PHYSICS 0175
BASIC PHYSICS FOR SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING II
Fall 2006

Course Description

The course text is University Physics, Pitt custom edition, vol. 2, 2nd ed., by Young and Freedman.

Topics to be covered include:

• Electric Charge and Fields (ch 21)
• Gauss' Law (ch 22)
• Electric Potential (ch 23)
• Capacitance (ch 24)
• Current and Resistance (ch 25)
• Circuits (ch 26)
• Magnetic Fields (ch 27)
• Magnetic Fields due to Currents (ch 28)
• Induction (ch 29)
• Electromagnetic Waves (ch 32)
• The Nature of Light (ch 33)
• Interference (ch 35)
• Diffraction (ch 36) [if time permits]
• Quantum Theory (chs 38,39,40) [if time permits]

Course Objectives

Students will be able to

• apply Gauss's and Coulomb's laws to solve problems in electrostatics
• obtain electric fields from given charge configurations
• analyse electrical circuits in terms of Kirchhoff's and Ohm's laws
• explain and apply the concept of the magnetic field to the motion of charged particles, loops, motors, and other systems
• construct and solve differential equations describing RL, LC, and LRC circuits
• use power and energy concepts to describe circuits containing resistors, capacitors, and inductors
• apply the Lorentz force law to describe the motion of charged particles in a magnetic field
• apply the laws of Biot-Savart and Ampere to derive the magnetic field due to given charge configurations
• apply Faraday's and Lenz's laws to describe electromagnetic induction and induced fields
• compute the flow of energy and momentum due to electromagnetic waves
• apply Huygen's principle, Snell's law, and Brewster's law to derive properties of reflected, refracted, and polarized light

Students should already be able to

• use scientific notation and the SI system of units
• manipulate trigonometric and logarithmic functions
• solve systems of two equations for two variables
• compute the components of vectors using trigonometric functions and add vectors
• correctly use the vector equation F=ma
• correctly use the equation x = x0 + v0 t + 1/2 a t*t
• apply the equation F = m v*v/r to circular motion

Contact Information

• Lecturer: Eric Swanson
• Office: 217 Allen Hall
• Office hours: you may drop by any time, but making an appointment is safer
• Phone: 624-9057
• E-mail: swansone@pitt.edu. I don't guarantee that I will respond to all email.
• Lectures: MW 9:00-10:50 (Thaw 104)
• course web site: http://bloodaxe.phyast.pitt.edu/py175/

Marking Scheme:

BEST OF

• 0.2 assignments + 0.3 exam + 0.25 midterm1 + 0.25 midterm2
• 0.2 assignments + 0.5 exam + 0.3 best of (midterm1, midterm2)
• 0.2 assignments + 0.8 exam

Teaching Assistant:

Recitation Sections

• Wed 12:00 - 12:50 103 Allen
• Wed 1:00 - 1:50 103 Allen
• Thurs 1:00 - 1:50 319 Allen

Assignments

Assignments will be done online with the LON/CAPA homework system. Instructions for using the system will be given in class and are repeated here.

due dates

• Asst 0 LON-CAPA Warmup Aug 31, 3 AM
• Asst 1 Electric Charge and Coulomb's Law Sept 6, 3 AM
• Asst 2 Gauss's Law Sept 14, 3 AM
• Asst 2b More Gauss's Law Sept 24, 3 AM
• Asst 3 Electric Potential Sept 30, 3 AM
• Asst 4 Capacitance and Dielectrics Oct 8, 3 AM
• Asst 5 Current, Resistance, and EMF Oct 15, 3 AM
• Asst 6 DC Circuits Oct 22, 3 AM
• Asst 7 Magnetic Fields and Forces Nov 5, 3 AM
• Asst 8 Sources of Magnetic Fields Nov 12, 3 AM
• Asst 9 Induction and Faraday's Law Nov 24, 3 AM
• Asst 10 EM Waves Dec 4 , 3 AM
• Asst 11 The Nature of Light Dec 11, 3 AM

Special Dates

• Aug 28 classes begin
• Sep 4 no class
• Midterm 1 Oct 9 results
• Oct 27 monitored withdrawal cutoff
• Midterm 2 Nov 20 results
• Nov 22-26 incl Thanksgiving recess
• Dec 8 last class
• EXAM Dec 16 08:00-09:50 Thaw 102/104