 Learning objectives
After passing the course, the student has understanding of:
 the concepts of electrostatics and can reason and calculate with these. The concepts are: charge, electrical field, electrostatic potential, Coulomb’s law, Gauss law, conductors and isolators.
 the concepts capacitance, capacitor, dielectric, electrical permittivity, electric dipole and electrostatic energy and can reason and calculate with these.
 the concepts current, resistor, resistivity, dissipated power and electromotive force (emf) and can reason and calculate with these.
 the concepts of magnetostatics and can reason and calculate with these. The concepts are: magnetic field, Lorentz force, BiotSavart law, loop current, magnetic dipole moment, magnetic torque, magnetostatic energy, Ampère's law, magnetization, magnetic permeability, dia/para/ferromagnetism.
 geometric optics and can draw and calculate using geometric optics in a paraxial approach and apply it to optical systems (camera, the eye and a lens).
 the general wave description of light and can calculate the interference pattern and Fraunhofer diffraction for simple geometries in the farfield approximation and the Rayleigh criterion.
 polarization and can perform simple calculations on polarization systems, as well as show insight in the physical mechanisms of several polarizer.
 the general optical performance of a microscope, and can perform simple calculations and explain the concepts. Important concepts are: numerical aperture, resolution, Köhler illumination, phasecontrast microscopy.
 Content
Many biomedical measurement techniques are based on electric, magnetic and/or optical effects. Furthermore, in the human body several processes take place that find their origin in electric and optical phenomena, for example nerve conduction, electrical activation of the heart, and human sight.
This course will concentrate on the physical background of electrical, magnetic and optical phenomena. Applications in the field of biomedical engineering will be given as examples. Lectures will be complemented by demonstrations, exercises and examinations.
The following topics will be treated: electrostatics, the electric field, electric potential, capacitors, current and resistance, the magnetic field. Within optics the following will be treated: geometrical optics, optical instruments (incl. the eye), interference, diffraction, polarization, microscopy.
 Entrance requirementsEntrance requirements tests Assumed previous knowledge• 2WBB0  Calculus variant B (recommended) • 8VB40  Systems in time and space (recommended)  Previous knowledge can be gained byResources for self studyShort promotional description of the course 
In dit vak wordt ingegaan op de natuurkundige achtergrond van elektrische, magnetische, en optische verschijnselen. Er zullen colleges worden gegeven inclusief demonstraties, opgaven, en toetsen. De nadruk ligt niet op mathematische compleetheid, maar meer op breedte van de kennis die wordt opgedaan, het verkrijgen van inzicht, het kunnen redeneren rond een probleemstelling, en het kunnen afleiden van formules. 
Short promotional description of the course 
This course deals with the physical background of electrical, magnetic and optical phenomena. Applications in the field of biomedical engineering will be given as examples. Lectures will be complemented with demonstrations, exercises and examinations. 
Bachelor College or Graduate School 
  Required materialsRecommended materialsSears and Zemansky's University Physics, 13th or 14th edition, Young and Freedman, ISBN13: 9780321762184; ISBN10: 0321762185 
 Instructional modesTutorial GeneralLectures include demonstrations and examinations. Remark 
 TestsWritten examinationTest weight   100 
Minimum grade   6 
Test type   Final examination 
Number of opportunities   2 
Opportunities   Block 2, Block 3 
Test duration in minutes    
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