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Classical Physics II
CLASSIC PHY II
CLASS CODE: PH 333 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course does not fulfill a General Education requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Electricity, Magnetism, and Light
DESCRIPTION: Inquiry-based theoretical physics focused on conceptual understanding of electromagnetism and optics.
TOPICS: How Maxwell Changed our World View; Vector Analysis; Review of Physics 220; Maxwell’s Equations in Vector Form; Application of Maxwell’s Equations; Propagation of Electromagnetic Waves; Waves in Bounded Regions; Poynting Vector; Polarization, Reflection and Refraction of light at a plane boundary; Coherence and Interference, Multiple-Beam interference; Fabry-Perot interferometer; Diffraction, Optics of Solids.
OBJECTIVES: The student will be able to:
a) describe the historical development of the philosophy, observations, and theories of electromagnetism;
b) explain the meaning of Maxwell’s Equations expressed in vector form;
c)explain how application of boundary conditions to the electric and magnetic fields of an electromagnetic wave lead to reflection, refraction properties of light;
d)discuss interference and diffraction.
REQUIREMENTS: Homework assignments, exams, research paper, group project and presentation, short papers.
PREREQUISITES: Ph 121, 123, 220, Physics 332, Math 113
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001