Studio Physics (PHYS 104)
Matter & Interactions II: Electric and Magnetic Interactions
Ben Szapiro, Professor of Physics
This course deals with the nature of matter and its interactions. We will attempt to model a broad range of physical phenomena using a small set of powerful fundamental principles and the atomic theory of matter. The variety of phenomena that we will be able to explain and understand is very wide, from the orbit of a planet to the speed of sound in a solid.
Physics 104, is the second course in a twosemester sequence of introductory calculusbased physics courses for engineering and science students. It emphasizes the concepts of electric and magnetic interactions and extends the study of the atomic structure of matter to include the role of electrons. Topics include: electric and magnetic fields, circuits, electromagnetic radiation, waveparticle duality of light, and semiconductor devices. interactions, using the momentum principle to predict future motion, an atomic model of solids, energy conservation including relativistic energy, energy in macroscopic systems (including thermal energy), energy quantization, multiparticle systems, collisions (including relativistic particle collisions), angular momentum and quantized angular momentum, entropy and statistical mechanics.
The textbook is Matter & Interactions, vol II: Electric and Magnetic Interactions, by R.Chabay & B. Sherwood, 3rd. Edition (John Wiley & Sons 2011)
This course has a Studio Physics format (no separate afternoon lab), meeting three times a week in classes of 110 minutes:
MondayWednesdayFriday 11:00 12:50
Classroom activities will emphasize active
learning and teamwork, and will combine theoretical discussions,
problem solving, laboratory exercises and computational modeling
(using VPython 3D programming) in a uniquely designed learning
environment. Enrollment is restricted to 20 students, and is intended
for incoming freshmen strongly interested in physics and engineering,
with a solid background in high school math.
The course satisfies a lab science requirement.
Useful links:
Academic Calendar 
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PHET Simulations  Video Lectures of the course's textbook:
First Semester (Mechanics) 

LABS  Python Tutorial  VPython  More Python  Second Semester (E&M) 
QT Movies  Applets  17_1_Bwire_with_r.py  Play EHockey  
The Oscilloscope  Applet Osc.  17_solenoid_drag.py  Resistor Color Code  
15_E_sphere_rings.py 15_E_sphere_outside_rings.py  15_E_disk_add_rings.py  17_1_Bloop_with_r_dB.py  RC Applet  
Lab Induction  Metal Detector Lab  15_E_ring_demo.py  LabHelmoltzCoil.html  Circuit Builder (SAFARI Browser) 