Lecture Notes
Physics 1502Q: Physics for Engineers II
Fall Semester, 2009
Sections 5, 6, 7, and 9
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 20, including the definition of the electric charge, Coulomb's force, and electric field for distribution of charges.  Ch.20: pp.328338  No Lab.  
Sept. 2 
Lecture 2: Intro, Electric Field [pdf] 
Introducing Mastering Physics (web homeworks, etc.). Covers the end of Chapter 20 (how electric fields affect matter).  Ch.20: pp.338341  
Sept. 4 
Lecture 3: Gauss's Law & Applications [pdf] 
Introduces Gauss's Law (Chapter 21) and its applications. 
Ch.21: pp.347352 
HW01  
Sept. 7  Labor Day   No classes  
Sept. 9 
Lecture 4: Gauss's Law & Electric Potential [pdf] 
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.352362 Ch.22: pp.367375 
No Lab.  
Sept. 11 
Lecture 5: Electric Potential
[pdf] 
Chapter 22 (end) on the relationship of electric potential and field, and the implication for conductors.  Ch.22: pp.376379 
HW02 Solutions 01 

Sept. 14 
Lecture 6: Electrostatic Energy
[pdf] 
Introduces the concept of electrostatic energy (Chapter 23).  Ch.23: pp.384392  Electric Fields  
Sept. 16 
Lecture 7: Capacitors
[pdf] 
Review of electrostatic energy, introduction of capacitors, and how electrostatic energy is stored.  Ch.23: pp.384392  
Sept. 18 
Lecture 8: Electric Current
[pdf] 
Chapter 24: definition of electric current and current density. Discuss various conduction mechanisms. Introducing resistance and Ohm's law.  Ch.24: pp.398407 
HW03 Solutions 02 

Sept. 21  Lecture 9: Electric Current
[pdf] 
End of Chapter 24: Ohm's law, electric power, and safety.  Ch.24: pp.405410  Capacitors  
Sept. 23  Lecture 10: Electric Circuits [pdf] 
Introduces the symbols for circuits, and describes series and parallel resistors.  Ch.25: pp.415422  
Sept. 25  Lecture 11: Electric Circuits
[pdf] 
Introduces Kirchoff's laws for multiloop circuits, and discuss electrical measurements.  Ch.25: pp.423426 
HW04 Solutions 03 

Sept. 28  Lecture 12: RC Circuits
[pdf] 
End of Chapter 25 on electric circuits: the role of capacitors, and the behavior of RC circuits.  Ch.25: pp.426430  Resistors & FET  
Sept. 30  Lecture 13: Magnetic Force & Field
[pdf] 
Begins Chapter 26 by introducing magnetic force and field. Discusses how a charged particle is affected by a magnetic field.  Ch.26: pp.436441  
Oct. 2  Lecture 14: Magnetic Force
& Review
[pdf] 
We study the magnetic force on a current and the Hall effect. We also explore the origin of the magnetic field and discuss the BiotSavart law. We give a brief review of Chapters 2025 for the coming midterm.  Ch.26: pp.441445 
No HW Solutions 04 

Oct. 5 
Midterm Exam 1: Test Sample ToKnow1 
Covers Chapters 2025

pp.328430  Magnetic Fields  
Oct. 7  Lecture 15: Results &
Magnetic Dipoles
[pdf] 
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.446451  
Oct. 9  Lecture 16: Ampère's Law
[pdf] 
We introduce Ampère's law and how to use it to compute the magnetic field for simple geometries.  Ch.26: pp.451457 
HW05 No Solutions 

Oct. 12  Lecture 17: Electromagnetic Induction [pdf] 
Beginning of Chapter 27: induced currents and Faraday's law.  Ch.27: pp.464468  Inductance  
Oct. 14  Lecture 18: Induction
[pdf] 
Covers induction and its relation to energy. Introduces Lenz's law. We also define inductance and its role in circuits.  Ch.27: pp.469479  
Oct. 16  Lecture 19: Magnetic Energy
[pdf] 
Reviews inductance and its role in circuits. Introduces the magnetic energy density. .  Ch.27: pp.474480 
HW06 Solutions 05 

Oct. 19  Lecture 20: Induced Electric Field
[pdf] 
Finishes Chapter 27 on electromagnetic induction by studying induced electric fields by changing magnetic fields.  Ch.27: pp.479483  Tutorial Session  
Oct. 21  Lecture 21: AC Circuits [pdf] 
Introduces alternating current (AC) and AC circuit elements. We also study a simple AC circuit: the LC circuit.  Ch.28: pp.489497  
Oct. 23  Lecture 22: Power [pdf] 
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.495502 
HW07 Solutions 06 

Oct. 26  Lecture 23:
Maxwell's Equations
[pdf] 
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.508511  LCR Circuits  
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.29: pp.511518  
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.29: pp.515523 
No HW Solutions 07 

Nov. 2  Lecture 26:
Optics
[pdf] 
We cover reflection and refraction of optical waves. We also study total internal reflection, and introduce dispersion.  Ch.30: pp.530537  Transformers  
Nov. 4  Lecture 27: Optical Instruments
& Review [pdf] 
We introduce images in mirrors and lenses. We discuss various optical optical instruments. We give a brief review of Chapters 2629 for the coming midterm.  Ch.31: pp.542558  
Nov. 6 
Midterm Exam 2: Test Sample ToKnow2 
Covers Chapters 2629

pp.436523 
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.32: pp.563567  Lenses  
Nov. 11  Lecture 29:
Diffraction
[pdf] 
We introduce multislit interference and diffraction gratings. We define the resolving power, and discuss interferometry.  Ch.32: pp.567573  
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.32: pp.573579 
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.33: pp.586604  Interference  
Nov. 18  Lecture 32:
Particles & Waves [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, and finally the uncertainty principle.  Ch.34: pp.609624  
Nov. 20  Lecture 33:
Quantum Mechanics
[pdf] 
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.629641 
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.  Ch.36: pp.646654  Makeup/Review  
Dec. 2  Lecture 35:
Atomic & Molecular Physics
[pdf] 
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.654661 Ch.37: pp.666671 

Dec. 4  Lecture 36:
Molecules & Solids [pdf] 
We review molecular properties, and introduce solids: crystal structure, band theory, etc. We also discuss superconductivity.  Ch.37: pp.671679 
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.38: pp.684704  LAB FINAL  
Dec. 9  Lecture 38:
Quarks & 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.39: pp.709723  
Dec. 11  Review  Review session to prepare for the Final.  Ch.20  Ch.39 
No HW Solutions 10 

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