Physics 51 — Electromagnetic Theory and Optics

An introduction to electromagnetism and optics. Maxwell’s equations are discussed in differential and integral form. Maxwell’s equations are then used to develop an introduction to the field of optics. Beyond the presentation of Maxwell’s equations, selected topics include Gauss’s and Stokes’s theorems, the wave equation including the Poynting vector, electromagnetic energy, basic circuits, diffraction, Snell’s law, interference, and the physical origin of the index of refraction. Applications include fusion, circuit elements, motors, diffraction gratings and thin films. Each week there are two 50-minute lectures as well as two 50-minute recitation sections. In the recitation sections material is reviewed, homework is discussed, and small groups work at the blackboard on new problems.

Prerequisites: Physics 23 and Physics 24

Course page
https://sakai.claremont.edu/portal

    Meetings, Fall 2017   


Section Location Times Instructor
Lectures Galileo McAlister TR at 09:35–10:50 Missing alt information Missing alt information Donnelly Gallicchio
Section 1 Shanahan B454 MW at 08:00–08:50 Missing alt information Donnelly
Section 2 Shanahan 2461 MW at 08:00–08:50 Missing alt information Gallicchio
Section 3 Shanahan 2461 MW at 09:00–09:50 Missing alt information Gallicchio
Section 4 Shanahan B454 MW at 09:00–09:50 Missing alt information Gerbode
Section 5 Shanahan 3421 MW at 09:00–09:50 Missing alt information Sahakian
Section 6 Shanahan B454 MW at 10:00–10:50 Missing alt information Breznay
Section 7 Shanahan 3461 MW at 10:00–10:50 Missing alt information Connolly
Section 8 Shanahan 3421 MW at 10:00–10:50 Missing alt information Sahakian
Section 9 Shanahan B454 MW at 11:00–11:50 Missing alt information Breznay
Section 10 Shanahan 3461 MW at 11:00–11:50 Missing alt information Connolly
Section 11 Shanahan B454 MW at 13:15–14:05 Missing alt information Breznay
Section 12 Shanahan 3461 MW at 13:15–14:05 Missing alt information Gerbode
Section 13 Shanahan 3421 MW at 13:15–14:05 Missing alt information Sahakian