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Physics 162 will discuss electric fields, magnetic fields, how particles move in response 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, engineering, and technology. The course covers much of the same material as Physics 142 (taken mainly by life science students) and Physics 152 (taken mainly by engineering students) but differs from those courses by discussing some deeper scientific insights, by relating the material to various frontiers of physics, science and technology, by treating some topics in greater depth (e.g., how electric and magnetic fields are related through special relativity, or how to derive Faraday's law), by teaching the class how to solve problems with a greater level of scientific and mathematical sophistication, and by having more fun.
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