Five College Consortium

Maxwellian Synthesis

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Amherst College

In the mid-nineteenth century, completing nearly a century of work by others, Maxwell developed an elegant set of equations describing the dynamical behavior of electromagnetic fields. A remarkable consequence of Maxwell’s equations is that the wave theory of light is subsumed under electrodynamics. Moreover, we know from subsequent developments that the electromagnetic interaction largely determines the structure and properties of ordinary matter. The course will begin with Coulomb’s Law but will quickly introduce the concept of the electric field. Moving charges and their connection with the magnetic field will be explored. Currents and electrical circuits will be studied. Faraday’s introduction of the dynamics of the magnetic field and Maxwell’s generalization of it will be discussed. Laboratory exercises will concentrate on circuits, electronic measuring instruments, and optics. Four hours of lecture and discussion and one three-hour laboratory per week.

Requisite: MATH 121 and PHYS 116 or 123. Spring semester. Professor Carter.

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Multiple required components--lab and/or discussion section. To register, submit requests for all components simultaneously.
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You must take one section for each of the following coreqs : PHYS-124L

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Maxwellian Synthesis
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Ashley Carter

MWF 12:00PM-12:50PM; TH 03:30PM-04:20PM

MERR 211; MERR 211