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Electricity & Magnetism, Part 1 - Rice University

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PHYS 102.1x serves as an introduction to charge, the electric field, the electric potential, current, resistance, and DC circuits with resistors and capacitors.
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Requirements: Calculus and introductory mechanics


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What I would highlight Superb physics course I have ever attended. Natural, yet thorough presentation of all materials. Homework difficulty level was perfect and fills any crevice in ideas. Much obliged to you educator Hafner. Anticipating further learning in the second portion of this course.

What could be improved Nothing.

Course taken: October 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.
What I would highlight The excellent course I have attended as such. Enjoyable and instructive. I genuinely trust Prof. Hafner keeps doing awesome. Future courses in this form will be exceedingly valued.

What could be improved Nothing bad.

Course taken: November 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.
Hindishe Lee
What I would highlight Prof. Hafner is a remarkable, excellent and involving instructor. His courses are the only MOOCs I have attended where I have felt as though I was in a genuine classroom - with the prof. I took E&M 1 and 2 - would like to audit and enhance with this self-managed variant. The material (for me) was testing - with recently the correct blend of hypothesis, classes, demos and homework trouble. Appreciated.

What could be improved No negative aspects.

Course taken: November 2016 | Recomendarías este centro? Sí.

What you'll learn on the course

Chemistry Research
DC Circuits

Course programme

PHYS 102.1x serves as an introduction to electricity and magnetism, following the standard second semester college physics sequence. Part 1 begins with electric charge in matter, the forces between charges, the electric field, Gauss’s Law, and the electric potential.  Electric current and resistance are introduced, and then DC circuits are described, including time-dependent behavior with resistors and capacitors. PHYS 102.1x consists of 5 weekly learning sequences, each with ~1.5 hours of video lectures, conceptual lecture problems, and online homework questions. The course concludes with an online exam during the 6th week.   What are the prerequisites? We will assume that you are familiar with vectors, that you know how to calculate integrals, and that you have had introductory mechanics. These topics will be briefly reviewed as needed, but not in a systematic way. If you have not had classes in these topics it may be possible to complete the course with extra study. What textbook is required? The course will not strictly follow or make assignments from a specific textbook.  Any recent freshman physics textbook will suffice. Reading assignments will be given by topic, including links to several free online physics textbooks.

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Jason Hafner Jason Hafner earned his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1998 under Richard Smalley for work on carbon nanotubes, and pursued postdoctoral studies at Harvard University with Charles Lieber. Dr. Hafner is currently a Professor of Physics and Astronomy and of Chemistry at Rice, as well as an Associate Editor of ACS Nano. He has taught freshman and sophomore physics at Rice for the past eight years, and is a member of Rice's Center for Teaching Excellence.