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2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog 
2023-2024 Cal State East Bay Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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PHYS 451 - Electromagnetism II

Units: 3
Time-varying aspects associated with electromagnetism.  In particular this course covers electrodynamics, Faraday’s Law, Maxwell’s equations, propagation of electromagnetic plane wave radiation, and radiation from accelerated charges.

Prerequisites: PHYS 450.
Possible Instructional Methods: On-ground.
Grading: A-F or CR/NC (student choice).
Course Typically Offered: Variable Intermittently

Student Learning Outcomes - Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:
  1. Students will be able to analyze problems and explain a variety of complex electromagnetic phenomena utilizing the fundamental equations known as Maxwell’s Equations.
  2. Students will use Maxwell’s Equations and the resulting plane wave solutions to analyze models to determine how light is reflected and transmitted at interfaces, i.e., the Fresnel Equations.
  3. Student will use complex analysis methods to incorporate absorption of energy into models of light describing reflection from and transmission through media.
  4. Students will understand the basic models associated with the retarded potential formalism and the source of electromagnetic radiation, i.e. accelerating charges.
  5. Students will be able to explain how electric and magnetic fields transform in alternate inertial reference frames, i.e. how are fields treated in special relativity.

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