Learning outcomes of the course unit
The objective of the course is the knowledge of the fundamental laws of electromagnetism and optics.
General Physics AB approved.
The course is calculus based.
Course contents summary
Current and resistance – Ohm’s law – Drude model – Joule effect – DC Circuits – Electromotive force
The magnetic field – Force on a moving charge and on a current – Torque on a current loop - Hall effect
Magnetic field of a current – Ampère’s law – Force between two currents – Magnetic flux
Magnetic properties of matter – Internal electronic currents and magnetization – Diamagnetism, paramagnetism, and ferromagnetism
Electromagnetic induction and Faraday’s law – Lentz’s law – The current generator -
Self-inductance – inductive circuits – Magnetic field energy – Mutual induction
Displacement current - Ampère-Maxwell’s law
Electromagnetic waves – Types of electromagnetic waves
Maxwell’s equations – Plane waves – Poynting’s vector – The electromagnetic wave spectrum – The speed of light
Ray optics – Reflection and refraction – Lenses and mirrors – Lens systems
Wave optics and Huyghens’ principle – Interference of light – The double slit – Multiple slits –Interference in thin films – Michelson interferometer
Diffraction by narrow slit – Resolving power of a lens – Diffraction grating – Basic spectroscopy – x ray diffraction
Polarization of light – Polarizers – Wave retarders – Brewster angle
Fundamental Physics - Halliday, Resnick, Walker - Seventh Edition - vol II - John Wiley & Sons
For a deeper insight:
Physics - Halliday, Resnick, Krane - Fifth Edition - John Wiley & Sons
P.Mazzoldi, M.Nigro, C.Voci – Fisica vol. II Elettromagnetismo - Onde. Ed. EdiSES (in Italian)
It is required to pass both a written and an oral examination.
Exercise sessions will be held during the course.