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Of the four types of interactions that control how matter, energy, space, and time produce our physical world, electromagnetism is perhaps the most difficult to understand. It is also responsible for most of the classical mechanical forces and the foundation for fields ranging from electrical engineering and environmental engineering to physical chemistry and materials science. On a large scale, we observe the universe through electromagnetic radiation (light, for example). On a small scale, our smartphones consist of billions of electrical components called transistors.

Stressing physical understanding and practical applications with projects such as motors, electromagnets, circuit design, and optics, this course will provide students with a robust knowledge of the principles of electromagnetism while grounding that knowledge in physical experience and observation. Our focus on problem solving and laboratory investigation will give them the confidence to reason intuitively about electromagnetic interactions as they progress in their studies.

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Session One
Course is Full
at the time of application
on the first day of session
Scheduled Class Time*
08:00 AM - 11:00 AM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.


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