Michael Faraday
Waves on a pond

Benjamin Franklin
Lines of Force, Sunspot
 James C Maxwell
  Rutgers Physics and Astronomy

Physics 227

Analytical Physics IIA

Fall, 2007

Instructor: Piers Coleman
Administrator: Karin Rabe

  1. Homework deadlines switched to Thursday 10pm for the last two homeworks of semester.
  2. REVIEW SESSIONS in coming week:
  • Thursday  6th Dec, 8.30pm  PHYISCS LECTURE HALL.
Electricity & Magnetism           
 We live in a wireless age, in which almost every activity  in our lives - from our toothbrush to our cell phone - everything depends on our on our mastery of the forces of electricity and magnetism.  Anyone hoping to prosper  in the wireless world needs to know about the concepts and principles of electromagnetism that keep our world afloat. 

In this course you will learn  these concepts. You will learn that electromagnetism isn't just a nerdy paradise, but  rather, its discovery, understanding and mastery was one of the crowning cultural and intellectual triumphs of the victorian era.   We'll learn 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 I hope, rewarding course in which I shall expect you to think conceptually, in which I will ask you not just to accumulate a list of equations into which you plug numbers, but to spend the time to ponder and to think deeply about the new ideas that we going to discuss together.  I look forward to having you in my class and will meet you all at the first class at the Physics Lecture Hall, Busch Campus, on Thursday, September 6th, 2007.

                                                                                                            Piers Coleman.