Physics 15b

Introductory Electromagnetism

Electricity and magnetism. Topics include electrostatics, electric currents, magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, Maxwell’s equations, electromagnetic radiation, and electric and magnetic fields in materials.
Note: Principles of Scientific Inquiry (PSI) is the laboratory component of Physics 15b. Topics include experimental design, model testing, error analysis, basic programming, oral presentations, and scientific writing. PSI will meet weekly throughout the semester. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the General Education requirement for Science of the Physical Universe or Empirical and Mathematical Reasoning, but not both. This course, when taken for a letter grade, meets the Core area requirement for Science A.

Spring 2015

  • Lab #1: Charge
  • Lab #2: Electrostatic fields and forces
  • Lab #3: Capacitance
  • Lab #4: Current, resistance and Ohm’s Law
  • Lab #5: Magnetic levitating in a solenoid
  • Lab #6: Magnet falling through a conducting pipe I
  • Lab #7: Magnet falling through a conducting pipe II
  • Lab #8: Thomson jumping ring I
  • Lab #9: Thomson jumping ring II
  • Lab #10: Short projects (eddy current forces, diamagnetism, electromagnetic measurement of the frequency of a vibrating guitar string, solar cell i-v curve)

Spring 2013

  • Lab #1: Intro to Circuits
  • Lab #2: Capacitance
  • Lab #3: Current
  • Lab #4: Magnetic Fields
  • Lab #5: Magnetic Forces
  • Lab #6: Induction and Challenge
  • Lab #7: Alternating Fields

Spring 2008

Spring 2007 (ZAP labs)