PHY 202 Class Schedule
Spring 2012

Text: Fundamentals of Physics, 9th ed., by Halliday, Resnick, and Walker

DATE TOPICS TEXT REF
Week 1 (Jan. 9) Electric charge: charge conservation; Coulomb's law Chapter 21
Week 2 (Jan. 16) Electric field: field of a point charge; superposition Chapter 22

Martin Luther King Holiday:  January 16

Week 3 (Jan. 23) Gauss' Law: electric flux; electrostatic properties of conductors Chapter 23
Week 4 (Jan. 30) Electrostatic energy: electric potential; energy stored by charges Chapter 24
Week 5 (Feb. 6) Capacitance: electric polarization and dielectrics; series and parallel capacitors Chapter 25
EXAM 1:  FEBRUARY 8 Chapters 21 thru 24
Week 6 (Feb. 13) Current and resistance: current density; resistivity and Ohm's law Chapter 26
Week 7 (Feb. 20) DC circuits: Kirchoff's rules; series and parallel resistors; ammeters and voltmeters; RC circuits Chapter 27
Week 8 (Feb. 27) Magnetic fields and forces: force on a moving charge; crossed fields and the Hall effect; forces and torques on current-carrying wires Chapter 28
Week 9 (Mar. 5) Magnetic fields due to currents: Biot-Savart law; Ampere's law; solenoids Chapter 29
EXAM 2:  MARCH 7 Chapters 25 thru 28

Spring Break:  March 10-18

Week 10 (Mar. 19) Magnetic induction: Faraday's law; Lenz's law; inductors; RL circuits Chapter 30
Week 11 (Mar. 26) Electromagnetic oscillations and alternating current: LC circuits; RLC circuits; reactance; transformers Chapter 31
Week 12 (Apr. 2) Maxwell's Equations: Gauss' law for magnetism; Maxwell's displacement current; spin and orbital magnetism Chapters 32, 33

Easter Holiday:  April 5-8

Week 13 (Apr. 9) Electromagnetic waves: polarization; Snell's law; total internal reflection; image formation Chapters 33, 34
EXAM 3:  APRIL 11 Chapters 29 thru 32
Week 14 (Apr. 16) Interference: Young's experiment; multi-slit interference; thin films Chapter 35
Week 15 (Apr. 23) Diffraction: phasor analysis of single-slit intensity; gratings Chapter 36
Week 16 (Apr. 30) Relativity: length contraction; time dilation; Lorentz transformation; mass and energy Chapter 37
FINAL EXAM:  MAY 2, 11:30 am Comprehensive