Physics for All-E2

Numbering Code U-LAS12 10026 LE57 Year/Term 2021 ・ First semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type Lecture
Target Year Mainly 1st & 2nd year students Target Student For liberal arts students
Language English Day/Period Tue.3
Instructor name ISLAM, A K M Mahfuzul (Graduate School of Engineering Senior Lecturer)
Outline and Purpose of the Course With the wide-spread of mobile communication, humans are now exposed to electromagnetic fields severely. As today's society is based on various electromagnetic phenomena, it has become a necessity to understand electromagnetics for all. This course focuses on the philosophical view of different physical laws to enrich the understanding of electromagnetics and communication. We will learn that all the complex phenomena found in the universe consist of some basic laws. We will try to understand how these basic laws work using several experiments and illustrations. We will learn different applications of electromagnetism in our lives. We will also learn about harmful electromagnetic radiation. On our journey toward understanding electromagnetism, we will learn that the universe is more mysterious than we thought.
Course Goals - To understand electricity and magnetism
- To understand different features of wave and its role in communication
- To be able to explain various natural phenomena and
- To understand the role of electromagnetic in modern society and the importance of being aware of electromagnetic radiation
Schedule and Contents The basic outline of the course is given below. The subject and order may change during the course depending on the progress level and feedback.

1. Introduction [1 week]
2. Wave mechanism [3 weeks]
2-a) Oscillation and wave
2-b) Different types of wave
2-c) Features of wave, wave velocity, wave equation, etc
2-d) Energy transportation
2-e) Experiment
2-f) Communication and wave
2-g) Destructive waves
3. Electromagnetic wave [1 week]
3-a) Electromagnetic force and other fundamental forces
3-b) Difference between an electromagnetic wave and a mechanical wave
4. Experiment [1 week]
4-a) Investigate the speed of an electromagnetic wave
4-b) Demonstrate that an electromagnetic wave does not require a medium
4-c) Demonstrate that electromagnetic wave have similar features like a mechanical wave
5. Field and space [3 weeks]
5-a) What is field?
5-b) Scalar field and vector field
5-c) Relationship between field and force
5-d) Device law of gravitation and coulomb’s law
5-e) What is space? What is dimension?
6. Electricity and magnetism [3 weeks]
6-a) Are electricity and magnetism two different phenomena?
6-b) Einstein’s special relativity and electromagnetism
6-c) Application of electricity and magnetism in our lives
6-d) Experiment to show how movement causes interaction between electricity and magnetism
7. Electromagnetic radiation and hygiene [2 weeks]
8. Examination [1 week]
9. Feedback [1 week]
Evaluation Methods and Policy The evaluation will be based on assignments (20%), mid-term examination (30%) and term-end examination (50%).
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) The students are encouraged to participate in discussion with others within and outside the class. Sample programs written in Python will be provided. Students are encouraged to play with the programs to visualize how the basic rules work.
References, etc. The lecture series by the legendary physicist Richard Feynman will form the base of the course. A few related topics will be selected and presented by graphical illustrations to focus on the philosophical view.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Volume II, http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/II_toc.html
Related URL http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu/II_toc.html
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