Tuesday, September 21

1. Electrostatics

1. Electrostatics

For more information about Professor Shankar’s book based on the lectures from this course, Fundamentals of Physics: Mechanics, Relativity, and Thermodynamics, visit http://bit.ly/1jFIqNu.

Fundamentals of Physics, II (PHYS 201)

The course begins with a discussion of electricity. The concept of charge is introduced, and the properties of electrical forces are compared with those of other familiar forces, such as gravitation. Coulomb’s Law, along with the principle of superposition, allows for the calculation of electrostatic forces from a given charge distribution.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Review of Forces and Introduction to Electrostatic Force
15:20 – Chapter 2. Coulomb’s Law
21:09 – Chapter 3. Conservation and Quantization of Charge
26:15 – Chapter 4. Microscopic Understanding of Electrostatics
33:21 – Chapter 5. Charge Distributions and the Principle of Superposition

Complete course materials are available at the Open Yale Courses website: http://open.yale.edu/courses

This course was recorded in Spring 2010.