Lecture Notes
Physics 1502Q: Physics for Engineers II
Fall Semester, 2009
Sections 5, 6, 7, and 9

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 20, including the definition of the electric charge, Coulomb's force, and electric field for distribution of charges. Ch.20: pp.328-338 No Lab.  
Sept. 2 Lecture 2: Intro,
Electric Field

Introducing Mastering Physics (web homeworks, etc.). Covers the end of Chapter 20 (how electric fields affect matter).  Ch.20: pp.338-341
Sept. 4 Lecture 3:
Gauss's Law
& Applications
Introduces Gauss's Law (Chapter 21) and its applications.
Ch.21: pp.347-352

Sept. 7 Labor Day - No classes
Sept. 9 Lecture 4: Gauss's Law & Electric Potential
Covers the end of Chapter 21: application of Gauss's law to obtain electric fields and understand conductors. Introduces the concept of electric potential and how to calculate it (Chapter 22). Ch.21: pp.352-362
Ch.22: pp.367-375
No Lab.
Sept. 11 Lecture 5: Electric Potential
Chapter 22 (end) on the relationship of electric potential and field, and the implication for conductors. Ch.22: pp.376-379 HW02
Solutions 01

Sept. 14 Lecture 6: Electrostatic Energy
Introduces the concept of electrostatic energy (Chapter 23). Ch.23: pp.384-392 Electric Fields
Sept. 16 Lecture 7: Capacitors
Review of electrostatic energy, introduction of capacitors, and how electrostatic energy is stored. Ch.23: pp.384-392
Sept. 18 Lecture 8: Electric Current
Chapter 24: definition of electric current and current density. Discuss various conduction mechanisms. Introducing resistance and Ohm's law. Ch.24: pp.398-407 HW03
Solutions 02

Sept. 21 Lecture 9: Electric Current
End of Chapter 24: Ohm's law, electric power, and safety. Ch.24: pp.405-410 Capacitors
Sept. 23 Lecture 10: Electric Circuits
Introduces the symbols for circuits, and describes series and parallel resistors. Ch.25: pp.415-422
Sept. 25 Lecture 11: Electric Circuits
Introduces Kirchoff's laws for multi-loop circuits, and discuss electrical measurements. Ch.25: pp.423-426 HW04
Solutions 03

Sept. 28 Lecture 12: RC Circuits
End of Chapter 25 on electric circuits: the role of capacitors, and the behavior of RC circuits. Ch.25: pp.426-430 Resistors & FET
Sept. 30 Lecture 13: Magnetic Force & Field
Begins Chapter 26 by introducing magnetic force and field. Discusses how a charged particle is affected by a magnetic field. Ch.26: pp.436-441
Oct. 2 Lecture 14: Magnetic Force & Review
We study the magnetic force on a current and the Hall effect. We also explore the origin of the magnetic field and discuss the Biot-Savart law. We give a brief review of Chapters 20-25 for the coming midterm. Ch.26: pp.441-445 No HW
Solutions 04

Oct. 5 Midterm Exam 1:
Test Sample
Covers Chapters 20-25

pp.328-430 Magnetic Fields
Oct. 7 Lecture 15: Results & Magnetic Dipoles
We go over the problems of the midterm, and review the magnetic force. We introduce magnetic dipoles, and describe the various type of magnetic matter (ferromagnetic, paramagnetic and diamagnetic). Ch.26: pp.446-451
Oct. 9 Lecture 16: Ampère's Law
We introduce Ampère's law and how to use it to compute the magnetic field for simple geometries. Ch.26: pp.451-457 HW05
No Solutions

Oct. 12 Lecture 17: Electromagnetic Induction
Beginning of Chapter 27: induced currents and Faraday's law. Ch.27: pp.464-468 Inductance
Oct. 14 Lecture 18: Induction
Covers induction and its relation to energy. Introduces Lenz's law. We also define inductance and its role in circuits. Ch.27: pp.469-479
Oct. 16 Lecture 19: Magnetic Energy
Reviews inductance and its role in circuits. Introduces the magnetic energy density. . Ch.27: pp.474-480 HW06
Solutions 05

Oct. 19 Lecture 20: Induced Electric Field
Finishes Chapter 27 on electromagnetic induction by studying induced electric fields by changing magnetic fields. Ch.27: pp.479-483 Tutorial Session
Oct. 21 Lecture 21: AC Circuits
Introduces alternating current (AC) and AC circuit elements. We also study a simple AC circuit: the LC circuit. Ch.28: pp.489-497
Oct. 23 Lecture 22: Power
We finish the LC circuit and introduce the RLC circuit, including the concept of resonances. We define the power in AC circuits and discuss transformaers and power supplies. Ch.28: pp.495-502 HW07
Solutions 06

Oct. 26 Lecture 23: Maxwell's Equations
We review the four laws of electromagetism: Gauss's for electric and magnetic fields, Faraday's, and Ampère's laws. We introduce the displacement current, and give the full set of equations: the Maxwell's equations. Ch.29: pp.508-511 LCR Circuits
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.29: pp.511-518
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.29: pp.515-523 No HW
Solutions 07

Nov. 2 Lecture 26: Optics
We cover reflection and refraction of optical waves. We also study total internal reflection, and introduce dispersion. Ch.30: pp.530-537 Transformers
Nov. 4 Lecture 27: Optical Instruments & Review
We introduce images in mirrors and lenses. We discuss various optical optical instruments. We give a brief review of Chapters 26-29 for the coming midterm. Ch.31: pp.542-558
Nov. 6 Midterm Exam 2:
Test Sample
Covers Chapters 26-29

pp.436-523 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.32: pp.563-567 Lenses
Nov. 11 Lecture 29: Diffraction
We introduce multi-slit interference and diffraction gratings. We define the resolving power, and discuss interferometry. Ch.32: pp.567-573
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.32: pp.573-579 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.33: pp.586-604 Interference
Nov. 18 Lecture 32: Particles & Waves
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, and finally the uncertainty principle. Ch.34: pp.609-624
Nov. 20 Lecture 33: Quantum Mechanics
We describe the Schrödinger equation and the meaning of ψ. We explore quantum effects such as tunneling, and the impact of finite potentials. Ch.35: pp.629-641 HW09
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. Ch.36: pp.646-654 Make-up/Review
Dec. 2 Lecture 35: Atomic & Molecular Physics
We finish Chapter 36: we describe how, together with the Pauli exclusion principle, the electron spin explains the periodic table. We introduce molecular bonding and energy levels, and how they show up in spectra. Ch.36: pp.654-661
Ch.37: pp.666-671
Dec. 4 Lecture 36: Molecules & Solids
We review molecular properties, and introduce solids: crystal structure, band theory, etc. We also discuss superconductivity. Ch.37: pp.671-679 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.38: pp.684-704 LAB FINAL
Dec. 9 Lecture 38: Quarks & 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.39: pp.709-723
Dec. 11 Review Review session to prepare for the Final. Ch.20 - Ch.39 No HW
Solutions 10

ToKnow1 ToKnow2 ToKnow-Final

Mid-Term I Sample Mid-Term II Sample No Final Sample


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