Advanced Physics

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This course explores further topics in physics using methods of calculus and other specialized and advanced applications of mathematics (which will be presented in class). These topics include rotation, equilibrium, gravitation, fluids, oscillations, Gauss’ Law, electric potential, capacitance, induction, and Maxwell’s Equations. The year will wrap up with a consideration of the theory of special relativity. Corequisite: Enrollment in Calculus. Suggested (but not required) prior coursework: Any of Physics A-D.


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Advanced Physics

How can the methods of calculus be applied to physics?
How does Conservation of Energy help in solving physics problems?
How do free body diagrams help in the understanding of complex static and dynamic force situations?
What effects do static and moving fluids have on objects interacting with them?

What is a field?
What is electric flux?
How does a capacitor operate?
How does current electricity operate?

Review of mechanics
Work & energy
Potential & kinetic energy
Conservation of energy
Static Equilibrium
Electric fields
Coulomb's Law
Gauss' Law
Electric potential
Capacitance & dielectrics
Current & resistance
DC circuits

Apply derivatives and integrals to mechanics and electromagnetic situations
Appreciate the facility of Free Body Diagrams
Use computer to collect and analyze data
Use physics laws to describe the world
Assemble and analyse electric circuits
Use integrals on Gauss' Law
Map electric fields
Use Ohm's Law and Kirchoff's Rules

Lab reports
Homework collected

Lab procedures (generally online)

Deliberate attention to teaching for different learning styles

Advanced Physics: Spring

What are properties of magnetic fields?
How do changing magnetic and electric fields interact?
What is inductance?
How do fluids behave?
What happens to the laws of physics at very high speeds?

Magnetic fields
Magnetic fields due to currents
Faraday's Law
Lenz' Law
Induction and inductance
Maxwell's Equations
Archimedes' Principle
Bernoulli's Principle

Map magnetic fields
Use right-hand rules
Calculate magnetic fields of various currents
Use integrals with Faraday's Laws
Apply Lenz' Law
Analyze RL circuits
Solve problems in relativity

Lab notebook
Homework collected

Fundamentals of Physics, 6th ed., Halliday, Resnick, Walker, Wiley
Lab handouts

Deliberate attention to teaching for different learning styles