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 of the plane wave solutions to Maxwells' wave equations for the electromagnetic field. A detailed list of topics can be found on the lecture schedule which accompanies this syllabus.

The textbook is Physics for Scientists and Engineers, by Fishbane, Gasiorowicz and Thornton, Second Edition (Extended), (Prentice Hall, 1996.) Reading assignments and homework problems are keyed to this textbook.

Course Format and Policies
Homework Schedule Wave Problems Available Here
Lecture Schedule
Course Updates 12/8 Test 5 Solutions Now Available
Answers to Even-Numbered Problems
Current Equation Sheet
Physics Dept Tutor List Updated 10/13
Practice Questions for Test #5
Honors Projects <> Lightning <> Superconductivity

GRADES: By recitation
Note that grades are not listed in alphabetical order

Mon 240

Mon 840 Mon 940 Tue 1140 Tue 1240 Tue 340

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