Common Syllabus for PHY2049

This page outlines the common syllabus adopted by the department for our second semester introductory physics with calculus course PHY2049. The course is designed to cover a broad range of topics typically identified with Electricity, Magnetism and Light. At FIU all students taking our PHY2049 classes can thus expect to see material from the list of required topics below. In addition, and at Instructor's discretion, material from the optional topics may also be included the course.

The topics identified below include a summary of the material to be covered along with the corresponding chapter in our common text book, University Physics by Young and Freedman.

Required TopicsChapter
1 Electric Charge and the Electric Field 21
2 Gauss's Law 22
3 Electric Potential and Electric Potential Energy 23
4 Capacitance 24
5 Current and Resistance 25
6 DC Circuits 26
7 Magnetism: Magnetic Fields, Magnetic Forces on Charged Particles and Conductors27
8 Magnetic Sources, the Law of Biot-Savart and Ampere's Law28
9 Electromagnetic Induction, Faraday's and Lenz's Law, Displacement Current and Maxwell's Equations29
10 Electromagnetic Waves32
11 Nature of Light: Reflection and Refraction 33
12 Geometrical Optics: Plane and Curved Mirrors, Thin Lenses and a Selection of Optical Instruments 34
13 Interference: Double Slit Experiment35
Additional Topics at Instructor's DiscretionChapter
14 Dielectrics 24
15 Theory of Metallic Conductors 25
16 Power Distribution 26
17 Applications: DC motors and the Hall Effect 27
18 Inductance: Mutual and Self Inductance, Magnetic Field Energy, Time dependent Circuits, the R-L, L-C and L-R-C Circuits 30
19 Alternating Current Circuits 31
20 Dispersion, Polarization and Scattering 33
21 Thin Films and the Michelson Interferometer 35
21 Diffraction: Single Slit, Multiple Slits, Diffraction Grating, X-Ray Diffraction, Circular Apertures and Resolving Power 36