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Notre Dame University Louaize PHS 212 Electricity & Magnetism

Faculty of Natural & Applied Sciences Spring 2017

Department of Physics & Astronomy Instructor: Dr. Charbel Zgheib (Sec. A&B)

Instructor: Dr. Charbel Zgheib, Office: S311, Email:, Ext.: 2116
Office Hours: MW 9:00 - 10:00 am or by appointment
Class Schedule: MWF 11:00-12:00 am & 2:00-3:00 p.m., Room: S112 & S108 respectively,
Course Homepage:
Course Name & Description: (as listed in the NDU Catalogue)
PHS 212 - Electricity and Magnetism (3.0); 3 cr. Electrostatics: field, potential and dielectric. DC circuits and laws.
Magnetic field, Ampere's and Faraday's laws, induction. AC circuits. Qualitative discussion of Maxwell's equations.
Co-requisite: MAT 224
Teaching and Learning Methodology:
This course aims to introduce you to the laws of electricity and magnetism through following in the footsteps of a
physicist and problem-solving. This process will make you good critical thinkers. Problem-solving is critical
thinking. The instructor will employ an interactive approach. The emphasis is on explaining processes to students
and not on manipulating a bunch of symbols, aka equations. To achieve this goal the instructor and you will discover
the physical law in your virtual lab, solve one or two applications and then start solving problems. You be will
trained to think critically by first understanding the given, remembering the right laws, analyzing the problem,
working on the individual parts, putting it together again, and finally formulating the right solution in a way
accessible to your peers. Problem-solving, both in class and at home, is the only way to become a good critical
thinker and also to pass this course. You will need to solve the weekly assigned homework problems.

Course Learning Outcomes and their correlation to Student Outcomes:

Course learning Outcomes Correlation
To use coordinates systems and vector algebra (such as Curl, divergence, dot product and cross 1&2
product) in studying electrostatics and magnetostatics
Define and utilize Coulombs Law 1&2
Define and utilize Gauss Law 1&2
Calculate resistances of inhomogeneous resistors 1&2
Calculate capacitance in various geometries 1&2
Define and utilize the Law of Biot-Savart 1&2
Define and Utilize Amperes Law 1&2
Calculate inductance and mutual inductance for various geometries 1&2

Three of one-hour tests (Blackboard exam) (Best two will be counted) 50%
Class Participation 5%
Assignments (Wiley Plus) 5%
Attendance 5%
Final Exam 35%

Physics, by Halliday & Resnick (any edition of this famous textbook)

Possible References:
Electricity, Magnetism and Light, by Saslow
University Physics, Sears, Zemansky and Young 5th ed.
Physics, Serway, 3rd ed.
University Physics, Young and Freedman, 9th ed.

Other Course Information & University Policies:

Please check the course page on Blackboard for the relevant University policies, resources, etc.
Notre Dame University Louaize PHS 212 Electricity & Magnetism
Faculty of Natural & Applied Sciences Spring 2017
Department of Physics & Astronomy Instructor: Dr. Charbel Zgheib (Sec. A&B)

Week #Lectures Topics Notes

23/1 27/1 1 (MWF) 0 (TTh) Introduction , Electric Force 27/01 Classes begin
30/01 Late Registration (Classes are in
30/1 3/2 3 Electric Force Coulombs Law (Point Charge)
31/01-01/02 Drop and Add (Classes are in
Electric Dipole, Linear Charge distribution (Infinite Line,
6/2 10/2 2 (MWF) 1.5 (TTh) 9/2 St. Marouns Day Holiday
Arc, ..)
Linear charge dist.(ring)
13/2 17/2 3 Surface charge dist.(infinite strip, disk)
Gauss Law
Gauss Law applications : Infinite line. Surface charge
20/2 24/2 3 dist. : infinite plane. Volume charge dist. : spherical &
cylindrical symmetry
Gauss Law : conductors, inf. Planes, spherical &
27/2 3/3 3
cylindrical shells. Electrical potential from point charges
Electrical potential: discrete point charge. V from E.
6/3 10/3 3 Charge distributions: line, spheres, cylinders. Elec.
Potential energy
2 (MWF) 4.5 (TTh)
Capacitance: Definition. Parallel-plate, spherical and
13/3 17/3 (W. do not meet; Th. 13/3 (Exam I)
Cylindrical capacitors
24/3 4p.m. Deadline for Fall 2016 incomplete
Capacitance: Dielectrics. Electric Energy, Changing
20/3 24/3 3 grades
25/3 Feast of the Annunciation Holiday
Capacitance: Dielectrics. Electric Energy, Changing
27/3 31/3 3 Capacitance. 30-31/04 Open Doors Main Campus
Ohms Law
Magnetostatic: Oersted Exp., analogy with Electrostatics,
3/4 7/4 3
Magnetic Field, discovery of an Electron
12/04 NDU Easter Mass NDU
Hall effect, Circulating charged particles, Mass
10/4 14/4 2 (MWF) 1.5 (TTh) [13/04 - 18/04] Western & Eastern Easter
spectrometers, Magnetic field on moving electric charge
Current and Magnetic Fields: Magnetic Field on moving
17/4 21/4 2 (MWF) 1.5 (TTh) electric charge. Torque on current loop, Magnetic dipole 21/4 Exam II
Biot-Savart Law: infinite wire, infinite strip, ring, arcs+
24/4 28/4 3
1/5 5/5 2 (MWF) 3 (TTh) Amperes Law: infinite line, co-axial cable (with diff Is) 1/05 Labor Day Holiday
Amperes Law: solenoid, toroid. Faradays Law: mag. 12/05 Founders Day (Classes are not in
8/5 12/5 2 (MWF) 3 (TTh)
Flux, induced Flux, B and Iind, Induced Electric Field session)
18/05 4p.m. Deadline for withdrawing from
Faradays Law: emf. Varying B, angle, area, Forces.
15/5 19/5 3 courses
Faradays Law: Self-inductance, Magnetic Energy
15/5 Exam II
22/5 26/5 1 (MWF) 0 (TTh) 22/5 9 p.m. End of classes