Fundamentals of Physics II

Yale Course , Fall 2006 , Prof. Ramamurti Shankar

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Overview

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

Lecture 14: Maxwells Equations and Electromagnetic Waves I

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        For more information about Professor Shankars book based on the lectures from this course, Fundamentals of Physics Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics, visit httpbit.ly1jFIqNu. Fundamentals of Physics, II (PHYS 201) Waves on a string are reviewed and the general solution to the wave equation is described. Maxwells equations in their final form are written down and then considered in free space, away from charges and currents. It is shown how to verify that a given set of fields obeys Maxwells equations by considering them on infinitesimal cubes and loops. A simple form of the solutions is assumed and the parameters therein fitted using Maxwells equations. The wave equation follows, along with the wave speed equal to that of light (3 x 10^8), suggesting (correctly) that light is an electromagnetic wave. The vector relationship between the electric field, the magnetic field and the direction of wave propagation is described. 0000 - Chapter 1. Background 0443 - Chapter 2. Review of Wave Equation 2001 - Chapter 3. Maxwells Equations 5647 - Chapter 4. Light as an Electromagnetic Wave Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website httpopen.yale.educourses This course was recorded in Spring 2010. For more information about Professor Shankars book based on the lectures from this course, Fundamentals of Physics Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics, visit httpbit.ly1jFIqNu.

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