physics department

PHYS 204




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PHYS 204

Marine Physics




PHYS 110, MATH 110


Objectives of the course :


This course aims to teach the fundamental physical concepts of electricity and magnetism which be needed by marine students.


Course Description :

Coulomb’s law, electric field, electric field due to a point charge, Gauss’s law. Electric potential energy, electric potential, potential due to a point charge, potential due to a group of point charges. Capacitors, capacitance, capacitors in parallel and series, energy stored in a capacitor.  Electric current, current density, resistors, resistance and resistivity determination, Ohm’s law, power in electric circuits, work, energy and electric motive force “emf”, calculating the current in a single loop circuit, Kirchoff’s law, potential differences, multi-loop circuits, ammeter and voltmeter, RC circuits “charging and discharging a capacitor”.  Magnetic field, discovery of the electron, Ampere’s law, magnetic force on a current-carrying wires, torque on a current loop. Faraday’s law of induction, self-induction, RL circuits, energy stored in an inductor, mutual induction. Alternating current, the series RLC circuits, power in ac circuits, transformers.


Main text books :

Fundamental of Physics by Halliday,  Resnick & Walker 2001 John Wiley & Sons.


Subsidiary books :

1- Physics for scientist and engineers with modern physics by Serway (1997), Saunders college publisher .

2- University Physics by Sears, Zemansky, and Young (1995) .

3- Physics by Halliday, Resnick & Krane (1992) John Wiley & Sons.

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