Lecture Notes
Physics 1402Q: General Physics with Calculus II
Fall Semester, 2009
Sections 1, 2, and 3
Robin Côté
Syllabus
Homeworks
ToKnows and MidTerm Samples
Chart and Grades
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Date  Lecture  Content  Reading Ch. & pp. 
Lab/HWs/Sols  

Aug. 31 
Lecture 1: Intro., Electric Charge, Force & Field [pdf] 
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.709727  No Lab.  
Sept. 2 
Lecture 2: Intro, Electric Field [pdf] 
Introducing Mastering Physics (web homeworks, etc.). Covers the end of Chapter 21 (how to compute electric fields for various cases).  Ch.21: pp.727738  
Sept. 4 
Lecture 3: Gauss's Law & Applications [pdf] 
Introduces Gauss's Law (Chapter 22) and its applications. 
Ch.22: pp.750767 
HW01  
Sept. 7  Labor Day   No classes  
Sept. 9 
Lecture 4: Gauss's Law & Electric Potential [pdf] 
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.761771 Ch.23: pp.780794 
No Lab.  
Sept. 11 
Lecture 5: Electric Potential
[pdf] 
Chapter 23 (end) on the relationship of electric potential and field, and the implication for conductors.  Ch.23: pp.794803 
HW02 Solutions 01 

Sept. 14 
Lecture 6: Capacitors
[pdf] 
Introduction of capacitors, and how electrostatic energy is stored.  Ch.24: pp.815828  Electric Fields  
Sept. 16 
Lecture 7: Electrostatic Energy
[pdf] 
Review of electrostatic energy, and capacitors. Introduces dielectrics.  Ch.24: pp.824836  
Sept. 18 
Lecture 8: Electric Current
[pdf] 
Chapter 25: definition of electric current and current density. Discuss various conduction mechanisms. Introducing resistance and Ohm's law.  Ch.25: pp.846856 
HW03 Solutions 02 

Sept. 21  Lecture 9: Electric Current
[pdf] 
End of Chapter 25: Ohm's law, electromotive force, and electric power.  Ch.25: pp.857870  Ohm's Law I  
Sept. 23  Lecture 10: Electric Circuits [pdf] 
Introduces the symbols for circuits, and describes series and parallel resistors.  Ch.26: pp.881886  
Sept. 25  Lecture 11: DC Circuits
[pdf] 
Introduces Kirchoff's laws for multiloop circuits, and discuss electrical measurements.  Ch.26: pp.886895 
HW04 Solutions 03 

Sept. 28  Lecture 12: RC Circuits
[pdf] 
End of Chapter 26 on electric circuits: the role of capacitors, the behavior of RC circuits, and power distribution systems.  Ch.26: pp.896904  Ohm's Law II  
Sept. 30  Lecture 13: Magnetic Force & Field
[pdf] 
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.916925  
Oct. 2  Lecture 14: Magnetic Force
& Review
[pdf] 
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 2126 for the coming midterm.  Ch.27: pp.925935 
No HW Solutions 04 

Oct. 5 
Midterm Exam 1: Test Sample ToKnow1 
Covers Chapters 2126

pp.709904  AC Circuits I  
Oct. 7  Lecture 15: Results &
Magnetic Dipoles
[pdf] 
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.935944  
Oct. 9  Lecture 16: More Bfield
[pdf] 
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.957967 
HW05 No Solutions 

Oct. 12  Lecture 17: Ampère's Law [pdf] 
We compute the Bfield for a loop of current, and introduce Ampère's Law. We discuss some applications of Ampère's Law.  Ch.28: pp.967976  Magnetic Fields  
Oct. 14  Lecture 18: Induction
[pdf] 
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.976981 Ch.29: pp.9931006 

Oct. 16  Lecture 19: Maxwell's Equations
[pdf] 
We discuss induced electric fields, and introduce the displacement current and Maxwell's equations. We also explore superconductivity. .  Ch.29: pp.10061018 
HW06 Solutions 05 

