Professor Tracy Webb Reviews


Class Ratings

4.3Good Class
3Avg. Difficulty
5Very Interesting
5Very Useful

Professor Rating

4Good Prof

Prof: Tracy Webb / Winter 2021

May 13, 2021

Comments on the course

Introductory course on electricity, magnetism, and optics.

Course Content

Electricity: Coulomb's Law, electric charges + fields, continuous charge distributions, electric flux, Gauss's Law, electric potential energy + potential difference + electrostatic work, capacitors, conductors + resistors, circuits (Ohm's Law + Kirchhoff's Rules). Magnetism: magnetic fields, magnetic force and torque, magnetic potential energy, Biot - Savart Law, Ampere's Law, Gauss's Law on Magnetism, Lenz's Law, Faraday's Law, EM waves (Maxwell's Equations, Poynting Vector). Optics: Dual nature of light, ray optics (ray diagrams), reflection, refraction, Snell's Law, Huygens's Principle, image formation, magnification, mirrors + lenses, optical instruments + applications, wave optics (Young's Double - Slit Experiment, interference, diffraction)

Comments on the professor

Really nice and understanding.


Do practice problems and make a "cheat" sheet with all the formulas, definitions, and constants because this course covers a lot of ground. Revisit lecture recordings to take notes because the professor goes pretty fast and in class. Labs appear to be really fun but COVID happened. This course involves integration and basic vector calculus so brush up on those if you're rusty.

Course: PHYS 142Delivery: OnlineGrade: AAttendance: Non-MandatoryWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: Optional
Assignment HeavyExam Heavy