Fundamentals of Physics II

Yale Course , Fall 2006 , Prof. Ramamurti Shankar

Lecture 1: Electrostatics

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Fundamentals of Physics, II (PHYS 201)

The course begins with a discussion of electricity. The concept of charge is introduced, and the properties of electrical forces are compared with those of other familiar forces, such as gravitation. Coulomb's Law, along with the principle of superposition, allows for the calculation of electrostatic forces from a given charge distribution.

00:00 - Chapter 1. Review of Forces and Introduction to Electrostatic Force
15:20 - Chapter 2. Coulomb's Law
21:09 - Chapter 3. Conservation and Quantization of Charge
26:15 - Chapter 4. Microscopic Understanding of Electrostatics
33:21 - Chapter 5. Charge Distributions and the Principle of Superposition

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This course was recorded in Spring 2010.

Course Description :

Electrostatics - Electric Fields - Gauss's Law and Application to Conductors and Insulators - The Electric Potential and Conservation of Energy - Capacitors - Resistance - Circuits and Magnetism - Ampere's Law - Lenz's and Faraday's Laws - LCR CircuitsDC Voltage - LCR CircuitsAC Voltage - Maxwell's Equations and Electromagnetic Waves - Ray or Geometrical Optics - Wave Theory of Light;Quantum Mechanics:The key experiments and wave-particle duality - Measurement theory, states of definite energy - Particle in a Box - Time-dependent Schrdinger Equation - Summary of postulates and special topics

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