Checking date: 29/05/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Physics II
Study: Bachelor in Industrial Technologies Engineering (256)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Physics

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Engineering and Architecture

Students are expected to have completed
First semester Algebra and Calculus courses and knowledge on single particle dynamics.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
This course should make the student familiar with the basics concepts of electromagnetism. Since this is a first year course one of the main goals is to develop the student abilities in understanding abstract physical concepts through the combination of lectures, experiments and problem solving with the aid of mathematical tools. In order to achieve this goal, the following competences and skills have to be acquired: - Disposition to learn and comprehend new abstract concepts. - Ability to understand and use the mathematics involved in the physical models. - Ability to understand and use the scientific method. - Ability to understand and use the scientific language. - Develop abilities in problem solving. - Ability to use scientific instruments and analyze experimental data. - Ability to retrieve and analyze information from different sources. - Ability to work in a team.
Description of contents: programme
1 - Coulomb's Law      1.1 Electromagnetic Interaction.      1.2 Electric Charge. Charge is quantized. Charge is conserved. The Coulomb's Law      1.3 The electrical field E, definition and graphical representation: Electric Field lines.      1.4 The superposition principle. The Electric field due to a system of point charges.      1.5 Charge density. The Electric field due to a continuous charge distribution. 2 - Gauss's Law      2.1 The electric Flux      2.2 Gaussian surfaces, Gauss's Law for Electricity      2.3 Application of the Gauss's Law for the calculation of electric fields.      2.4 Charge distributions of sufficient symmetry.       3 - Electric Potential      3.1 Line integral of E. Electrostatic potential energy.      3.2 Electric Potential (Voltage), definition and graphical representation: Equipotential Surfaces      3.3 Energy of a point charge arrangement.      3.4 Electrical dipole moment. An electric dipole in a E field. 4 - Electric field in materials: Conductors      4.1 Conductors and Insulators      4.2 Conductors in Electrostatic Equilibrium      4.3 Distribution of the load in conductors in equilibrium.      4.4 Faraday cages, Shielding.       5 - Electric field in materials: Dielectrics.      5.1 Capacity and capacitors. Association of Capacitors      5.2 Charging a Capacitor. Energy Stored on a Capacitor      5.3 Dielectrics. Dielectric Susceptibility and Permittivity      5.4 Polarization P and electric displacement D vectors. Generalization of Gauss's law      5.5 Energy density related to electric field. The energy in problems with dielectrics. 6 - Electric Current      6.1 The electric Current: Intensity and Density of current      6.2 Ohm's law, conductivity and resistance      6.3 Power dissipated in a conductor. Joule's Law      6.4 Electromotive force (EMF) 7 - The Magnetic Field. Magnetic forces      7.1 The magnetic field B. Gauss's law for magnetism.      7.2 The Lorentz force. The motion of electrically charged particles in a Magnetic Field      7.3 Force on a current-carrying conductor in an external Magnetic field.      7.4 Magnetic dipole moment. Effects of field B on a magnetic dipole. 8 - Magnetic field sources      8.1 The magnetic fields produced by currents. The Biot-Savart Law      8.2 Ampère circuitla Law. The calculation of magnetic field of some current-carrying systems      8.3 Magnetism in matter, Magnetization currents, vector magnetization M and vector H.      8.4 Generalization of Ampere's Law      8.5 Magnetic Materials. Introduction to Ferromagnetism 9 - Electromagnetic Induction. Maxwell's Equations      9.1 The Faraday's Law.      9.2 Motional Electromotive force (EMF)      9.3 EMF induced by temporal variation of a magnetic field.      9.4 Some practical applications. Generators, Motors, Eddy Currents.      9.4 Autoinductance and Mutual Inductance. Inductors.      9.5 Energy stored in an inductor. Energy density related to magnetic field      9.6 The Maxwell displacement current. The Ampère-Maxwell's Law      9.7 The Maxwell equations in integral form      9.8 Study of the R + C + L circuits      9.9 Maxwell Equations. Electromagnetic waves
Learning activities and methodology
Lectures, where the theoretical concepts are explained The lecturer provide a file with the following information (1 week in advance) - Main topics to be discussed during the session - Chapters/sections in each of the text books provided in the bibliography were the student can read about these topics Recitations (~ 40 students divide in 2-3 people groups) to solve problems. The main skills to be developed in these activities are: - To understand the statement of the problem (for instance drawing an scheme that summarizes the statement) - To identify the physical phenomenon involved in the statement and the physical laws related to it. - To develop a strategy to reach the objective (for instance breaking the problem in small sub-problems). - To be careful in the use of mathematics - To analyze the result (is the final number reasonable?, are the dimensions consistent?) Small works focused to the search of scientific information in different sources (mainly internet). Laboratory sessions (~ 24 students divide in 2 people groups) The main skills to be developed in this activity are: - To understand that physics is an experimental science and they can reproduce the laws that have been theoretically explained in the lectures - To use scientific instruments and to be careful in its operation - To be careful in the acquisition of the experimental data - To learn the basis of the management of a scientific data set - To write a report with the main results of the experiment - To reason in a critical way these results: have we achieve the goals of the experiment?
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • Alan Giambattista, Betty McCarthy Richardson and Robert C. Richardson. College Physics, Fourth Edition. McGraw Hill, ISBN 978-0-07-131794-8. 2010
  • Paul A. Tipler and Gene Mosca. Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Volume 2, 6th Edition. W.H. Freeman, ISBN-10:0716789647, ISBN-13: 978-0716789642. 2007
Additional Bibliography
  • Alan Giambattista, Betty MacCarthy Richardson and Robert C. Richardson. College Physics, Fourth Edition. McGraw Hill. 2010
  • J.R. Reitz, F.J. Milford y R.W. Christy. Foundations of Electromagnetic Theory. Ed. Addison Wesley; ISBN-10: 0321581741; ISBN-13. 2008
  • R.K. Wangsness. Electromagnetic Fields. Ed. Willey; ISBN-10: 0471811866 ISBN-13: 978-0471811862. 1986

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