131 Syllabus

     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 syllabus.

     The textbook is University Physics, by Young and Freedman, Twelfth Edition, (Addison Wesley, 2007.) You may use either the expanded edition or Volume 2 only. 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, then you must buy Mastering Physics separately at the bookstore or online at the Mastering Physics web site. Also required is a CPS (Classroom Performance System) transmitter, available at the bookstore.

The text of the syllabus is also available as a pdf file.

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