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Syllabus of the course: General Physics II

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InstructorI. Kominis
ProgramMonday 11:00-13:00, Amphitheater ST
Wednesday 11:00-13:00, Amphitheater ST
Thursday 11:00-13:00, Amphitheater ST
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Goal of the courseThis course is a continuation of General Physics I and it covers intensively the material of General Electromagnetism and Optics for First-year Students. The fundamental laws of Gauss, Ampere-Maxwell and Faraday are introduced in a simple way. Emphasis is placed on the calculation of electric field and electric potential of various charge distributions, on the calculation of magnetic field from moving charges and currents in simple geometry conductors. Regarding Optics, the course covers the necessary knowledge for the Optics Laboratory, including Geometric and Wave Optics.
SyllabusCoulomb's law, electric field and potential. Electric field flow and Gauss law, conductors in electrostatic equilibrium.
Capacitors and dielectrics, energy stored in the Electric field.
Current and resistance. Simple electric conductivity model. DC circuits, Kirchhoff rules. Capacitor charging.
Magnetic field properties and charge motion in magnetic fields. Laplace force. Strength in a wire which is c Magnetic field sources. Biot-Savart relationship. Law of Ampere, Gauss's Law in Magnetism. Inductance and Faraday's Law.
Self-Inductance, Magnetic Field Energy, RL Circuits, Oscillations in LC Circuits.
AC Circuits, RLC Circuits, Tuning, Transformers.
Displacement current, Maxwell equations, electromagnetic waves.
Nature of Light, Principle of Huygens. Law of Reflection, Refraction, Snell's Law.
Geometric optics, image formation, mirrors, lenses and their applications.
Interference, Young's double slit experiment, interference in thin films.
Narrow slit diffraction pattern, optical diffraction grating. Polarization of light.
Bibliography"Fundamentals of Physics" D. Halliday, R. Resnick & J. Walker (Chapters 21 - 35).
"Physics for Scientists & Engineers" R. Serway & J.W. Jewett (part 4 and 5).

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