Coursebooks 2017-2018

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General physics III

PHYS-201(d)

Lecturer(s) :

Grundler Dirk

Language:

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 and materials, 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:

Transversal skills

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. clickers)

Assessment methods

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).

Ressources en bibliothèque
Notes/Handbook

Before the start of the lecture: please get a polling device (clicker) from the library (see link below).

Websites
Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

General physics IV and Electromagnetism II

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9    CE1103
9-10    
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14     
14-15  CE1  
15-16CE1   
16-17    
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German