Checking date: 23/09/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Physics III
Study: Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering (257)

Coordinating teacher: TRIBALDOS MACIA, VICTOR

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
Physics I, Calculus I and II
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 and wave optics. The goal of this course is that the student develop 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: - 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. - Ability to develop skills to solve problems. - Ability to use scientific instruments and analyze experimental data. - Ability to retrieve and analyse information from different sources. - Ability to work in a team.
Description of contents: programme
1. Presentation of the Course, Electric Charges and Electric Forces - Electric Charge. - Coulomb´s Law. - Dimensions and Units. - The Superposition Principle. 2 - The Electric Field. - Definition of Electric Fields. - Electric Field Created by a Point Charge. - The Superposition Principle. - The Electric Field Lines. - Electric Fields of general Charge Distributions. 3 - The Electric Flux and Gauss' Law. - Flux of a vector Field. - The Electric Flux. - Gauss' Law. - Use of Gauss' Law to calculate the Electric Field. 4. Electrostatic Potential Energy. - Gravitational Potential Energy. - Electrostatic Potential Energy. - Energy Conservation. - Electrostatic Potential. - Electric Potential Difference. - Equipotential surfaces and lines 5. Electrostatic Potential (cont.) - Electrostatic Potential of General Charge Distributions. - Potential of a System of Charges. - Relation between Electrostatic Potential en Electric Field. - Electrostatic Energy of a System of Charges. - Electric Conductors in Equilibrium. - Conductors in Electrostatic Equilibrium. - Matter Aggregations. 6. Capacitance and dielectrics. - Capacitance. - Parallel Plane, Cylindrical and spherical Capacitors. - Capacitors in circuits. - Dielectrics. Electric Properties of Matter. - Energy stored in Capacitors. - Energy Density of the Electrical Field. 7. Current and Resistance. - Current density and current intensity. - Ohm's law. - Resistance and conductivity. - Joule's Law. - Energy and Power in Electric Circuits. - Electromotive Force. - Kirchoff's Rules. 8. Magnetic Fields. - Magnetic Field. - Lorentz's Force on a Charged Particle. - Magnetic Force on a Current-Carrying Wire. - Torque on a Current-Carrying Loop. - Magnetic Moment. 9. Sources of Magnetic Fields. - Sources of the Magnetic Field. - Biot-Savart's Law. - Forces Between Current-Carrying Conductors. - Magnetic Flux. - Ampère´s Law. - Application of Ampère's Law to Calculate Magnetic Fields. - Magnetic Properties of Matter. 10. Electromagnetic Induction. - Faraday´s Law of Induction. - Motional Electromotive Force. - Lenz´s Law. - Electromagnetic Induction. - Self-Inductance ad Mutual Induction. - Energy and Energy Density of a Magnetic Field. 11. Electromagnetic Waves. - Displacement Current. - Maxwell´s Equations. - Wave Solutions to Maxwell´s Equations. - The Speed of Light. - The Electromagnetic spectrum. - Traveling waves. - Poynting Vector. 12. Properties of Light. - Propagation of Light. - Reflexion, Refraction and Absorption. - Interference. Double Slit Experiment. - Diffraction. Double Slit Interference. - Circular Aperture. Diffraction Limits.
Learning activities and methodology
- LECTURES: Online 100 minutes (50 + 50) weekly sessions where the theoretical concepts are explained. The lecturer will provide a file with the following information (few days 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. - Due to the exceptional health situation, during this course LECTURES will be taught in the synchronous and interactive online modality through BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE (or equivalent) tool. - RECITATIONS: Face to face 100 minutes (50 + 50) weekly sessions in groups of 40 students where proposed problems and activities are discussed. In the event that the health situation required it, the sessions will be taught in the synchronous and interactive online modality through BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE (or equivalent) tool. The lecturer will provide a file with problems (few days in advance) The main skills to be acquired in recitation sessions are: - To understand the statement of a problem - To identify the physical phenomenon involved in the statement and the physical laws involved - To develop an strategy to reach the objective - To be careful in the use of mathematics - To be able to make a critical analysis of the results - LABORATORY: Four 100 minutes sessions dedicated to perform and analyze experiments. - Due to the exceptional health situation, during this course there will be two face-to-face and two remote laboratory sessions. - In the event that the health situation requires it, the face-to-face sessions could become remote. 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 experimental data - To learn the basis for the management of a scientific data set - To be able to write a report with the main results of the experiment - To be able to discuss in a critical way the experimental results. Every week there will be one hour remote tutoring session available to students through online synchronous and interactive BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE (or equivalent) tool.
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. ISBN 978-0-07-131794-8. . McGraw Hill. 2010
  • Tipler PA, Mosca G . Physics for Scientists and Engineers, Volume 2, 6th Edition., ISBN-10:0716789647, ISBN-13: 978-0716789642. 2007. W.H. Freeman. 2007
Additional Bibliography
  • J.R. Reitz, F.J. Milford, R.W. Christy . Foundations of Electromagnetic Theory ISBN-10: 0321581741. Ed. Addison Wesley. 2008
  • R.K. Wangsness. . Electromagnetic Fields. ISBN-10: 0471811866 ISBN-13: 978-0471811862.. Wiley. 1986

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.