This freshmen level course has been designed to provide an introduction to the ideas and concepts of Physics that would serve as a foundation for subsequent electronic engineering courses. The primary objective is to endow the knowledge of a wide variety of electromagnetic phenomena’s along with their scientific applications, specifically, in the field of electronic engineering. The course initiates with a short review of relevant mathematics, immediately followed by the basics of electricity at the atomic level. A majority of the course is then dedicated for electric and magnetic fields, forces, elements and their applications. Additionally, it also aims to provide introductory knowledge of wave theory and semi-conductor theory in conjunction with their applications.


CLO: 1. Describe the way in which various concepts in electromagnetism come into play in particular situations. (Level: C1)
CLO: 2. Illustrate the electromagnetic phenomena and fields mathematically.(Level: C2)
CLO: 3. Interpret basic electric circuits used in science and engineering.(Level: C3)
CLO: 4. Examine the mechanical phenomena including straight line motion and simple harmonic motion along with their mathematical models.(Level: C4)


  1. Vectors and Scalars- Two Lectures
    • Introduction to vectors and scalars
    • Addition of vectors
    • Components of vectors
    • Vectors and laws of physics
    • Multiplying vectors
  2. Electric Charge- Two Lectures
    • Introduction to electric charge
    • Conductors and Insulators
    • Coulomb’s Law
    • Charge is quantized
    • Charge is conserved
  3. Electric Fields- Six Lectures
    • Introduction to Electric Field
    • Electric field lines
    • The electric field due to point charge
    • The electric field due to electric dipole
    • The electric field due to line of charge
    • The electric field due to a charged disk
    • A point charge in electric field
    • A dipole in electric field
  4. Gauss’ Law-Two Lectures
    • Introduction to Gauss’ law
    • Flux
    • Flux of an electric field
    • Gauss’ Law and its applications
    • Gauss’ law and Coulombs’ Law
    • Applying Gauss’ law to Cylindrical Symmetry
    • Applying Gauss’ law to Planner Symmetry
    • Applying Gauss’ law to Spherical Symmetry
  5. Electric Potential-Four Lectures
    • Introduction to electric potential
    • Electric potential energy
    • Electric potential
    • Calculating the potential from the field
    • Potential due to a point charge
    • Potential due to group of charges
    • Potential due to an electric dipole
    • Potential due to continuous charge distribution
  6. Capacitance- Three Lectures
    • Introduction to capacitance
    • Calculating the capacitance
    • Capacitors in parallel and series
    • Energy stored in an electric field
    • Capacitors with dielectric
    • Dielectric and Gauss’ Law
  7. Current and Resistance- Two Lectures
    • Introduction to electric current
    • Current density
    • Resistance and Resistivity
    • Ohm’s Law
    • Power in electric circuits
    • Semiconductors and super conductors
  8. Circuits-Three Lectures
    • Introduction to electric circuits
    • Pumping charges
    • Calculating the current in single loop circuit
    • Work, energy and EMF
    • Multi loop circuits
    • The RC Circuits
    • The ammeter and voltmeter
  9. Magnetic Fields- Four Lectures
    • Introduction to magnetic fields
    • What produce magnetic field
    • The Hall effect
    • A circulating charge particle
    • Magnetic force on a current carrying wire
    • Torque on a current loop
  10. Motion in 1-D, 2-D and 3-D-Two Lectures
    • Position, velocity and acceleration
    • Projectile motion
    • Simple Harmonic Motion
  11. Newton’s Law and its applications-Two Lectures
    • Newton’s Law
    • Applying Newton’s law
    • Friction
    • Drag Force and terminal velocity