Physics III


Theoretical lectures are designed toward the understanding of laws and concepts of Physics (Electromagnetism) and their application to the resolution of real problems. In laboratory classes, emphasis is given to the experimental methods of Physics, to metrology and scientific reporting.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Gregoire Marie Jean Bonfait


Weekly - 4

Total - 54

Teaching language



Vontade de aprender


1) Recommended textbook and the basis of the theoretical classes:

        Halliday''s “Fundamentals of Physics”, Resnick and Walker,

2) Many applet-like animations and simulations that help to visualize and / or perceive phenomena linked to electromagnetism (and not only) are available on the Internet. See in particular: 

3) Other links may be indicated by teachers during the semester.

Teaching method

The curricular unit is divided into a theoretical component, a problem solving component and a practical part (Laboratory). The theoretical classes will be taught in two weekly sessions (1 h + 1h30) and the problem solving component in one weekly hour.

The practical classes, given in four sessions of two hours, are dedicated to highlight some processes related to electromagnetism with the objective of verifying phenomena and physical processes described in the theoretical classes. They are also used in the handling of "usual" apparatuses (Oscilloscope, multimeter, voltage sources ...).

The practical part is evaluated (50% of the final grade) based on the student''s performance in class and a brief report delivered at the end of the class. The theoretical evaluation (concepts and resolution of exercises, 50% of the final grade) is evaluated with two tests or with final exam.

Evaluation method


The teaching structure of F3 classes has been slightly changed this year compared to the last years:

- Theoretical 2.5 hours (1h + 1.5 hours) dedicated to the exposure of the subject. As far as possible, of these 2.5h T, 30 minutes will be devoted to interactive question / answer sessions (further explanation in class T).

- 2 hours of practical classes, one week yes, one week no, for students without attendance (see rules below)

- 1 hour theoretical-practical devoted to solving exercises every week. TP classes are limited to 38 students. This year, students frequently obtained in previous years can enroll in any TP class within the limit of available places. Registrations - mandatory - for these TP classes are made at CLIP with the usual draw rules.

- Warning about the rule already established last year and which will have consequences next year: from the academic year 2018/19 the frequency will be valid for 2 years. Consequence: Frequencies prior to 2018/2019 will no longer be valid in the year 2020/2021.

Provisional version (08/30, 17h):

 I- F3 Rating:

PRACTICAL Component (“Frequency”)

- Students who have already passed the practical component in the past are exempt from this assessment this year. The guidelines with the indication of students with frequencies obtained in previous years will be published at the beginning of the semester. It is the student''s responsibility to verify their situation.

 - As announced last year, from the academic year 2018/19 the frequency is valid for 2 years. Thus, students with frequency before 2018/2019 will expire at the end of this academic year ...

- Practical classes for students not attending FIII are compulsory.

- During these practical classes 4 practical assignments will be performed.

- Each assignment will be assigned a grade from 0 to 5 from a mini-report delivered at the end of the class and the student''s performance during the class.

- In the absence of a practical work will correspond to a grade of “0”.

- The work of the oscilloscope is obligatory and its non accomplishment implies failure in the practical component. Anyone who predicts that they will not be able, for a reasoned reason, to attend this class will have to exchange class P with an informed colleague of the teachers involved. Those who could not predict have to look for another solution in agreement with the teacher.

- The grade of the practical component, NP, is the sum (rounded off) of the grades of the 4 practical assignments.

- Approval for the practical component will be obtained if NP ≥10.


- The evaluation of this component is based on two 1h30 tests during the semester (test grade = NT) and an appeal exam (grade = NR)

- The tests and exam will consist of a “Quizz” type question (Multiple or Numeric Answer) and a problem solving part.

- NT = (NT1 + NT) / 2, NT1 and NT2 corresponding to Test 1 and Test 2 scores respectively.


FIII Approval

- Students frequently acquired in years prior to 2019-2020:
     Approved if NT or NR ≥10
     Final grade = NT or NR

- Students frequently acquired in 2019-2020:
      Approved if NT or NR≥10
      Final grade = (NT + NP) / 2 or (NR + NP) / 2


Grade improvement

- Students who have passed the course can only improve the classification of the theoretical component.

- The final grade for improvement is calculated in the same way as the final grade calculated for approval.


II- Registration in the practical classes

- Practical classes: Pre-registration in classes P is mandatory and made in CLIP “as usual”. In the first practical class (odd and even shifts simultaneously) will be presented in detail the evaluation rules of this component, confirmed in person the enrollment in shifts made by CLIP and constituted the working groups (2 students per group).

Students absent from this first class will have their practical shift registration canceled at CLIP. At the end of these classroom registrations, shift changes may be accepted within the limit of available places: students who so wish must show up at the desired practical shift time. Other cases should be dealt with by teachers. The first weeks of classes (except the first) will be devoted to exercise resolutions. More information on this subject will be given during the first week.


- Theoretical-practical classes: TP classes are limited to 38 students. This year, students frequently obtained in previous years can enroll in any TP class within the limit of available places. Registration in the TP classes is mandatory and made in CLIP “as usual” and will obey the rules of the usual draw. For the year, repeating students will have enrollment limited to a much smaller number of classes…


II- Rules of discipline

Tests and Exams

- Registration in the tests, made through CLIP, is mandatory.

- Students may only have with them during the test writing tools, ruler, a photo ID, and a “simple” calculator (ie neither graphical nor programmable nor capable of storing files that can be considered with the aid of resolution of the test).

- Students who cheat on an assessment test fail automatically and lose their attendance if they have already obtained it.

- Other rules will eventually be specified in the week prior to the race.

 Other rules

- Punctuality: Students should be present in the room at the beginning of class. Teachers may prevent students arriving more than 5 minutes late;

- In classes T, P, and TP, mobile phones must remain switched off and stored until the end of class.

- The use of laptops and other electronic devices in the classroom is subject to teacher approval.



About these rules all…

Students should question the UC conductors about any inaccuracies in this policy and about ambiguous or misunderstood or missing rules. Common sense will, as far as possible, be privileged.

In particular:

 … It is not because it has not been explicitly prohibited that it is authorized

Subject matter

  1. Electric charge
  2. Electric field
  3. Gauss law
  4. Electric potential
  5. Capacitance
  6. Current and resistance
  7. Circuits
  8. magnetic field
  9. Magnetic fiel due to currents
  10. Induction and Inductance
  11. Magnetism of matter