This course builds on PHYS 103. Electric fields and electric potentials are calculated from a variety of continuous distributions of electric charge using Coulomb’s Law and Gauss’ Law. The principles of electrostatic equilibrium and dynamic equilibrium in conductors are used to discuss capacitors and resistors, and to calculate the effective capacitance or resistance for circuits. Kirchhoff’s loop rules are used to analyze more sophisticated circuits. Magnetic fields are calculated from distributions of electric current using Ampère’s law; and the force from a magnetic field on a current carrying wire or moving charge is calculated. Electromotive force is calculated using Faraday’s law of induction, and is applied to generators, transformers and inductors. Maxwell’s equations are introduced and used to explain electromagnetic waves. Special relativity is introduced. Calculus is used throughout this course: including introductions to vector fields, line integrals, surface flux integrals, gradients, and differential equations.
Minimum Credits: 3 Length: 90 hours Prerequisites: PHYS 103, MATH 104 is a required course, either taken prior or concurrently. Delivery Method: On-campus Cost: $351.12 Lab Fees: $80.52 Total: $431.64 Course Outline: https://sps.cotr.bc.ca/Outlines/Course Outlines/PHYS104.pdf