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2023-2024 Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus for Physics

Pshysics Syllabus: Homework, Reading Assignments, Discussion Topics, and Labs

This syllabus is for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. The syllabus for 2024-2025 will be available June 1, 2024

Use the Links in the Homework column to find your textbook reading, study activity, and lab assignments. Check the Moodle for problems due for Monday and Wednesday chat session discussions. Homework is due on the date given, unless otherwise stated in the assignment.

1Sep 5, 2023IntroductionLab Work Overview
2Sep 7, 2023HW011: 1-8Basic Methods of ObservationEqual Arm Balance/Density
4Sep 12, 2023HW02A2: 1-5Motion in One DimensionFalling Bodies 1
5Sep 14, 2023HW02B2: 6-8Constant AccelerationFalling Bodies 2
6Sep 19, 2023HW03A3: 1-4Vectors
7Sep 21, 2023HW03B3: 5-8Motion in Two DimensionsProjectiles Challenge
8Sep 26, 2023HW04A4: 1-4Forces: Newton's 1st and 2nd LawsForce Vectors: Force Table
9Sep 28, 2023HW04B4: 5-7Forces: Newton's Third LawIntertial vs. Gravitational Mass
10Oct 3, 2023HW04C4: 8Forces: applicationsForce Vectors: Inclined Planes #1 (Frictionless)
11Oct 5, 2023HW05A5: 1-3Uniform Circular Motion; GravityCentripetal Force
12Oct 10, 2023HW05B5: 4-7Gravitation and WeightlessnessPendulum 1
13Oct 12, 2023HW05C5: 8-10Kepler's lawsPendulum 2
14Oct 17, 2023HW06A6: 1-4Work and EnergyInclined Planes and Friction
15Oct 19, 2023HW06B6: 5-7Conservation and Non-Conservative ForcesSpring Constant
16Oct 24, 2023HW06C6: 8-10Conservation of EnergyAtwook's machine
17Oct 26, 2023HW07A7: 1-4MomentumCollision Kinematics 1
18Oct 31, 2023HW07B7: 5-10Elastic and Inelastic CollisionsCollision Kinematics 2
19Nov 2, 2023HW08A8: 1-3Angular Motion and accelerationTorsion Pendulum 1
20Nov 7, 2023HW08B8: 4-6Rotational DynamicsTorsion Pendulum 2
21Nov 9, 2023HW08C8: 7-9Rotational Kinetic energyRolling bodies (Galileo exp)
22Nov 14, 2023HW09A9: 1-4Static EquilibriumEquilibrium
23Nov 16, 2023HW09B9: 5-7Elasticity, Stress, and StrainStructural Integrity
24Nov 21, 2023HW10A10: 1-7Fluid Dynamics
25Nov 23, 2023Thanksgiving
26Nov 28, 2023HW10B10: 8-14Buoyancy and ViscosityBernoulli's Principle
27Nov 30, 2023HW11A11: 1-6Simple Harmonic MotionSpring Oscillation
28Dec 5, 2023HW11B11: 7-16Wave MotionStanding Waves
29Dec 7, 2023HW12A12: 1-9SoundSpeed of Sound
30Dec 12, 2023HW13A13: 1-5Thermal EquilibriumThermal Expansion
31Dec 14, 2023HW13B13: 6-13Ideal Gas LawGas Volumes
32Dec 19, 2023HW14A14: 1-4Specific HeatSpecific Heat
33Dec 21, 2023HW14B14: 5-8Heat TransferCalorimetry
Dec 26, 2023ChristmasNo Class
Dec 28, 2023ChristmasNo Class
Jan 2, 2024New YearNo Class
Jan 4, 2024New YearNo Class
33Jan 9, 2024HW15A15: 1-4Laws of ThermodynamicsAdiabatic Changes
34Jan 11, 2024HW15B15: 5-6Heat Engines and WorkJoule's Experiment
35Jan 16, 2024HW15C15: 7-12EntropyStatistical Implications
36Jan 18, 2024REVIEW
37Jan 23, 2024HW16A16: 1-6Electrical ChargeElectric Force
38Jan 25, 2024HW16B16: 7-12The Electric FieldElectroscope
39Jan 30, 2024HW17A17: 1-6Electric PotentialSimple Circuit 1: Series Circuits
40Feb 1, 2024HW17B17: 7-11Electrical Capacitance and EnergySimple Circuit 2: Parallel Circuits
41Feb 6, 2024HW18A18: 1-6Electrical Power and Direct Current
42Feb 8, 2024HW18B18: 7-10Alternating CurrentSimple Circuit 3: Kirchhoff's Rules/Electric Circuit 2
43Feb 13, 2024HW19A19: 1-4DC Circuits and EMFsInternal Resistance
44Feb 15, 2024HW19B19: 5-8RC CircuitsCircuits with Capacitors
45Feb 20, 2024HW20A20: 1-4Magnetic FieldsMap a Magnetic Field
46Feb 22, 2024HW20B20: 5-12Ampere's Law
47Feb 27, 2024HW21A21: 1-5InductionElectric Motor
48Feb 29, 2024HW21B21: 8-15Transformers and LRC Circuits
49Mar 5, 2024HW22A22: 1-7Electromagnetic Waves
50Mar 7, 2024HW23A23: 1-5Light and ReflectionSpeed of Light
51Mar 12, 2024HW23B23: 6-10Lenses and RefractionReflection
52Mar 14, 2024HW24A24: 1-5Light: Waves and ParticlesRefraction
53Mar 19, 2024HW24B24: 6-12Diffraction and PolarizationYoung's Experiment
54Mar 21, 2024HW25A25: 1-6Optical Instruments: MagnificationThin Film Interference
55Mar 26, 2024Holy WeekNo Class
56Mar 28, 2024Holy WeekNo Class
Apr 2, 2024HW25B25: 7-12Optical Instruments: ResolutionTelescope
Apr 4, 2024HW26A26: 1-5Special RelativityGPS Relativity
57Apr 9, 2024HW26B26: 6-11Mass and Energy
58Apr 11, 2024HW27A27: 1-6Early Quantum MechanicsCHALLENGE LAB: Black Body radiation
59Apr 16, 2024HW27B27: 7-13Wave-Partical DualitySpectrometry
60Apr 18, 2024HW28A28: 1-6Quantum Mechanics
61Apr 23, 2024HW28B28: 7-12Quantum NumbersDemonstration Lab: Photoelectric effect
62Apr 25, 2024HW29A29: AllMolecules and SolidsWave Nature of Light
63Apr 30, 2024HW30A30: 1-7Radioactivity
64May 2, 2024HW30B30: 8-13Decay and half-livesCHALLENGE LAB: Geiger Counter
65May 7, 2024HW31A31: 1-4Nuclear Fission and FusionCHALLENGE LAB: Hadron Collider Data
66May 9, 2024HW31B31: 5-9Practical uses for RadiationCHALLENGE LAB: Cloud Chamber
67May 14, 2024HW32A32: 1-7Elementary Particles
68May 16, 2024HW32B32: 8-12Strange Particles and Quarks
69May 21, 2024HW33A33: 1-10Astrophysics
70May 23, 2024REVIEW
71May 28, 2024Memorial Day Holiday
72May 30, 2024Planning for Summer LAB completions