This course unit provides students with a framework for applying advanced concepts and techniques learned throughout its course, with an emphasis on differential and integral vector calculus, while granting him a background on the field of electromagnetism. This background will enable the student to better understand the world, its constituent parts and interactions between them.
Using suitably the physics-mathematical language to structure and express opinions.
Applying physic concepts, principles and theories to problematic situations of the real world.
Searching, selecting and organising information to later turn into applicable knowledge to daily phenomena.
Adopting scientific strategies suitable for problem solving and decision making.
Performing activities in an autonomous, responsible and creative way, in a collaborative environment.
Electric forces and electric fields
Electric charge; good and bad conductors; Coulomb’s Law; electric field and electric flux; Gauss’s Law and its applications to charge distributions; motion of charged particles in electric fields; conductors in static equilibrium.
Electric potential and capacitance
Potential difference and potential in electric fields; potential created by continuous and discrete distributions of charges; electric potential of conductors and capacitors; capacitance of conductors and capacitors; association of capacitors.
Current and circuits of continuous current
Current; resistance; Ohm’s Law; superconductors; a structural model of electric conduction; energy and electric power; electromotive force; association of resistors; Kirchhoff’s Laws; charge and discharge of capacitors – an approach using differential equations.
Magnetic forces and magnetic fields
Magnetic field and Lorentz’s Law; motion of charged particles in magnetic fields; magnetic force acting in electric conductors; torque in electric coils; Biot and Savart’s Law; magnetic forces acting in parallel conductors; Ampere’s Law; magnetic field of a solenoid; magnetic properties of matter.
Faraday’s Law and Lenz’s Law of induction; induced electromotive forces in conductors and electric fields; self-induction; alternating currents; energy in magnetic fields.
Displacement current and generalized Ampere’s Law; Maxwell equations; electromagnetic waves; the production of radio waves; energy carried by electromagnetic waves.
Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).
Course unit pre-requisites:
• knowledge of vector, differential and integral vector calculus and linear algebra.