Lecture Notes
Physics 1402Q: General Physics with Calculus II
Fall Semester, 2009
Sections 1, 2, and 3

Robin Côté



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Date Lecture Content Reading
Ch. & pp.

Aug. 31 Lecture 1: Intro.,
Electric Charge, Force & Field

Introducing how the course works. We cover Chapter 21, including the definition of the electric charge, Coulomb's force, and electric field for distribution of charges. Ch.21: pp.709-727 No Lab.  
Sept. 2 Lecture 2: Intro,
Electric Field

Introducing Mastering Physics (web homeworks, etc.). Covers the end of Chapter 21 (how to compute electric fields for various cases).  Ch.21: pp.727-738
Sept. 4 Lecture 3:
Gauss's Law
& Applications
Introduces Gauss's Law (Chapter 22) and its applications.
Ch.22: pp.750-767

Sept. 7 Labor Day - No classes
Sept. 9 Lecture 4: Gauss's Law & Electric Potential
Covers the end of Chapter 22: application of Gauss's law to obtain electric fields and understand conductors. Introduces the concept of electric potential and how to calculate it (Chapter 23). Ch.22: pp.761-771
Ch.23: pp.780-794
No Lab.
Sept. 11 Lecture 5: Electric Potential
Chapter 23 (end) on the relationship of electric potential and field, and the implication for conductors. Ch.23: pp.794-803 HW02
Solutions 01

Sept. 14 Lecture 6: Capacitors
Introduction of capacitors, and how electrostatic energy is stored. Ch.24: pp.815-828 Electric Fields
Sept. 16 Lecture 7: Electrostatic Energy
Review of electrostatic energy, and capacitors. Introduces dielectrics. Ch.24: pp.824-836
Sept. 18 Lecture 8: Electric Current
Chapter 25: definition of electric current and current density. Discuss various conduction mechanisms. Introducing resistance and Ohm's law. Ch.25: pp.846-856 HW03
Solutions 02

Sept. 21 Lecture 9: Electric Current
End of Chapter 25: Ohm's law, electromotive force, and electric power. Ch.25: pp.857-870 Ohm's Law I
Sept. 23 Lecture 10: Electric Circuits
Introduces the symbols for circuits, and describes series and parallel resistors. Ch.26: pp.881-886
Sept. 25 Lecture 11: DC Circuits
Introduces Kirchoff's laws for multi-loop circuits, and discuss electrical measurements. Ch.26: pp.886-895 HW04
Solutions 03

Sept. 28 Lecture 12: RC Circuits
End of Chapter 26 on electric circuits: the role of capacitors, the behavior of RC circuits, and power distribution systems. Ch.26: pp.896-904 Ohm's Law II
Sept. 30 Lecture 13: Magnetic Force & Field
Begins Chapter 27 by introducing magnetic force and field. Discusses how a charged particle is affected by a magnetic field. We also define the magnetic flux. Ch.27: pp.916-925
Oct. 2 Lecture 14: Magnetic Force & Review
We study the motion of a charged particle in a magnetic filed and the force on a current. We give a brief review of Chapters 21-26 for the coming midterm. Ch.27: pp.925-935 No HW
Solutions 04

Oct. 5 Midterm Exam 1:
Test Sample
Covers Chapters 21-26

pp.709-904 AC Circuits I
Oct. 7 Lecture 15: Results & Magnetic Dipoles
We go over the problems of the midterm, and review the magnetic force. We study the force and torque on a current loop, and introduce magnetic dipoles. We explain how a DC motor works, and the Hall effect Ch.27: pp.935-944
Oct. 9 Lecture 16: More B-field
We begin Chapter 28: we compute the magnetic field of straight currents, and use the result to obtain the force between two parallel conductors. Ch.28: pp.957-967 HW05
No Solutions

Oct. 12 Lecture 17: Ampère's Law
We compute the B-field for a loop of current, and introduce Ampère's Law. We discuss some applications of Ampère's Law. Ch.28: pp.967-976 Magnetic Fields
Oct. 14 Lecture 18: Induction
We finish Chapter 28 (various types of magnetic materials). We begin Chapter 29 on electromagnetic induction. We introduce Faraday's and Lenz's laws. Ch.28: pp.976-981
Ch.29: pp.993-1006
Oct. 16 Lecture 19: Maxwell's Equations
We discuss induced electric fields, and introduce the displacement current and Maxwell's equations. We also explore superconductivity. . Ch.29: pp.1006-1018 HW06
Solutions 05

