Course title General Physics 2
Code F102
Status Lectures(60), Seminars (15), Numerical exercises (30)
Level Basic subject
Year 1. Semester 1.
ECTS 9 ECTS credits
Lecturer Branko Vuković, Associate Professor
Course objective Adopt the basic knowledge and concepts in the field of electricity and magnetism. Prepare for courses that follow and which require knowledge of natural laws in specified fields.
Prerequisites Obtained competences in physics and mathematics at the previous levels of education; entered university undergraduate study.
Learning outcomes: After successfully completed course, students will be able to:

  1. Define the basic concepts and describe phenomena in the field of electricity and magnetism.
  2. Interprete properly graphical presentations of physical quantities and their interdependence.
  3. Describe and interprete properly the demonstration of the above areas.
Teaching activity ECTS Learning outcome Students activity Methods of evaluation Points
min max
Class attendance 1 1-4 Class attendance  Evidence list (handwritten signature of the student)  0  10
ColloquIum (midterm exams) 3 1-4 Expressions of definitions and physical laws. Performs mathematical expressions for certain physical quantities. Describing demonstration experiments performed in class. Solving numerical problems. Written midterms (3 exams per semester).  0  50
 Seminars 1 1-4 The research on a given topic and writing text seminars. Drawing up a presentation and an oral presentation of the seminar. Rating of the written seminar (up to 5 points), and oral presentation score (up to 5 points).  0  10
 Homework 1 4 Solving numerical problems. Checking and discussions on the following exercises or consultation. 0 15
Final exam 3 1-4 Numerical exercises as written and oral assessment test understanding of physical laws. Written and oral examination. 0 15
Total 9  0 100
Consultations Denis Stanić: Wednesday, 12:00-14:00
Marina Poje: Tuesday, 12:00-14:00
Maja Varga Pajtler: Tuesday, 12:00-13:00
Gained competencies Understanding the basic physical concepts and relations related to electricity and magnetism.
Spotting concepts that are common to different areas.
Ability to formulate and derive the basic equations and their usage in solving problems, explaining natural phenomena and principles of selected devices and instruments.
Developing analytical and quantitative approach to solving problems.
Show the relationship of physical quantities using graphs and interpret the graph and the relationship between physical quantities.
Developing the skills of scientific research.
Developing written and spoken communication skills and professional expression when writing seminars and during the public appearances.
Content (Course curriculum) Electricity. Coulomb’s law. Electric field. Work in the electric field. Electric potential.  Electric influence; induction. Gauss theorem. The distribution of charge on the conductor. Capacitors and capacitance. Dielectric polarization. Electrostatic field energy. Sources of electricity, electricity engines. Electromotive force. Electric current. Joule’s law. Ohm’s Law. Electric resistance. Connecting the resistors. Potentiometer. Kirchoff’s rules. Shunting conductors. Electric current in electrolytes. Current in vacuum and gases. Current in semiconductors. Magnetism. The magnetic field of electric current. The Biot-Savart law. Ampere’s law. Magnetic force acting on a current-carrying conductor. Electrodynamics force. Lorentz force. The magnetic force between two parallel conductors; definition of ampere. Work due electrodynamics force. Magnetic flux. The current loop in a magnetic field. Galvanometer, ammeter, voltmeter. Electromagnetic induction; induced currents. Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction. Lenz’s rule. Induced electromotive force; alternating current generator, dynamo generator. Mutual inductance. Self-inductance. Electric current in the RL, RC and LC circuits. Energy stored in a magnetic field. Energy on the capacitor; discharge of the capacitors in the LC circuit and the LRC circuits. Alternating electric current; resistor, Ohm’s law, power. Transformer. Inductor. Three-phase alternating current. Electric motors. Magnetic properties of matter: permeability, diamagnetism, paramagnetism, ferromagnetism. Potential energy in a magnetic field. Magnetization. Hysteresis. Electromagnets. Electrodynamics microphone. Magnetic tape. Maxwell’s equations. Electromagnetic waves and their spectrum.
Recommended reading
  1. Cindro, N., Fizika 2, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1988.
  2. Kulišić, P., Lopac, V., Elektromagnetske pojave i struktura tvari, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1991.
  3. Hugh D. Young, Roger A. Freedman, University Physics, Pearson
Additional reading
  1. Paić, M., Osnove fizike, III dio, Liber, Zagreb, 1989.
  2. D. Halliday, R. Resnick, J. Walker, Fundamentals of Physics, Wiley
  3. Kulišić, P., Lopac, V., Riješeni zadaci iz elektromagnetskih pojava i struktura tvari, Školska knjiga, Zagreb, 1991.
  4. Purcell, M., Berkeleyski tečaj fizike, II dio (Elektricitet i magnetizam), Tehnička knjiga, Zagreb 1988.
  5. E. Babić, R. Krsnik i M. Očko, Zbirka riješenih zadataka iz fizike, Školska knjiga, Zagreb 2004.
Instructional methods Lectures (60 hours) with the use of Power Point presentations, interactive simulation, the performance of demonstration experiments, addressing selected sample assignments, individual and group work, discussions and tests to check knowledge.
Numerical exercises instructed by an assistant (30 hours) with the lead of the assistant. Within the auditory exercises students receive additional tasks for the exercise, which are solved alone for the homework. Checking solutions and discussion on the tutorials.
Student presentations and discussions of specific topics at the seminar (15 hours).
Exam formats Students have the opportunity to take the numerical problems and theories through three exams (colloquium) per semester. If for each area in each colloquium achieve more than 60% of the points are exempt from the written and oral examination.
Other students take a written and oral exam.
Language Croatian. English (mentoring students).
Quality control and successfulness follow up A questionnaire will be offered to students at the end of the semester with a goal of finding and improving weak spots in the conception and delivery of the course.
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