• Unit 2: Electrostatics

    We are now beginning our study of electricity and magnetism. We will discover that electricity and magnetism are two different aspects of the same phenomenon, which is usually referred to as electromagnetism. Our starting place will be electrostatics or, more simply, the rules governing the behavior of static charges. The first experiments on electrical phenomena were carried out by our friend from PHYS101, Thales of Miletus. He observed that one could generate a static charge on amber by rubbing it with wool.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 20 hours.

    • 2.1: Introduction to Electricity

    • 2.2: Electric Field and Gauss' Law

    • 2.3: Electric Potential and Electric Potential Energy

    • 2.4: Capacitors and Capacitance – Storage of Electric Energy

    • Unit 2 Assessment