Physics: Electromagnetism (Section B)

Winter 2017 quarter

Taught by

Allen Olson
physics, education
  • UG

What is electricity?  We use it for all sorts of things, but where does it come from?  This course provides an overview of the physics of electromagnetism.  Topics will include electrical circuits, static electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetic interactions.  Conceptual understanding will be emphasized with algebra and basic trigonometry as mathematical foundations.  Laboratory exercises will involve some experimental design and will focus on developing skill in observation and analysis while reinforcing conceptual understanding.

While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior experience in physical science is beneficial as is a general confidence in approaching mathematical information.

Taking this course as part of a sequence with Physics: Motion and Physics: Light provides the equivalent of a standard, algebra-based, first-year physics sequence.

Program Details

Fields of Study


Preparatory For

medicine, science education, and further studies in STEM fields.


Winter Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

7:30-9:30p Tue/Thu. First meeting is Tuesday, January 10, 7:30p, in Lab 2 2238. (If you are looking for the section that meets from 5:30-7:30, check the catalog for Section A)

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online

May be offered again in

Winter 2017-18