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Rutgers Physics and Astronomy

Physics 227

Analytical Physics IIA
Electricity & Magnetism

Fall 2017



Prof. Michael Gershenson

Prof. Vitaly Podzorov



Prof. Roy Montalvo


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The Final Exam


Final Exam Tuesday December 19, 2017

(4:00PM - 7:00PM)

Exam rooms are assigned by last name (first 3 letters):







Conflict final exam: No later than on Monday, Dec. 4 students can request the option to take a conflict/makeup final exam in Physics 227. Students should either have an exam at the same time, or at least 3 exams in a 24 hour period. They should contact Prof. Montalvo with details of why they are requesting a conflict exam.


Additional Office Hours

Monday, Dec. 18, 9am - 1pm, Room 326 ARC

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 10am - 2pm, Room 326 ARC


Post-Test Make-up


1.     The post-test make-up will be Wednesday 12/13 from 11am-2pm in Serin 227. 

2.     The post-survey link https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2aeQnv87qfuwYzX will be active until 12/15 11:59PM. 


Graduate Student Physics Tutors


The physics graduate students in the list below have indicated an interest in tutoring students in undergraduate physics courses. If you would be interested in having a tutor, please feel free to contact them. The tutoring is for a fee that you will need to negotiate with the tutor. There is in addition free peer tutoring offered at the Rutgers Learning Centers https://rlc.rutgers.edu/student-info/group-and-individual-academic-support/peer-tutoring

Graduate Student Tutor List




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All of the engineering students are being tested in their core courses this fall at the beginning of the semester and again at the end of the semester. These data will be used to improve your learning experiences in these courses and in your future courses.  

Your responses to these tests and surveys will have no bearing on your course grade. Your instructors will not see your scores, and will keep track only whether or not you took the tests.


There are four components to the pre and post test requirements:  two in-class exams and two on-line surveys, with an exam and survey and both at the beginning and at the end of the semester.  If you participate in all 4 components, you will get 100% on 2% of your grade; if you miss any of the 4 components you will get a zero for 2% of your grade.


To get this 2% you must complete all 4 parts of this: 

1.     Pre-test which will be administered during next week's recitations (9/5 and 9/6).

Make-up: NPL-213, Friday 9/15, from 10am-1pm.


Pre-survey which you will do online; you must complete this survey by 11:59 pm on Friday, September 15th.


2.     Post-test will be administered during recitation at the end of the semester. 


3.     Post-survey will be again on-line, you will receive a link to it at the end of the semester. 

A copy of an informed consent form is available to view in the survey, which explains your rights regarding the study and provides you the opportunity to opt out of having your scores used in the study.  You are required to take the assessments, but will have a no-penalty option of having your data withheld from the study if you choose not to participate.
Use this Survey Link or copy and paste https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_79bqinPSg7wdN0p into your web browser. 


Homework Registration


1. Do not go to masteringphysics.com, the course ID will not work. Use the link given on this course website. 

2. If you already have a Pearson account linked to this course's textbook use that account to log in, click enroll in the course and enter the courseID:  montalvo44851.

3. If you do not have an account to the course book follow the steps to create a new account then enroll in the course with courseID: montalvo44851.


If you are having registration problems and need a special permission number, please submit requests through a form on our website at to http://physics.rutgers.edu/descr/descr-ug-program2.shtml

For other questions, contact the course administrator Prof. Montalvo (rm1255@physics.rutgers.edu) or the lecturers Prof. Gershenson (gersh@physics.rutgers.edu) and Prof. Podzorov (podzorov@physics.rutgers.edu).


We live in an electromagnetic age, in which almost every activity in our lives - from driving cars to tweeting - everything depends on our mastery of the forces of electricity and magnetism. Anyone hoping to understand the foundations of the modern world needs to know about the concepts and principles of electromagnetism that keep our world afloat.

In this course you will learn these concepts and principles. You will learn that electromagnetism isn't just a nerdy paradise. Rather, the discovery, understanding and mastery of classical electromagnetism was one of the crowning intellectual triumphs of the Victorian era. We'll talk about how an American revolutionary invented the concept of charge and tested his concept with experiments on lightning, how a young bookbinder in London came up with the extraordinary idea that space is not empty, but absolutely filled with seething, fluctuating lines of force - the electromagnetic field - and showed how to use these ideas to invent an electric motor, and how a young Scotsman embodied these principles in four simple and beautiful equations.

This will be a tough, yet we hope, rewarding course in which we shall expect you to think conceptually, in which we will ask you not just to accumulate a list of equations into which you plug numbers, but to develop a familiarity with and ability to visualize the behavior of systems of charges, currents and electric and magnetic fields. We look forward to having you in our class.

Michael Gershenson, Vitaly Podzorov, and Roy Montalvo

Last modified: July 25, 2012