# Coursebooks 2016-2017

## General physics III

Grundler Dirk

English

#### Summary

The topics covered by the course are concepts of fluid mechanics, waves, and electromagnetism.

#### Content

Concepts of fluid mechanics
- Statics and dynamics of ideal fluids
Waves
- General understanding of wave motion, including energetic aspects
- Description of different waves propagating in a dense medium
- Superposition of waves: reflection, stationary waves, wave modulation, interference, and diffraction
Electromagnetism
- Electrostatics: Coulomb law and electric field, Gauss law, electric potential, capacity and energy, the electric fields in the dielectric matter
- Electrical currents and AC circuits
- Magnetostatics: the electrical currents and the magnetic field, the two fundamental laws, the magnetic properties of matter, ferromagnetism.
- The Faraday law: the emf force, the law of induction, self and mutual inductances, the magnetic energy
- Maxwell equations: the displacement current and Maxwell equations in vacuum, electromagnetic waves, Poynting vector, energy considerations

#### Keywords

Electromagnetism, electricity and magnetism, interference, diffraction, Poynting vector, Maxwell's equations, vector calculus, div, grad, curl, Laplacian (in different coordinate systems), vector and integral identities

#### Learning Prerequisites

##### Required courses

General Physics I, II

##### Recommended courses

Mathematics courses 1st year

#### Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
• Integrate topics of the course
• Manipulate equations given in the course
• Apply concepts given in the course to practical problems
• Solve problems using the concepts given in the course
• Choose appropriate method for solving a problem
• Deduce properties on the basis of fundamental laws
• Analyze quantitatively consequences of wave phenomena such as interference, diffraction, etc.

#### Transversal skills

• Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
• Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
• Give feedback (critique) in an appropriate fashion.

#### Teaching methods

Ex cathedra with demonstrations and exercises supervised in class; clickers

#### Expected student activities

Attendance at lectures, completing exercises, revision of lecture contents, feedback via electronic means (e.g. speakup, clickers)

Written Exam

#### Supervision

 Office hours Yes Assistants Yes

#### Resources

##### Bibliography

There are several textbooks that address concepts and aspects of the lecture (on different levels). Among them there are the following: (in French) M. Alonso and E.J. Finn: "Physique generale - 2. Champs et ondes", 2. Ed. - Dunod (Paris); F. A. Reuse, "Electrodynamique", PPUR; (in English) A. Zangwill, "Modern Electrodynamics", Cambridge University Press; (advanced level) J. D. Jackson, "Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd Edition, Wiley. Further textbooks that provide more examples/illustrations are available in the library (see below).

##### Notes/Handbook

Please get a polling device (clicker) from the library (see link below) before the start of the lecture.

#### Prerequisite for

General physics IV and Electromagnetism II

### In the programs

• Materials Science and Engineering, 2016-2017, Bachelor semester 3
• Semester
Fall
• Exam form
Written
• Credits
6
• Subject examined
General physics III
• Lecture
4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
• Exercises
2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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