Common Syllabus for PHY2054

This page outlines the common syllabus adopted by the department for our second semester introductory physics without calculus course PHY2054. The course is designed to cover a broad range of topics typically identified with Electricity, Magnetism and Light. At FIU all students taking our PHY2054 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 Electric Field 17
2 Electric Potential, Potential Energy 18
3 Capacitance 18
4 Current, Resistance 19
5 DC Circuits 19
6 Magnetic Fields and Magnetic Forces on Charged Particles and Current Carrying Conductors 20
7 Electromagnetic Induction, Faraday's and Lenz's Law21
8 Mutual and Self Inductance, Transformers 21
9 Electromagnetic Waves23
10 The Nature of Light: Reflection and Refraction 23
11 Geometrical Optics: Plane and Curved Mirrors, Thin Lenses and a Selection of Optical Instruments 24, 25
12 Interference: Double Slit Experiment 26
Additional Topics at Instructor's Discretion Chapter
13 Gauss' Law and Charges on Conductors 17
14 Dielectrics 18
15 Molecular Model of Induced Charge 18
16 R-C Circuits and Power Distribution 19
17 Magnetic Field Calculations Ampere's Law and the Law of Biot-Savart20
18 R-L and L-C Circuits21
19 Alternating Current: Resistance and Reactance, the Series R-L-C Circuits and Resonance 22
20 Maxwell's Equations, Dispersion, Polarization and Scattering 23
21 Thin Films, Diffraction from a Single Slit, Diffraction Gratings, X-Ray Diffraction Circular Apertures and Holography26