Oct. 19 Lecture 20: Inductance
We begin Chapter 30 and define mutual inductance and self-inductance. We show the relationship of inductance with the magnetic field energy. Ch.30: pp.1030-1040 AC Circuits II (Induction)
Oct. 21 Lecture 21: LRC Circuit
We apply the inductance to the R-L circuit, the L-C circuit, and the L-R-C circuit. We also discuss how the energy is sored/moved around in such circuits. Ch.30: pp.1041-1051
Oct. 23 Lecture 22: AC Current
We introduce the phase of alternating currents, and the resistance and reactance in AC circuits. Ch.31: pp.1061-1070 HW07
Solutions 06

Oct. 26 Lecture 23: Power in AC Circuits
We revisit the L-R-C circuit, and discuss the power in AC circuits. Finally, we study how transformers work. Ch.31: pp.1071-1083 Spectroscopy
Oct. 28 Lecture 24: Electromagnetic Waves
We review Maxwell's equations, and introduce a consequence of these equation: electromagnetic waves. We also discuss their properties. Ch.32: pp.1092-1106
Oct. 30 Lecture 25: Electromagnetic Waves
We complete the discussion on electromagnetic waves, including how they are produced, their energy and momentum, and the electromagnetic spectrum. Ch.32: pp.1106-1114 No HW
Solutions 07

Nov. 2 Lecture 26: Light
We cover reflection and refraction of optical waves. We also study total internal reflection, and introduce dispersion. Ch.33: pp.1121-1146 Interference of Light
Nov. 4 Lecture 27: Optics & Review
We introduce images in mirrors and lenses. We discuss various optical optical instruments. We give a brief review of Chapters 27-32 for the coming midterm. Ch.34: pp.1157-1195
Nov. 6 Midterm Exam 2:
Test Sample
Covers Chapters 27-32

pp.916-1114 No HW
No Solutions

Nov. 9 Lecture 28: Results & Interference
We go over the problems of the midterm. We define coherence and interference, and discuss constructive and destructive interference. We study double-slit interference and the related intensity pattern. Ch.35: pp.1207-1218 Interference of Sound
Nov. 11 Lecture 29: Diffraction
We finish Chapter 35: we look at inteference in thin films and the Michelson interferometer. We begin Chapter 36: we introduce multi-slit interference and diffraction gratings. Ch.35: pp.1218-1226
Ch.36: pp.1234-1249
Nov. 13 Lecture 30: Diffraction
We reviews diffraction and its relationship to Huygen's principle. We also introduce the concept of the diffraction limit, and its implication on some applications (e.g. measurement instruments, etc.). Ch.36: pp.1250-1258 HW08
No Solutions

Nov. 16 Lecture 31: Relativity
We introduce Special Relativity and the Lorentz transformations. We discuss implications of time and space relationship. We also look at the link to electromagnetism, and finally introduce General Relativity. Ch.37: pp.1268-1297 Lens Equation
Nov. 18 Lecture 32: Modern Physics
We introduce the concepts that brought the revolution of quantum mechanics. We first look at blackbody radiation, the concept of photon, the Bohr model of the atom, etc. Ch.38: pp.13071339
Nov. 20 Lecture 33: Particles, Waves & Quantum Mechanics
We discuss the wave nature of particles. We describe the Schrödinger equation and the meaning of ψ. We explore quantum effects such as tunneling, and the impact of finite potentials. Ch.39: pp.1349-1367
Ch.40: pp. 1375-1393
Solutions 08

Nov. 23
Nov. 25 Thanksgiving - No classes
Nov. 27

Nov. 30 Lecture 34: Atomic Physics
We revisit the hydrogen atom using quantum mechanics, and introduce a new concept: the electron spin. We describe how, together with the Pauli exclusion principle, the electron spin explains the periodic table. Ch.41: pp.1401-1426 Radiation
Dec. 2 Lecture 35: Atomic & Molecular Physics
We finish Chapter 41, and begin Chapter 42. We introduce molecular bonding and energy levels, and how they show up in spectra. Ch.42: pp.1433-1460
Dec. 4 Lecture 36: Molecules & Solids
I We review molecular properties, and introduce solids: crystal structure, band theory, etc. Ch.42: pp.1433-1460 HW10
Solutions 09

Dec. 7 Lecture 37: Nuclear Physics
We introduce the concepts of elements, isotopes, and discuss the nuclear structure. We study radioactivity and the various types of radiation. We explain how nuclear fission and fusion works. Ch.43: pp.1468-1501 Make-up/Review
Dec. 9 Lecture 38: Particle Physics & Cosmos
We introduce Particle Physics, and the classification of particles. We discuss quarks and the Standard model, and the efforts to unify the various forcces of Nature. Finally, we look at our evolving universe. Ch.44: pp.1509-1546
Dec. 11 Review Review session to prepare for the Final. Ch.21 - Ch.44 No HW
Solutions 10

ToKnow1 ToKnow2 ToKnow-Final

Mid-Term I Sample Mid-Term II Sample NO Final Sample


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