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Introduction to Electromagnetism

By The Saylor Foundation


In this course, the student will first learn about waves and oscillations in extended objects using classical mechanics. The course will then examine the sources and laws that govern static electricity and magnetism. A brief look at electrical measurements and circuits will help establish how electromagnetic effects are observed, measured, and applied. These topics lead to an examination of how Maxwell’s equations unify electric and magnetic effects and how the solutions to Maxwell’s equations describe electromagnetic radiation, which will serve as the basis for understanding all electromagnetic radiation -- from very low frequency radiation emitted by power transmission lines to the most powerful astrophysical gamma rays. The course also investigates optics and launches a brief overview of Einstein’s special theory of relativity. A basic knowledge of calculus is assumed. This free course may be completed online at any time. See course site for detailed overview and learning outcomes. (Physics 102; See also: Biology 110, Chemistry 002, Mechanical Engineering 006)

Topics: electromagnetism, wave mechanics, oscillators, resonance, electrostatics, gauss, magnetism, induction, circuitsmaxwell, optics, relativity, lorentz, minkowski, Physical sciences, F000
Publisher: Saylor Foundation
Year: 2012
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