Chapter 33: Electromagnetic Waves

Study Plan

As we learn about electromagnetic waves, we will consider such questions as:

  • How are the electric and magnetic fields of an electromagnetic wave related? (Section 33.3 and Example 3, page 1081; and Example 8, page 1098)
  • How does an antenna generate electromagnetic waves? What determines the size of an antenna? (Section 33.4 and Example 5, page 1088)
  • In what way is a periodic electromagnetic wave altered for AM and FM radio communications? (Physics in Practice: AM and FM Radio, page 1089)
  • How does the strength of an electromagnetic wave decrease with distance from the source? (Example 6 and Section 33.5, page 1094)

Organize

  1. Prepare for lecture by reading the assigned sections from Chapter 33 in your textbook or ebook. This will provide an organizing framework for concepts introduced in lecture, and help you take better notes.
  2. Take the checkup quiz and work the Checkup questions in your textbook to assess your understanding of basic concepts. Take note of any topics you need to review further.
  3. Review the Examples from your textbook. These progress from simple to complex, and provide concrete illustrations of the concepts discussed.

Learn

  1. Re-read Chapter 33 and review your lecture notes.
  2. Access the Online Concept Tutorials given for this chapter. Tutorials use animation and interactive exercises to help develop your understanding of fundamental topics.
    Polarization
    Sections: 33.3
  3. Use the FlashCards to test your memory for new key terms and equations.
  4. Work the end of chapter Problems and Review Problems assigned by your instructor. If your instructor has assigned SmartWork online homework, login from the right navigation pane.

Connect

  1. Throughout the text Physics in Practice boxes explore real-world applications of core concepts in specific detail. In Chapter 33 see:
    Concept in Context Physics in Practice: AM and FM Radio
  2. Physics in the News offers additional real-world physics applications, and a daily dose of science-based news.

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