter 22
    • Topic 3

      Week 2: 9/14 - 9/18

      Main topics: Electric Fields
      • UP Chapter 23
    • Topic 4

      Week 3: 9/21 - 9/25

      Main topics: Gauss' Law
      • UP Chapter 24
    • Topic 5

      Week 4: 9/28 - 10/2

      Main topics: Electric Potential (UP Chapter 25)

      Remember: it's an unusual week (since I'll be at a conference in Canada):
      • Monday: class as usual, but please make sure to have really studied and chewed Chapter 25 prior to class so you can help one another (and get some help from Alec) understanding the material
      • Wednesday: no class
      • Thursday: take advantage of the usual evening tutoring session with Alec
      • Friday: no class, but homework due... slide it under my door (or put it in my mailbox in Mather) before I drive through town late Friday night.


    • Topic 6

      Week 5: 10/5 - 10/9

      Main topics: Current and Resistance
      • UP Chapter 26
    • Topic 7

      Week 6: 10/12 - 10/16

      Main topics: Circuits
      • UP Chapter 27
    • Topic 8

      Week 7: 10/19 - 10/23

      • Hendricks Days M-T

      Main topics: Review/Catch-up
    • Topic 9

      Week 8: 10/26 - 10/30

      Main topics: Capacitance
      • UP Chapter 28
    • Topic 10

      Week 9: 11/2 - 11/6

      Main topics: Magnetic Fields
      • UP Chapter 29
    • Topic 11

      Week 10: 11/9 - 11/13

      Main topics: Magnetic Fields due to Currents
      • UP Chapter 30
    • Topic 12

      Week 11: 11/16 - 11/20

      Main topics: Induction and Maxwell's Equations
      • UP Chapter 31 (and 32)
    • Topic 13

      Week 12: 11/23 - 11/27

      • Thanksgiving Break W-F

      Main topics: Catch Up
      • Topic 14

        Week 13: 11/30 - 12/4

        Main topics: Electromagnetic Oscillations and Alternating Current
        • UP Chapter 33
      • Topic 15

        Week 14: 12/7 - 12/11

        • Reading Days Th-F

        Main topics: Summary/wrap-up/review
        • Topic 16

          Exam Week