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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.

DESCRIPTION: This is a junior level course which covers electromagnetic theory. In addition, properties of light that can be derived from electromagnetic theory are also discussed.
TAUGHT: Winter
CONTENT AND TOPICS: Inquiry-based theoretical physics focused on conceptual understanding of electromagnetism and optics.
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.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES: 1.Learn Vector analysis, Electrostatics, Electrostatic field in dielectric media, Electric current, Magnetic field of steady currents, Magnetic properties of matter, Electromagnetic induction, Alternating currents, Maxwell’s equations, Electromagnetic waves, Electromagnetic waves in bounded regions, Emission of radiation, Use of boundary conditions on electromagnetic waves to derive relations for light such as reflection, refraction.
2.Use conceptual understanding to make predictions, and then approach the problem mathematically.
3.Bridge between concept and mathematical rigor in order to enhance their understanding.
4.Learn that mathematics combined with conceptual insight is a powerful tool.
5.Use software to enhance their understanding of electromagnetism.

REQUIREMENTS: Lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, exams, research paper, group project and presentation, short papers, in-class assignments.
PREREQUISITES: Physics 220, 332
Math 113 or Math 215
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EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001