8.02X / ESG.802X Physics II: Electricity & Magnetism with an Experimental Focus

Spring 2005

Setup for electrical breakdown experiment.
Setup for the electrical breakdown experiment. (Image by Prof. Gunther Roland.)

Course Highlights

This course features assignments , quizzes in exams section, and an experiment manual in labs section.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to electromagnetism and electrostatics. Topics include: electric charge, Coulomb's law, electric structure of matter, conductors and dielectrics, concepts of electrostatic field and potential, electrostatic energy, electric currents, magnetic fields, Ampere's law, magnetic materials, time-varying fields, Faraday's law of induction, basic electric circuits, electromagnetic waves, and Maxwell's equations. The course has an experimental focus, and includes several experiments that are intended to illustrate the concepts being studied.


Prof. Roland wishes to acknowledge that the structure and content of this course owe much to the contributions of Prof. Ambrogio Fasoli.

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Dr. Peter Dourmashkin
Prof. Gunther Roland

Course Meeting Times

Three sessions / week
1 hour / session

Two sessions / week
1 hour / session