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Rutgers Physics and Astronomy

Physics 227

Analytical Physics IIA
Electricity & Magnetism

Fall 2016



Prof. Michael Gershenson

Prof. Torgny Gustafsson



Prof. Jolie Cizewski


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Final exam: Tuesday, Dec. 20




CAC Gym Annex


Scott 135





The post-testing process in your physics course includes an in-class post test and an online physics survey. We ask you to take the post test and the survey seriously because it helps us make improvements to this course, and to future courses you will be taking. The research study leaders will be the only people with access to your answers; as your instructors we will receive information only as to whether or not you have completed the survey. Taking the test and survey seriously will help your grade, and not completing them (or spending less than 10 minutes on the survey) will hurt your grade.


You are expected to show up and complete the in-class post test in lecture on Monday December 12th. If you are unable to make it on Monday, the makeup date is Wednesday December 14th anytime between 12:00noon-6:00PM in ARC 213. THERE IS NO MAKEUP DATE AFTER WEDNESDAY. In addition to the paper post test that you will take in recitation, the last phase of the post-testing process is to complete an online physics survey. Here is the link for the online survey https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0JkWoQt90vKnry5; it will take about 20 minutes to complete. Note that although the survey does not ask for your name, you need to log in with your Rutgers NetID in order to take it; that is how we will be able to give you credit for having taken it. You cannot get credit for taking the online survey after Friday December 16th at midnight.


Office Hours

You are encouraged to regularly attend the office hours of the instructors in Physics 227. The following are the office hours of the instructors. You can attend any one of these. Because of the travel commitments of Physics 227 instructors, these hours are subject to change. Please check the weekly course announcements for any changes.


M 1030-1130a ARC MSLC 332

M 1130-1230pm ARC MSLC 332

M 300-400pm Serin W336

M 400-500p Serin W122

W 540-640p Serin W119

Th 300-400pm SRN 207

Th 400-500 PM ARC 238.

F 430-600p ARC MSLC 332




All of the engineering students are being tested in their core courses this fall at the beginning of the semester and again at the end of the semester. These data will be used to improve your learning experiences in these courses and in your future courses.   Your responses to these tests and surveys will have no bearing on your course grade. Your instructors will not see your scores, and will keep track only whether or not you took the tests.


There are four components to the pre and post test requirements:  two in-class exams and two on-line surveys, with an exam and survey and both at the beginning and at the end of the semester.  If you participate in all 4 components, you will get 100% on 2% of your grade; if you miss any of the 4 components you will get a zero for 2% of your grade.


Pre-on-line survey.  You are required to complete the online pre survey NOW but not later than Monday, September 26: https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_7afswlsRd6voexf. You access the survey by using your net id to log in to Rutgers Qualtrics. Please close the browser when you have completed the survey, especially if you are using a public or shared computer.





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If you are having registration problems and need a special permission number, please submit requests through a form on our website at to http://physics.rutgers.edu/descr/descr-ug-program2.shtml

For other questions, contact the course administrator Prof. Cizewski (cizewski@physics.rutgers.edu) or the lecturers Prof. Gershenson (gersh@physics.rutgers.edu) and Prof. Gustafsson (gustaf@physics.rutgers.edu).


We live in an electromagnetic age, in which almost every activity in our lives - from driving cars to tweeting - everything depends on our mastery of the forces of electricity and magnetism. Anyone hoping to understand the foundations of the modern world needs to know about the concepts and principles of electromagnetism that keep our world afloat.

In this course you will learn these concepts and principles. You will learn that electromagnetism isn't just a nerdy paradise. Rather, the discovery, understanding and mastery of classical electromagnetism was one of the crowning intellectual triumphs of the Victorian era. We'll talk about how an American revolutionary invented the concept of charge and tested his concept with experiments on lightning, how a young bookbinder in London came up with the extraordinary idea that space is not empty, but absolutely filled with seething, fluctuating lines of force - the electromagnetic field - and showed how to use these ideas to invent an electric motor, and how a young Scotsman embodied these principles in four simple and beautiful equations.

This will be a tough, yet we hope, rewarding course in which we shall expect you to think conceptually, in which we will ask you not just to accumulate a list of equations into which you plug numbers, but to develop a familiarity with and ability to visualize the behavior of systems of charges, currents and electric and magnetic fields. We look forward to having you in our class. In the first week of the fall semester, we will meet for the E&M pre-test (during your regular recitation hours) and the first lecture at the Physics Lecture Hall, Busch Campus, on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Michael Gershenson, Torgny Gustafsson, and Jolie Cizewski.

Last modified: July 25, 2012