PHY 131 is the second part of a four-semester sequence in introductory
physics offered to engineering and other science and pre-professional
majors who have the appropriate background in mathematics. The
prerequisite for PHY 131 is the second semester of calculus, or, in
terms of its ASU course number, MAT 271. Since a working familiarity
with basic integral calculus will be assumed, the student who has not
had this course or its equivalent should withdraw from the class.
Differential and integral calculus will be used regularly
throughout the course.
PHY 131 covers the subject of electricity and magnetism from the
electrostatics of Coulomb's law through electrodynamics, as contained
in Ampere's and Faraday's laws. Some DC and AC circuit analysis is done,
but only to illustrate the physical properties of simple circuit elements
and the concept of resonance in physical systems. The course concludes
with a discussion of Maxwell's equations and a brief introduction to
electromagnetic waves. A detailed list of topics can be found on the
lecture schedule which accompanies this
The textbook is Physics for Scientists and Engineers, by Wolfson and
Pasachoff, Third Edition, (Addison Wesley, 1999.) Reading assignments
are keyed to this textbook. At the bookstore,
the textbook should come packaged with Mastering Physics. Mastering
Physics is required. If you buy a used textbook, and you do not already
have an active Mastering Physics account, then you must buy
Mastering Physics separately (either at the bookstore or
required is a PRS (Personal Response System)
transmitter, available at the bookstore.
The text of the syllabus is also available as a pdf file.
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