Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe the interaction of static electric charges utilizing the concept of electric field, and compute the electric field produced by simple charge distributions. Use direct integration and Gauss’s Law to compute the electric field.
2. Define electric potential, potential energy, and capacitance. Solve related problems.
3. Analyze simple direct-current circuits, including resistance-capacitance arrangements.
4. Describe the interaction of moving electric charges utilizing the concept of magnetic field. Describe Gauss’ law for magnetism, creation of electric fields from changing magnetic fields (Faraday’s Law) and the creation of magnetic fields from changing electric fields (Amperes’ Law with displacement current). Solve problems involving electromagnetic induction and motional EMF.
5. Define inductance, and analyze the behavior of resistance-inductance and inductance-capacitance circuits.
6. Describe the interplay of oscillating electric and magnetic fields required for propagating electromagnetic waves.
7. Demonstrate an understanding of interference phenomena in the diffraction of light waves in experiments involving single and double slits, circular apertures, diffraction gratings, thin films, and crystals. Solve related problems.
8. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of quantum theory, including the Bohr’s model of atom, the Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, the Schrödinger wave equation and elements of quantum statistics.
9. Demonstrate an understanding of the motivation for postulates of special theory of relativity and solve problems in time dilation and length contraction. Understand and apply the Lorentz transformation equations and their consequences.