Oct. 19  Lecture 20: Inductance
[pdf] 
We begin Chapter 30 and define mutual inductance and selfinductance. We show the relationship of inductance with the magnetic field energy.  Ch.30: pp.10301040  AC Circuits II (Induction)  
Oct. 21  Lecture 21: LRC Circuit [pdf] 
We apply the inductance to the RL circuit, the LC circuit, and the LRC circuit. We also discuss how the energy is sored/moved around in such circuits.  Ch.30: pp.10411051  
Oct. 23  Lecture 22: AC Current [pdf] 
We introduce the phase of alternating currents, and the resistance and reactance in AC circuits.  Ch.31: pp.10611070 
HW07 Solutions 06 

Oct. 26  Lecture 23:
Power in AC Circuits
[pdf] 
We revisit the LRC circuit, and discuss the power in AC circuits. Finally, we study how transformers work.  Ch.31: pp.10711083  Spectroscopy  
Oct. 28  Lecture 24:
Electromagnetic Waves
[pdf] 
We review Maxwell's equations, and introduce a consequence of these equation: electromagnetic waves. We also discuss their properties.  Ch.32: pp.10921106  
Oct. 30  Lecture 25:
Electromagnetic Waves
[pdf] 
We complete the discussion on electromagnetic waves, including how they are produced, their energy and momentum, and the electromagnetic spectrum.  Ch.32: pp.11061114 
No HW Solutions 07 

Nov. 2  Lecture 26:
Light
[pdf] 
We cover reflection and refraction of optical waves. We also study total internal reflection, and introduce dispersion.  Ch.33: pp.11211146  Interference of Light  
Nov. 4  Lecture 27: Optics
& Review [pdf] 
We introduce images in mirrors and lenses. We discuss various optical optical instruments. We give a brief review of Chapters 2732 for the coming midterm.  Ch.34: pp.11571195  
Nov. 6 
Midterm Exam 2: Test Sample ToKnow2 
Covers Chapters 2732

pp.9161114 
No HW No Solutions 

Nov. 9  Lecture 28:
Results & Interference
[pdf] 
We go over the problems of the midterm. We define coherence and interference, and discuss constructive and destructive interference. We study doubleslit interference and the related intensity pattern.  Ch.35: pp.12071218  Interference of Sound  
Nov. 11  Lecture 29:
Diffraction
[pdf] 
We finish Chapter 35: we look at inteference in thin films and the Michelson interferometer. We begin Chapter 36: we introduce multislit interference and diffraction gratings. 
Ch.35: pp.12181226 Ch.36: pp.12341249 

Nov. 13  Lecture 30:
Diffraction
[pdf] 
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.12501258 
HW08 No Solutions 

Nov. 16  Lecture 31:
Relativity
[pdf] 
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.12681297  Lens Equation  
Nov. 18  Lecture 32:
Modern Physics [pdf] 
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
[pdf] 
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.13491367 Ch.40: pp. 13751393 
HW09 Solutions 08 

Nov. 23  
Nov. 25  Thanksgiving   No classes  
Nov. 27  
Nov. 30  Lecture 34:
Atomic Physics
[pdf] 
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.14011426  Radiation  
Dec. 2  Lecture 35:
Atomic & Molecular Physics
[pdf] 
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.14331460  
Dec. 4  Lecture 36:
Molecules & Solids [pdf] 
I We review molecular properties, and introduce solids: crystal structure, band theory, etc.  Ch.42: pp.14331460 
HW10 Solutions 09 

Dec. 7  Lecture 37:
Nuclear Physics
[pdf] 
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.14681501  Makeup/Review  
Dec. 9  Lecture 38:
Particle Physics & Cosmos [pdf] 
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.15091546  
Dec. 11  Review  Review session to prepare for the Final.  Ch.21  Ch.44 
No HW Solutions 10 

ToKnow1  ToKnow2  ToKnowFinal 
MidTerm I Sample  MidTerm II Sample  NO Final Sample 
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