Course Code : | 1100WETFY2 |

Study domain: | Physics |

Academic year: | 2019-2020 |

Semester: | 1st/2nd semester |

Contact hours: | 88 |

Credits: | 8 |

Study load (hours): | 224 |

Contract restrictions: | Exam contract not possible |

Language of instruction: | Dutch |

Exam period: | exam in the 1st and/or 2nd semester |

Lecturer(s) | Dirk Lamoen |

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:

an active knowledge of

specific prerequisites for this course

an active knowledge of

- Dutch

- English

- general knowledge of the use of a PC and the Internet

specific prerequisites for this course

general competences : see Physics I

students should be familiar with the topics of Physics I (Mechanics, Waves, Vibrations,...)

Students should be able to perform a systematic precision analysis of measured quantities.

Students should be familiar with the techniques of Applied Mathematics I & II. In particular they should be able to work with complex numbers, limits, derivatives, integrals, Taylor series. They should also be able to solve simple differential equations and sets of linear algebraic equations.

- Students are familiar with the fundamental laws and basic concepts of physics.
- Students are able to apply the laws of physics to solve problems.
- Students areable to translate physical problems into mathematical equations and have insight into the involved approximations.
- Students are able to execute simple experiments and to report on them.
- Students are able to perform a statistical & accuracy analysis of their measurements.
- Students are able to use a textbook to study physics.

This course deals with the properties of electricity and magnetism in a classical i.e. non quantum mechanical way, though, where possible the link with quantum mechanics is made. A large part of the course is devoted to the properties of light. Some topics of so-called Modern Physics are also addressed like the special theory of relativity, quantum mechanics and radioactivity. The theory is illustrated with examples and classroom experiments.

The following topics are discussed :

Electrostatics : Coulomb and Gauss' law, calculation of electric fields and electrostatic potentials for different (continuous) charge distributions, Ohm's law, Kirchhoff's laws, network analysis, alternating currents, ...

Magnetostatics : magnetic field due to a point charge, Biot-Savart's law, Ampere's law, Faraday's law and induction, ...

Maxwell equations, Electromagnetic waves

Optics : lenses and mirrors

Interference, diffraction and polarization of light

Special Relativity : Lorentz transformation, the concept of simultaneity, equivalence of mass and energy,

Radioactivity : radioactive decay, nuclear reactions, chain reactions, nuclear power plants, nuclear fission and fusion

Introduction to Quantum Mechanics : wave-particle duality, the principle of a LASER, the principle of electron microscopy.

The course has an international dimension.

Class contact teachingLectures Practice sessions Laboratory sessions

Personal workExercises

Personal work

Weekly laboratory experiments.

Examination

"Physics for Scientists and Engineers (with Modern Physics),4th edition, D.C. Giancoli. Publisher : Pearson Education, Inc.

This book is accompanied by a code which gives access to the on-line system "Mastering Physics".

Never accept/buy a book without the code.

The book is available at the University copy service (Campus CGB).

D. Lamoen

EMAT, Departement Fysica, lokaal U413

Campus Groenenborger

Groenenborgerlaan 171

2020 Antwerpen

telefoon : 32-3-2653316

fax : 32-3-2653318

email : Dirk.Lamoen@uantwerpen.be