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.

ClassReading

Week 1

Lect 1 --
Lect 2 --

Week 2

Lect 3

4.2.4 Electric forces
4.2.4.1 
Charge and the structure of matter
4.2.4.2 Polarization
4.2.4.3 Coulomb's law
4.2.4.3.1 Coulomb's law -- vector character
4.2.4.3.2 Reading the content in Coulomb's law
4.2.4.4 The electric field

Lect 4 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

Week 3

Lect 5

Chapter.Section 17.5 Giordano (on Blackboard)

Chapter.Sections 18.1 - 18.2 Giordano (on Blackboard)

8.2 The electric potential
8.2.1.1 A simple electric model: a line of charge
8.2.1.1.1 Line charge integral (technical)
8.2.1.2 A simple electric model: a sheet of charge

Lect 6

Chapter.Section 18.4 Giordano (on Blackboard)

8.4.2 The capacitor

Week 4

Lect 7

Chapter.Section 19.1 Giordano (on Blackboard)

Chapter.Section 19.3 Giordano (on Blackboard)

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 8

Chapter.Section 19.4 Giordano (on Blackboard)

8.5.4 Kirchoff's principles

Week 5

Lect 9

8.5.5 Electrical energy and power

Lect 10

Chapter.Section 11.1-11.3 Giordano (on BlackBoard)

9. Oscillations and Waves
9.1 Harmonic Oscillation
9.1.1 Mass on a spring
9.1.1.1 Hanging mass on a spring
9.1.1.2 The pendulum

Week 6

Lect 11

9.1.2 Damped Oscillators
9.1.2.1 Damped oscillators - the math (technical)
9.1.3 Driven harmonic oscillators: resonance
9.1.5 Quantum Oscillators -- discrete states

Lect 12

MIDTERM 1

Week 7

Lect 13

9.2 Waves in 1D
9.2.1 Waves on an elastic string
9.2.2 Wave pulses
9.2.2.1 Propagating a wave pulse - the math

Lect 14

9.2.3 Wave speed
9.2.4 Superposition of waves in 1D

Week 8

Lect 15 9.2.5 Sinusoidal waves
Lect 16 10 Three models of light

Week 9

Lect 17

Chapter.Sections 24.3 to 24.5 Giordano (on Blackboard)

10.1 The ray model of light
10.1.1 Basic principles of the ray model


Lect 18

10.1.2 Flat mirrors
10.1.3 Curved mirrors
10.1.3.1 Curved mirror equations
10.1.4 Lenses

Week 10 

Spring Break
Spring Break

Week 11

Lect 19 10.1.4.1 Lens equations
Lect 20

MIDTERM 2

Week 12

Lect 21 10.2 The wave model of light
10.2.1 Electromagnetic radiation and Maxwell's rainbow
10.2.3 Two-slit interference
Lect 22 10.2.4 Diffraction
10.2.4.1 Interference from two wide slits

Week 13

Lect 23

10.3 The photon model of light
10.3.1 Basic principles of the photon model
10.3.1.1 Reconciling the wave and photon model - sort of

Lect 24 10.4 Color and light
10.5.1 Visual implications

Week 14

Lect 25 6.4.1 Energy at the sub-molecular level 
6.4.2 Atomic and Molecular forces
Lect 26 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

Week 15

Lect 27 7.2.2 Enthalpy
7.2.3 Thermodynamic equilibrium and equipartition
7.3.1 The 2nd law of thermodynamics: a probabilistic law
Lect 28 7.3 The 2nd law of thermodynamics
7.3.2 Implications of the second law of thermodynamics: entropy
7.3.2.1 Why entropy is logarithmic
7.3.2.2 Consequences of the second law of thermodynamics
7.3.2.3 A way to think about entropy -- sharing

Week 16

Lect 29 7.3.2.4 Entropy and heat flow
7.3.3.1 Motivating the Gibbs free energy
7.3.3.2 Gibbs free energy
Lect 30

7.3.4.1 Boltzmann distribution
7.3.4.2 Boltzmann distribution and Gibbs free energy

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