Physics 162: Electricity, Magnetism, and Light
Spring Semester, 2015

Professor Henry Greenside

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Welcome to Physics 162, the second-semester of Duke's year-long calculus-based introductory physics course intended for students who like physics or who might major in physics, biophysics, or engineering.

Physics 162 will discuss electric fields, magnetic fields, how particles and materials respond to these fields, and properties of light as an electromagnetic field, all topics of enormous fundamental interest as well as being important for many areas of science and technology. The course covers much of the same material as Physics 142L (taken mainly by life science students) and Physics 152L (taken mainly by engineering students) but differs from those courses by discussing some deeper scientific insights, by relating the material to various scientific and technological frontiers, by discussing some different topics (e.g., how electric and magnetic fields are related through special relativity, the use of complex numbers for understanding alternating current circuits and wave interference), by teaching the class how to solve problems with a greater level of scientific and mathematical sophistication, and by having more fun.

Note: Announcements and class discussions will take place via the course Piazza webpage, while grades and copyrighted documents will be posted on the course's Sakai website.