Get Started with Course 1: Electric Charges and Fields


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Electric Charges and Fields (Course 1)

Upon completion, learners will understand how mathematical laws and conservation principles describe fields and how these fields are related to electrical circuits. Each of the modules contains reading links to a free textbook, complete video lectures, conceptual quizzes, and a set of homework problems. Once the modules are completed, the course ends with an exam. This comprehensive course is similar in detail and rigor to those taught on-campus at Rice. It will thoroughly prepare learners for their upcoming introductory physics courses or more advanced courses in physics.

Who should attend:

  • Working engineers who want to brush up on physics concepts like electric and magnetic forces, circuits, and more
  • Learners preparing for a college-level physics course on electricity and magnetism
  • People interested in the complexity of electric and magnetic fields

You will be able to:

  • Calculate the force on a charge using Coulomb’s Law
  • Use forces from electric fields and Newton’s laws to solve particle kinematics
  • Calculate charges and fields for symmetric problems using Gauss’s Law


Lecture sample image for Intro to Mechanics
Lecture sample image for Intro to Mechanics
Lecture sample image for Intro to Mechanics


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Professor Jason Hafner

Jason Hafner earned his Ph.D. from Rice University in 1998 under Richard Smalley for work on carbon nanotubes, and pursued postdoctoral studies at Harvard University. He returned to Rice in 2001 to join the faculty where his lab studies nanophotonics and interfacial biology. Hafner was named a Beckman Young Investigator in 2002, and won the Norman Hackerman Award for Chemical Research from the Welch Foundation in 2011. He is currently a Professor of Physics and Astronomy and of Chemistry.

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