Lecture Notes

The course notes were written by John Belcher, Peter Dourmashkin, and Sen-Ben Liao.

The TEAL classroom includes the opportunity for students to use the Personal Response System (PRS). Questions are posed to the class to stimulate discussion and indicate how concepts are going over. Students “vote” on answers electronically and their answers are tallied.

WEEK # SES # TOPICS COURSE NOTES PRESENTATIONS PRS
1 1

Hour 1

Why Physics?

Why Studio Physics? (and How?)

Vector and Scalar Fields

Hour 2

Gravitational Fields

Electric Fields

Chapter 1: Sections 1.1 - 1.6; 1.8 (PDF)

Chapter 2 (PDF)

(PDF) (PDF)
2

Hour 1

Review: Electric Fields

Charge

Dipoles

Hour 2

Continuous Charge Distributions

Chapter 1: Section 1.6 (PDF)

Chapter 2 (PDF)

(PDF) (PDF)
3 Problem Solving Session 1: Line and Surface Integrals      
2 4

Hour 1

Working In Groups

Experiment 1: Visualizations

Hour 2

Electric Potential

Chapter 3: Sections 3.1 - 3.5 (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)
5

Hour 1

Gauss’ Law

Hour 2

Gauss’ Law

Chapter 4 (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)
6 Problem Solving Session 2: Electric Field of Continuous Charge Distributions      
3 7

Hour 1

Conductors and Insulators

Experiment 2: Electrostatic Force

Hour 2

Capacitors

Chapter 4: Sections 4.3 - 4.4 (PDF)

Chapter 5 (PDF - 1.3 MB)

(PDF) (PDF)
8

Hour 1

Last Time: Conductors

Experiment 3: Faraday Ice Pail

Hour 2

Capacitors and Dielectrics

Chapter 4: Sections 4.3 - 4.4 (PDF)

Chapter 5 (PDF - 1.3 MB)

(PDF) (PDF)
9 Problem Solving Session 3: Gauss’ Law Chapter 4 (PDF)    
4 10

Hour 1

DC Circuits

Hour 2

Kirchhoff’s Loop Rules

Chapter 6 (PDF)

Chapter 7: Sections 7.1 through 7.4 (PDF)

(PDF - 1.2 MB) (PDF)
11 Problem Solving Session 4: Capacitance Chapter 5 (PDF - 1.3 MB)    
5 12

Hour 1

Working with Circuits

Experiment 4: Part I: Measuring V, I, R

Hour 2

RC Circuits

Experiment 4: Part II: RC Circuits

Chapter 7 (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)
13

Hour 1

Concept Review/Overview

PRS Questions - Possible Exam Questions

Hour 2

Sample Exam

  (PDF) (PDF)
6 14

Hour 1

Magnetic Fields

Experiment 5: Magnetic Fields

Hour 2

Charges moving in B Fields

Exam Review

Chapter 8 (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)
15

Hour 1

Magnetic Force

Experiment 6: Magnetic Force

Hour 2

Creating B Fields: Biot-Savart

Chapter 9: Sections 9.1 - 9.2 (PDF - 1.9 MB) (PDF - 1.1 MB) (PDF)
16 Problem Solving Session 5: Magnetic Torque and Moments

Chapter 8: Sections 8.3 - 8.4 (PDF)

Chapter 9: Sections 9.1 - 9.2 (PDF - 1.9 MB)

   
7 17

Hour 1

Dipoles and Magnetic Fields

Hour 2

Experiment 7: Dipoles in B Fields

Chapter 8: Section 8.4 (PDF)

Chapter 9: Sections 9.1 - 9.2, 9.5 (PDF - 1.9 MB)

(PDF) (PDF)
18

Hour 1

Levitation

Experiment 8: Magnetic Forces

Hour 2

Ampere’s Law

Chapter 9 (PDF - 1.9 MB) (PDF - 1.6 MB) (PDF)
19 Problem Solving Session 6: Ampere’s Law Chapter 9: Sections 9.3 - 9.4; 9.10.2, 9.11.6, 9.11.7 (PDF - 1.9 MB)    
8 20

Hour 1

Faraday’s Law

Hour 2

Faraday’s Law: Applications

Chapter 10 (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)
21

Hour 1

Experiment 9: Faraday’s Law

Hour 2

Faraday’s Law

Transformers

Magnetic Materials

Chapter 10 (PDF)

Chapter 11: Section 11.1 (PDF - 1.0 MB)

(PDF) (PDF)
22 Problem Solving Session 7: Faraday’s Law Chapter 10 (PDF)    
9 23

Hour 1

Concept Review/Overview

PRS Questions - Possible Exam Questions

Hour 2

Sample Exam

  (PDF) (PDF)
24

Hour 1

Inductance and LR Circuits

Hour 2

Energy in Inductors

Chapter 11: Sections 11.1 - 11.4 (PDF - 1.0 MB) (PDF) (PDF - 1.3 MB)
10 25

Hour 1

Experiment 10: Part I: Measuring L

LC Circuits

Hour 2

Experiment 10: Part II: LRC Circuit

Chapter 11: Sections 11.5 - 11.6 (PDF - 1.0 MB) (PDF) (PDF)
26

Hour 1

Driven Harmonic Motion (RLC)

Hour 2

Experiment 11: Driven RLC Circuit

Chapter 12 (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)
27 Problem Solving Session 8: Driven RLC Circuits Chapter 12 (PDF)    
11 28

Hour 1

Displacement Current

Maxwell’s Equations

Hour 2

Electromagnetic Waves

Chapter 13 (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)
29 Problem Solving Session 9: Displacement Current, Poynting Chapter 13 (PDF)    
12 30

Hour 1

Traveling and Standing Waves

Hour 2

Electromagnetic (EM) Waves

Chapter 13 (PDF) (PDF) (PDF)
31

Hour 1

Concept Review/Overview

PRS Questions - Possible Exam Questions

Hour 2

Sample Exam

  (PDF)  
13 32

Hour 1

Generating Electromagnetic Waves

Plane EM Waves

Electric Dipole EM Waves

Hour 2

Experiment 12: Microwaves

Review Exam 3 Results

Chapter 13 (PDF) (PDF - 2.9 MB) (PDF)
33

Hour 1

Interference

Hour 2

Experiment 13: Interference

Chapter 14 (PDF) (PDF - 1.4 MB) (PDF)
34 Problem Solving Session 10: Interference      
14 35

Hour 1

The Structure of Space and Time

Hour 2

The Structure of Space and Time

     
36

Hour 1

Concept Review/Overview

PRS Questions - Possible Exam Questions

Hour 2

Sample Exam

  (PDF)  

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