# PHYS 3100 Electromagnetism and Optics

# PHYS 3100 Electromagnetism and Optics (4 hours)

This course builds upon the foundation of electromagnetism and optics developed in introductory physics, and the quantum nature of photons introduced in modern physics. Topics include electrostatic forces, fields, and potentials; magnetic forces on charges and currents; magnetic fields produced by steady currents; light as an oscillating electromagnetic field; polarization of light; ray tracing of optical systems; optical interference; and electric, magnetic, and optical properties of matter. Vector calculus will be developed and heavily used.

Three lectures per week.

One recitation per week.

*Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1700 Principles of Physics II or PHYS 2100 General Physics II, MATH 1610 Calculus II, and computer programming skills or permission of the instructor.
Corequisite(s): MATH 2600 Calculus III or MATH 3100 Differential Equations.*

(Normally offered alternate fall semesters.)

A continuation of MATH 1600 Calculus I. Topics studied include integration techniques and applications, differential equations, numerical approximations, sequences and series, and vectors. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.

*Prerequisite(s): Permission of the department chair or grade of "C" or better in MATH 1600 Calculus I. *

(Normally offered each semester.)

An introduction to multivariable calculus. Topics include vector-valued functions, functions of several variables, partial derivatives, multiple integrals, and analysis. Assignments are given that help build proficiency in the use of a computer algebra system.

*Prerequisite(s): Permission of department chair or grade of "C" or better in MATH 1610 Calculus II. *

(Normally offered each fall semester.)

A study of ordinary differential equations. Topics include first- and higher-order, linear and nonlinear differential equations with applications. Additional topics may be chosen from systems of differential equations, transform techniques, and numerical methods. Use will be made of a computer algebra system.

*Prerequisite(s): Grade of "C" or better in MATH 1610 Calculus II. *

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

A continuation of PHYS 1600 with emphasis on waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and electronics.

Three two-hour workshop sessions per week.

Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 1700 and PHYS 2100 General Physics II.

*Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1600 Principles of Physics I. *

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

A continuation of PHYS 2000 with emphasis on waves, sound, electricity, magnetism, and electronics.

Three two-hour workshop sessions per week.

Students may not receive credit for both PHYS 1700 Principles of Physics II and PHYS 2100.

*Prerequisite(s): PHYS 2000 General Physics I.*

(Normally offered each spring semester.)

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