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Electricity and Magnetism

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Recommended Textbooks:

Note: Much of the material in this course overlaps with the content of the following:
  • AP Physics C Exam

Relevant textbook sections are noted beneath each concept.

Blue Sections indicate the major concepts to understand and be able to address or answer or problem types you are likely to encounter.
These can be used for quick review, or as an indicator of which problems/concepts are most relevant


Properties of Charge and Coulomb's Law

Serway: 23.1 - 23.3
HyperPhysics: Coulomb's Law
  • What are the equations for Coulombic Force and Electric Field? 
  • What are the values of k, the charge of an electron, and the permittivity of free space?
  • How do you recover the net force (as a vector) from geometric arranges of point charges? 
    • For example: Triangles, square, cubes, pyramids, etc.
  • If a system of charges lies on a straight line, can you identify points where the net force will equal zero?
  • In which situations can symmetry reduce to complexity of calculating force? 
    • Are you able to identify when vector components cancel?
  • Can you draw free-body diagrams that include forces due to charge?
  • How do you relate the force due to a charge to traditional statics problems from mechanics?
    • Examples: 
      • Pendulum systems held in equilibrium due to forces from tension, gravity, and point charges.
      • "Block on an incline" problems, held in equilibrium by forces from gravity, charge, and friction.
      • Spring problems (Forces from charge, gravity, and spring force.
  • What is the relationship between the net force due to a charge and its Electric Field?

Electric Fields

Serway: 23.4 - 24.1

  • What is the integral equation for finding the field due to a charge distribution?
  • Can you draw Electric Field lines between point charges?
  • Can you recover the Electric Field from the net force or net charge? 
    • Can you find the field in all of the situations from the previous section?
  • Can you identify symmetry in uniform charge distributions to find the net Electric Field at a point?
    • Common problems: Field due to semicircles, rods, rings, discs, etc.
    • Can you rewrite dq in terms of charge density?
  • Can you integrate over a non-uniform charge distribution to find the total field?
    • How do you find the total charge due to a ring, disc, or annulus?
    • Can you also integrate charge distributions over arbitrary shapes, such as semi-circles, rods, or cylinders?
      • Note: If you are taking this as a class, you will almost certainly be asked to find the fields at a point due to 
        charged rods, rings, and discs - often with non-uniform charge distributions.
  • How are the net force, the electric field, and acceleration related?
    • Can you determine the acceleration of a particle in a uniform electric field?
    • Can you use kinematics to model the final position of a particle deflected by a field?

Gauss's Law

Serway: Ch. 24
    Skim: 24.2 - 24.6

Gauss's Law
Gaussian Surfaces and Conductors

Electrical Potential

Serway: 25.1 - 25.8

Concept Explanations: Potential, eV, and Conservation of Energy

Conductors, Capacitors, Dielectrics

Electrostatics with Conductors



Serway: 26.1 - 26.3

Parallel Plate

Spherical and Cylindrical


Serway: 26.4 - 26.7

Electric Circuits

Current, Resistance, and Power

Serway: 27.1 - 27.6? (Unsure of where Power is discussed)

Steady-state Direct Current Circuits with Batteries and Resistors

Capacitors in Circuits


Transient in RC Circuits

Magnetic Fields

* Serway: 30.1 - 30.2

Forces on Moving Charges

Forces on Current-Carrying Wires

Fields of Long Current-Carrying Wires

Biot-Savart Law

Ampere's Law

Serway: 30.4 - 31.4



Faraday's Law

Serway: 31.3? - 31.6?

Lenz's Law

Serway: 31.5? - 31.6?


Serway: 32.1 - 32.3

LR Circuits

LC Circuits

Maxwell's Equations

Serway: 30.6, 31.4, 34.1


DC Circuits

Serway: 28.1 - 28.2

Kirchoff's Rules

Serway: 28.3 - 28.4

RC Circuits

Serway: 28.5 - 28.6


Serway: 29.1 - 29.6

Inductive DC Circuits

Serway: 32.3 - 32.6

AC Current

Serway: 33.1 - 33.4

AC Circuits

Serway: 33.5 - 33.7

Electromagnetic Plane Waves

Serway: 34.2 - 34.7?