**In this course we will cover the following basic topics:
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- Electrostatics. Charge, electric force, electric field and
Coulomb's law, Gauss's law, electric potential. Capacitance and
dielectrics.
- Magnetostatics. Current, magnetic force, magnetic field and
the Biot-Savart law, Ampere's law. Magnetic moments, torque, magnetic
precession. Magnetic materials (diamagnetism, paramagnetism,
ferromagnetism).
- Electromagnetic Induction. Motional EMF, induced voltage,
Faraday's law, Lenz's law. Mutual and self inductance. Generators.
- Elementary circuits (DC and AC). Kirchoff's rules. Ohm's
law. Time-varying potentials, RC, LR, LRC circuits. High pass, low
pass, band pass filters, and Q.
- The Maxwell displacement current and its connection to charge
conservation. Maxwell's equations. The electromagnetic wave equation
and light. Energy density, the Poynting vector, radiation pressure.
- Properties of light. Snell's law, simple polarization
(absorption, scattering, reflection), Huygen's principle, dispersion,
the spectrum. Geometric optics and ray diagrams: mirrors, lenses, the
eye, optical instruments. Physical (wave) optics: thin film
interference, 2,3,4...N slit interference, single slit diffraction,
diffraction gratings.

**There will be, as you may have guessed, lots of homework problems.
Homework is an essential part of learning physics and must not
be neglected. I expect all students to do the assigned problems and
keep up with the reading. The structure and organization of the
course will be (approximately!):
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- 20% of grade Weekly Homework. This will include a Webassign
component designed to stimulate reading of the chapter(s)
*before*the associated lectures. - 20% Weekly Quizzes
- 20-30% Hour Exams (3)
- 20-30% Final
- 10% Lab
- 1/3 letter grade Extra Credit Project

**Grading Scheme: The final exam can replace any one hour exam
grade, provided that it is higher. This allows students to make up for
their worst single hour exam performance with their final, so one bad
exam day won't hurt your grade. If you get below a 50 (and the curve is
otherwise normal) and have not religiously handed in your homework, you
fail (F). If you get less than a 60 and have not religiously handed in
your homework, you get an D. If you get 60 or more you get a C- or
better and ``pass''. If you have religiously done your homework, but
have somehow managed to end up less than a 60 or (worse) 50, this will
be taken into account and adjustments may be made at my
discretion. If you have not consistently done and handed in your
homework on time, don't bother me about your grade.
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**Note that the class performance will be plotted on a histogram and
adjustments to the above scheme will be made as required by the
distribution. In addition, I reserve the right to make modest changes
in the exact percentages I assign to any particular component of the
grade - there is some variation from year to year in the amount of
homework, the number of quizzes, and the difficulty of the exams.
Finally, I reserve the right to adjust your distribution-determined
grade (up or down) in consultation with Dr. Mary Creason and the TAs if
for any reason we feel that this grade does not correctly reflect your
degree of learning.
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**If you are concerned about your grade**, you should come see me
early and often; extra credit can be obtained a variety of ways to help
avoid a bad grade or to augment a good one. However, it is **too
late** to do much about this in mid-April!