Course code Fizi3002

Credit points 3

Optics and magnetism

Total Hours in Course120

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Number of hours for laboratory classes16

Independent study hours72

Date of course confirmation20.03.2019

Responsible UnitDepartment of Physics

Course developer

author Fizikas katedra

Uldis Gross

Dr. phys.

Course abstract

The course discusses the physical concepts and laws that are needed to understand electromagnetic waves, their properties and basics of application in information technologies. In laboratory work, students get acquainted with different processes of electromagnetism and measure the physical values characterizing them, as well as learn to evaluate the results of their work.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledge of electromagnetism, process characteristics and regularities - theory tests.
Skills to make proper measurements - laboratory work.
Competence to evaluate measurement results - laboratory works and their defence.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Magnetic field.
2. Magnetic flow.
3. Electromagnetic induction.
4. Magnetic field in the substance.
5. Electromagnetic field.
6. Summary of magnetism.
7. Harmonic oscillations, their equation.
8. Damped oscillations, their equation.
9. Forced oscillations, their equation.
10. Summary of oscillations and waves.
11. Wave optics. Polarization.
12. Diffraction.
13. Interference. Dispersion.
14. Radiant Quantum Nature.
15. Induced radiation.
16. Summary of wave optics.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Written exam: answers to 10 theory questions. The exam is passed if the student has received 50% of the grade. Students who have collected at least 50% of the maximum number of points during the semester, summing up the assessment during the semester, are admitted to take the exam:
1. Colloquium in theory- 3;
2. Controls for solving tasks- 3;
3. Defending Laboratory Works - 8;
4. Independent homework-2 (optional option).
Each test is scored by 0-10 points.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

1. Independent work. An individual assignment will be given in e-learning.
2. Laboratory work calculations should be carried out, results and conclusions should be prepared for presentation.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

A student can obtain a successful mark for a test or exam if he / she collects at least 50% of the points in the assessment.
Students who have acquired at least 60% of the maximum possible score during the entire semester can receive an accumulative score.

Compulsory reading

1. Valtera A. red. Fizika. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1992. 733 lpp.
2. Materiāli e-studijās

Further reading

1. Tipler P. A., Mosca G. Physics for Scientists and Engineers 6th (Sixth) edition. USA: W. H. Freeman and Company. 2008. 1412 pp. 2. Giancoli D. C. Physics Principles with Applications 6th Edition. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Pearson Education International/Prentice Hall, 2005. 946 p.


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