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Physics 162 will discuss electrical fields, magnetic fields, how particles move in response to these fields, light, and optics: 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 certain equations can be derived or certain ideas demonstrated or discovered by experiment), by having labs that are more creative and exploratory, and by teaching the class how to solve problems that assume a greater level of scientific and mathematical sophistication.
Please refer to the links at the top of this page to access course announcements, the course syllabus, and other useful material. In particular, please check the Announcements link from time to time for postings of reading assignments, homeworks, answers,and topics or talks of special interest to the class.
Note: This course has an
active Sakai website but
that site will play a secondary role in that only grades and blogs
will be accessed there.