Physics 8S provides an alternate pathway through the material covered by Physics 8 (electricity, magnetism, and electromagnetic waves), but beginning with a more concrete, physical approach and moving to a more abstract approach after laying an initial foundation. Physics 8S students will participate in the Physics 4 course meetings and laboratories during the first nine weeks of the semester (but not regular Phys 8 activities), which are devoted to electricity and magnetism, supplemented by once-per-week hour-long meetings with the Physics 8S instructor to apply multivariable calculus to the material covered that week in Physics 4. During the last five weeks, Physics 8S students will receive their own instruction in the remaining topics covered in Physics 8, and will participate in the Physics 8 laboratories. Physics 8S will reach the same final point as Physics 8, thereby providing equivalent preparation for Physics 112 and other advanced physics and astrophysics courses.
Physics 8S is recommended for students concurrently enrolled in multivariable calculus, and/or for those who have had very little exposure to electricity and magnetism in previous (high school) physics classes. Permission of the instructor is required to enroll in Physics 8S, so interested students should speak to the instructor before registration.
Phys 8S also has a lab; students should register for a lab section as well as the course. The weekly out-of-class meetings with the Phys 8S instructor will be scheduled after registration, taking all students' schedules into account.