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1  Introduction: iPhone components  
2  Energy and power  Problem set 1 out 
3  Electrical vs. gas engine  
4  Energy in electrical systems  
5  Electrostatics (Gauss’s law and boundary conditions)  
6  Magnetostatics (magnetic fields and forces) 
Problem set 1 due Problem set 2 out 
Lab 1: DC motor, MATLAB, oscilloscope  
7  Forces in magnetostatics (actuators)  
8  Practical MQS systems (torroids, solenoids, magnets)  
9  Magnetic materials  
10  Faraday’s law (induced emf) 
Problem set 2 due Problem set 3 out 
11  Magnetic circuits and transformers  
12  Forces via energy conservation (energy method)  
13  Stored energy and magnetic actuators 
Problem set 3 due Problem set 4 out 
14  Energy conversion systems: rail guns  
15  Dielectrics and dipoles  
16  Practical dielectrics  
17  Limits of statics and quasistatics  
Lab 2: Shooting magnets  
18  Linear systems, complex numbers and phasors  
19  Electromagnetic waves (wave equation) 
Problem set 4 due Problem set 5 out 
Exam 1  
20  Examples of uniform EM plane waves (Poynting vector)  
21  Generating EM waves: antennas  
22  Interaction of atoms and EM waves (Lorentz oscillator)  
23  Lossy EM waves  
24  Polarized light and polarizers 
Problem set 5 due Problem set 6 out 
25  Birefringence  
26  Liquid crystal display (LCD) technology  
27  Interference and diffraction  
28  Diffraction and holography 
Problem set 6 due Problem set 7 out 
Lab 3: Liquid crystal displays  
29  Reflection and transmission of EM waves  
30  EM reflection and transmission in layered media  
31  Optical resonators  
32  Refraction and Snell’s law 
Problem set 7 due Problem set 8 out 
33  Fresnel equations and EM power flow  
34  Waveguides (optical systems)  
35  Wavepackets  
36  Photon: quantum of energy 
Problem set 8 due Problem set 9 out 
Lab 4: Spectrometer  
37  Photon momentum and uncertainty  
38  Examples of Heisenberg uncertainty principle  
Exam 2  
39  Schrodinger equation  
40  Particle in a box  
41  Reflection from a potential step  
42  Tunneling 
Problem set 9 due Problem set 10 out 
Lab 5: Quantum mechanical tunneling  
43  Tunneling applications (flash memory, STM)  
44  From atoms to molecules  
45  Semiconductors  
46  Light emitting diodes (LEDs)  
47  Photodetectors, solar cells  
48  Electron wavepackets and microscopic Ohm’s law  Problem set 10 due 
49  Quantum superposition and optical transitions  
50  Lasers  
Lab 6: Extra credit lab  
51  Final exam review 
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As Taught In:  Spring 2011 
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