Schedule for Readings, Lectures

Notes: All of the reading assignments also appear as WebAssign assignments. You can either follow these links, or go to WebAssign and do the corresponding assignment. Some WebAssign problems simply take you to the page you need to read and involve no credit; others have follow-up questions you must answer to get the points. Reading assignments are due at 11:59 pm the night before each lecture.


Week 1

Lect 1 --
Lect 2 6.4.1 Energy at the sub-molecular level
6.4.2 Atomic and Molecular forces

Week 2

Lect 3 Interlude 2: The Micro to Macro Connection
7. Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
7.1 Kinetic theory: the ideal gas law
7.2 The 1st law of thermodynamics
7.2.1 Organizing the idea of energy
Lect 4 7.2.2 Enthalpy
7.2.3 Thermodynamic equilibrium and equipartition
7.3.1 The 2nd law of thermodynamics: a probabilistic law

Week 3

Lect 5 7.3 The 2nd law of thermodynamics
7.3.2 Implications of the second law of thermodynamics: entropy Why entropy is logarithmic Consequences of the second law of thermodynamics A way to think about entropy -- sharing
Lect 6 Entropy and heat flow Motivating the Gibbs free energy Gibbs free energy

Week 4

Lect 7 Boltzmann distribution Boltzmann distribution and Gibbs free energy
4.2.4 Electric forces Charge and the structure of matter
Lect 8 Polarization Coulomb's law Coulomb's law -- vector character Reading the content in Coulomb's law The electric field

Week 5

Lect 9 8.1 The electric field
8.1.1 The concept of field (technical)
8.1.2 Making sense of the idea of field
Energy sharing model
Lect 10


Week 6

Lect 11 8.2 The electric potential A simple electric model: a line of charge Line charge integral (technical) A simple electric model: a sheet of charge
Lect 12 8.4.2 The capacitor

Week 7

Lect 13 8.5 Electric current
8.5.1 Quantifying electric current
8.5.2 Resistive electric flow: Ohm's law
8.5.3 Ways to think about current: A toolbox of models
Lect 14 8.5.4 Kirchoff's principles
8.5.5 Electrical energy and power

Week 8

Lect 15 8.3.1 Screening of electrical interactions in salt solution Debye length
8.3.2 Nernst potential
Lect 16 9. Oscillations and Waves
9.1 Harmonic Oscillation
9.1.1 Mass on a spring Hanging mass on a spring The pendulum

Week 9

Lect 17 9.1.2 Damped Oscillators Damped oscillators - the math (technical)
9.1.3 Driven harmonic oscillators: resonance
9.1.5 Quantum Oscillators -- discrete states
Lect 18 9.2 Waves in 1D
9.2.1 Waves on an elastic string
9.2.2 Wave pulses Propagating a wave pulse - the math

Week 10 


Week 11

Lect 19 9.2.3 Wave speed
9.2.4 Superposition of waves in 1D
Lect 20


Week 12

Lect 21 9.2.5 Sinusoidal waves
Lect 22 10 Three models of light

Week 13

Lect 23 10.1 The ray model of light
10.1.1 Basic principles of the ray model
Lect 24 10.1.2 Flat mirrors
10.1.3 Curved mirrors Curved mirror equations
10.1.4 Lenses

Week 14

Lect 25 Lens equations
Lect 26 10.2 The wave model of light
10.2.1 Electromagnetic radiation and Maxwell's rainbow
10.2.3 Two-slit interference

Week 15

Lect 27 10.2.4 Diffraction Interference from two wide slits
Lect 28 10.3 The photon model of light
10.3.1 Basic principles of the photon model Reconciling the wave and photon model - sort of

Week 16

Lect 29 10.4 Color and light
10.5.1 Visual implications
Lect 30 ---

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