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Electricity, Magnetism, Optics and Modern Physics

College Physics II: Notes and exercises

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This book is an algebra based treatment of electric force, electrical energy, circuits, magnetism, Faraday’s law, light and optics, introduction to modern physics, atomic physics and nuclear physics.
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This book is an algebra based treatment of electricity, magnetism and introduction to modern physics. The concepts discussed include electric forces and fields, electrical energy and potential difference, capacitance, Ohm’s law, resistance, Kirchoff’s rules, magnetic forces and fields, circuits, Faraday’s law and Lenz’s rule, properties of light such as reflection, refraction, dispersion, interference and polarization, properties of images formed by mirrors and lenses, introduction to relativity and quantum mechanics, Bohr’s model of the atom, radio activity, binding energy and nuclear reactions.

  1. Electric Force and Electric Field
    1. Electric Force
    2. Coulomb’s Law
    3. Superposition Principle for Electric Forces
    4. Brief Review of Vector Addition
    5. Practice Quiz 1.1
    6. Electric Field
    7. Electric Field due to a Point Charge
    8. Superposition Principle for Electric Field
    9. Electric Field Lines
    10. Electric Field Lines due to Point Charges
    11. Practice Quiz 1.2
  2. Electrical Energy and Capacitance
    1. Electrical Energy
    2. Potential Difference
    3. Electric Potential due to a Point Charge
    4. Superposition Principle for Electric Potential
    5. Electric Potential Energy Stored by Two Point Charges
    6. Conductors in Electrostatic Equilibrium
    7. Equipotential Surfaces
    8. Practice Quiz 2.1
    9. Capacitors
    10. Electrical Energy Stored by a Capacitor
    11. Parallel combination of Capacitors
    12. Series Combination of Capacitors
    13. Parallel-Series Combination of Capacitors
    14. Practice Quiz 2.2
  3. Current and Resistance
    1. Current
    2. Resistance
    3. Resistance of a wire
    4. Resistivity and Temperature
    5. Practice Quiz 3.1
    6. Resistance and Temperature
    7. Power Dissipation in a Resistor
    8. Practice Quiz 3.2
  4. Direct Current Circuits
    1. Electromotive Force of a Source
    2. Power of a source
    3. Combination of Resistors
    4. Practice Quiz 4.1
    5. Kirchoff’s Rules
    6. Practice Quiz 4.2
  5. Magnetism
    1. Magnetic Field
    2. Magnetic Force on a Charge Moving in a Magnetic Field
    3. Magnetic Torque on a Current Carrying Loop Placed in a Magnetic Field
    4. Mass Spectrometer
    5. Practice Quiz 5.1
    6. Galvanometers
    7. Ampere’s Law
    8. Practice Quiz 5.2
  6. Induced Voltages and Inductance
    1. Faraday’s Law
    2. Motional Emf
    3. Practice Quiz 6.1
    4. Lenz’s Rule
    5. Generators
    6. Inductors
    7. Practice Quiz 6.2
  7. Alternating Current Circuits
    1. A Resistor Connected to an ac Source
    2. A Capacitor Connected to an ac Source
    3. An Inductor Connected to an ac Source
    4. Practice Quiz 7.1
    5. Series Combination of a Resistor, an Inductor and a Capacitor Connected to an ac Source
    6. Practice Quiz 7.2
  8. Light and Optics
    1. The History of Light
    2. Reflection of Light
    3. Refraction
    4. Practice Quiz 8.1
    5. Dispersion of Light
    6. Total Internal Reflection
    7. Practice Quiz 8.2
  9. Mirrors and Lenses
    1. Mirrors
    2. Practice Quiz 9.1
    3. Lenses
    4. Practice Quiz 9.2
  10. Wave Properties of Light
    1. Interference of Light
    2. Polarization
    3. Practice Quiz 10
  11. Relativity and Quantum Mechanics
    1. The History of Modern Physics
    2. The Michelson-Morley Experiment
    3. The Black Body Radiation Experiment
    4. The Photoelectric Effect Experiment
    5. De Broglie’s Hypothesis
    6. Schrodinger’s Equation
    7. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
    8. Practice Quiz 11
  12. Atomic Physics
    1. The history of the atom
    2. Bohr’s Model of the Atom
    3. Quantum Numbers
    4. Practice Quiz 12
  13. Nuclear Physics
    1. Radio Activity
    2. Binding Energy
    3. Nuclear Reactions
    4. Practice Quiz 13
  14. Answers to Practice Quizzes

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About the Author

Daniel Gebreselasie

Daniel Gebreselasie received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Asmara University (in Asmara Eritrea) in 1986. From 1986 to 1989, he worked as a lecturer in the Physics department of Asmara University. In 1989, he joined Baylor University (in Waco, Texas) to pursue Graduate studies in Physics. Daniel received his Master's degree in physics in 1992 and in 1995 earned a Doctorate degree in Condensed Matter Physics. Dr. Daniel Gebreselasie dissertation was in the area of Computational Surface Physics. After graduation, Dr. Gebreselasie worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Physics department of Baylor University. Currently, he works at Galveston College as a Professor of Physics.