Fall 2017

  Date Discussion Topics and Reading PHYS 256 Labs M 8/21 No Class, total solar eclipse intro to measurement, uncertainty, and error analysis W 8/23 motion, position/time [1.1 - 1.3, 1.7] R 8/24 velocity, acceleration, estimation [1.4 - 1.6, 1.8] F 8/25 uniform motion; instantaneous velocity; derivatives [2.1, 2.2] M 8/28 position from velocity, motion with constant acceleration [2.3, 2.4] position/velocity diagrams; sonic ranger T 8/29 free fall; motion on incline; instantaneous acceleration [2.5 - 2.7] W 8/30 properties of vectors; coordinate systems [3.1 - 3.4] F 9/1 acceleration; 2D kinematics [4.1 - 4.2] M 9/4 No Class, Labor Day linking acceleration to x(t) and v(t) T 9/5 projectile motion; reference frames [4.3, 4.4] W 9/6 circular motion [4.5, 4.6] F 9/8 angular acceleration [4.7] M 9/11 forces [5.1 – 5.4] free fall dynamics T 9/12 Newton's 1st and 2nd Laws; free-body diagrams [5.5 - 5.7] W 9/13 Problem Solving R 9/14 Test 1 [Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5] F 9/15 equilibrium; applying Newton's 2nd Law; mass vs. weight [6.1 - 6.3] M 9/18 friction and drag [6.4, 6.5] forces and acceleration T 9/19 applications soved with Newton's 2nd Law [6.6] W 9/20 interacting objects; Newton's 3rd Law [7.1 - 7.3] F 9/22 ropes and pulleys [7.4, 7.5] M 9/25 two dimensional dynamics; uniform circular motion; orbits [8.1 - 8.4] measurement and floatation T 9/26 nonuniform circular motion [8.5] W 9/27 momentum and impulse; conservation of momentum [9.1 - 9.3] F 9/29 inelastic collisions; momentum in two dimensions [9.4 - 9.6] M 10/2 kinetic and potential energy [10.1 - 10.3] Fall Break T 10/3 elastic potential energy; Hooke's Law [10.4 - 10.6] W 10/4 elastic collisons, work [10.7, 11.1 - 11.3] F 10/6 No Class, Fall Break M 10/9 work done by a variable force; thermal energy [11.4 - 11.7] friction T 10/10 conservation of energy; power W 10/11 Problem Solving: whether to use force, momentum, or energy R 10/12 Test 2 [Ch. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, & 11] F 10/13 rotational motion about the center of mass [12.1, 12.2] M 10/16 rotational energy [12.3] momentum and energy during collisions T 10/17 moment of inertia, torque and rotational dynamics [12.4 - 12.6] W 10/18 rotation about a fixed axis; static equilibrium [12.7 - 12.8] F 10/20 rolling motion; angular momentum [12.9 - 12.11] M 10/23 Newton's law of gravity [13.1 - 13.4] energy conservation T 10/24 gravitational potential energy; orbits [13.5, 13.6] W 10/25 oscillations [14.1, 14.2] F 10/27 energy and dynamics of simple harmonic motion [14.3, 14.4] M 10/30 applications of simple harmonic motion [14.5, 14.6] simple harmonic motion T 10/31 damped oscillations; driven oscillations [14.7, 14.8] W 11/1 Problem Solving: applications of Newtonian mechanics R 11/2 Test 3 [Ch. 12, 13, & 14] F 11/3 fluids; pressure [15.1 - 15.3] M 11/6 buoyancy; Bernoulli's equation [15.4, 15.5] damped harmonic motion; consideration of air resistance T 11/7 phases of matter; temperature; phase changes [16.1 - 16.4] W 11/8 ideal gas processes [16.5 - 16.6] F 11/10 thermodynamics; heat; work [17.1 - 17.3] M 11/13 first law of thermodynamics [17.4] thermal cycle: closed quasi-static processes T 11/14 specific heat; heat transfer [17.5 - 17.8] W 11/15 statistical mechanics [18.1 - 18.5] F 11/17 order, disorder, and entropy [18.6] M 11/20 Problem Solving: fluids and thermodynamics Thanksgiving T 11/21 Test 4 [Ch. 15, 16, 17, & 18] W 11/22 No Class, Thanksgiving Holiday F 11/24 No Class, Thanksgiving Holiday M 11/27 turning heat into work [19.1] Lab Final T 11/28 ideal heat engines and refrigerators [19.2 – 19.4] W 11/29 irreversibility; efficiency; Carnot cycle [19.5, 19.6] F 12/2 Problem Solving: how to identify the concept to use M 12/04 Final Exam 8:00-10:00