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Physics and Astronomy - Course Details

PHYS272: Electric And Magnetic Interactions (PAST/FUTURE SEMESTER)

Fall, Spring, and Summer, 4 Credits

Prerequisite: PHYS 172; Corequisite: MA 162. Authorized equivalent courses or consent of instructor may be used in satisfying course pre- and co-requisites.
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Calculus-based physics course using concepts of electric and magnetic fields and an atomic description of matter to describe polarization, fields produced by charge distributions, potential, electrical circuits, magnetic forces, induction, and related topics, leading to Maxwell's equations and electromagnetic radiation and an introduction to waves and interference. 3-D graphical simulations and numerical problem solving by computer are employed throughout.

Barnes, Virgil – Carlson, Erica

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Textbook(s) for Fall 2013

Title Author Edition ISBN Publisher Req/Opt Notes
Matter & Interactions Vol. 2 Chabay & Sherwood 3rd; (January 7, 2010) 978-0470503461 Wiley & Sons Optional
Matter & Interactions 3E V2 Webassign 1S Set Chabay & Sherwood 3rd; (January 7, 2010) 9780470597804 Wiley & Sons Optional
Physics 272 Labs Available on the Phys 272 Website 2013 Optional
Matter & Interactions 3e CourseSmart (Vol. 1 & 2) excluding WebAssign Chabay & Sherwood 9780470565889 Wiley & Sons Optional
WebAssign Optional
i>Clicker Bedford/Freeman/Worth Optional

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