Summer 2024 - PHYS 121 D100

Optics, Electricity and Magnetism (3)

Class Number: 1684

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Mon, Wed, Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 120 or 125 or 140, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 101 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 152 or 155. Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 133.



A general calculus-based introduction to electricity, magnetism and optics. Topics include electricity, magnetism, simple circuits, optics and topics from applied physics. Students with credit for PHYS 102, 126 or 141 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative/Breadth-Science.


Electromagnetic waves and Optics.  Electric force, electric field, electrostatic potential.  Capacitance, dielectrics, currents, DC circuits.  Magnetic field, Biot-Savart Law, Ampere’s Law, charge motion in electric and magnetic fields, torque on a current loop, Faraday's Law, electrical generators and motors, inductance, LCR circuits.


1.     Electricity

2.     Magnetism                                   

3.     Simple circuits

4.     Optics

5.     Topics from applied physics


  • Achieve pre-lectures and bridge assignment 10%
  • Tutorials 5%
  • Achieve online homework 10%
  • Midterm I 20%
  • Midterm II 20%
  • Final Exam 35%



Online access to Achieve For Physics, including e-book, Physics – For Scientists and Engineers Vol. 2 (Tipler) 6th ed. and 1-term access to digital iClicker for this course.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, within one week of the final exam schedule being posted.

Registrar Notes:


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