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.


Class Reading

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
7.2.1Organizing the idea of energy
Lect 4 7.2.2Enthalpy
7.2.3Thermodynamic equilibrium and equipartition
7.3.1The 2nd law of thermodynamics: a probabilistic law

Week 3

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

Week 4

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

Week 5

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


Week 6

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

Week 7

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

Week 8

Lect 15 8.3.1Screening of electrical interactions in salt solution length
8.3.2Nernst potential

Week 9

Lect 16 9.Oscillations and Waves
9.1Harmonic Oscillation
9.1.1Mass on a spring mass on a spring pendulum
Lect 17 9.1.2Damped Oscillators oscillators - the math (technical)
9.1.3Driven harmonic oscillators: resonance
9.1.5Quantum Oscillators -- discrete states

Week 10 

Lect 18 9.2Waves in 1D
9.2.1Waves on an elastic string
9.2.2Wave pulses a wave pulse - the math
Lect 19 9.2.3Wave speed
9.2.4Superposition of waves in 1D

Week 11

Lect 20


Lect 21 9.2.5Sinusoidal waves
9.3.1The nature of sound
9.3.2Analyzing sounds

Week 12

Lect 22 10Three models of light
Lect 23 10.1The ray model of light
10.1.1Basic principles of the ray model

Week 13

Lect 24 10.1.2Flat mirrors
10.1.3Curved mirrors mirror equations
Lect 25 equations

Week 14

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

Week 15

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

Week 16

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

Edited by K. P. Ritchie June 2016