Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Electrodynamics, Optics, and Special Relativity

Lecture/demonstration, four hours; discussion, one hour. Enforced requisites: course 1A, 1B, Mathematics 32A, 32B. Enforced corequisite: Mathematics 33A. Magnetic fields, Ampere's law, Faraday's law, inductance, and alternating current circuits. Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, light, geometrical optics, interference and diffraction. Special relativity. P/NP or letter grading.

Review Summary

8.3 / 10
8.3 / 10
5-10 hrs/week
8.3 / 10


    Quarter Taken: Fall 2021 In-Person
    Grade: A

    His exams aren't hard, and Hamilton is generally available to explain anything you might not understand.

    Quarter Taken: Spring 2022 In-Person
    Grade: A

    Lectures fast but it's only because there is a lot of material to cover; teacher responds to student concerns and questions promptly; midterms are not easy but are nevertheless fair

    Quarter Taken: Fall 2022 In-Person
    Grade: A

    Hamilton is really nice, but his lectures are really boring. Stopped going to class and simply read from his notes.


David Hamilton
Previously taught
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Grading Information

  • No group projects

  • Attendance not required

  • 2 midterms

  • Finals week final

  • 100% recommend the textbook

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