Fall 2017
PHYS 255 Course Homepage - Richard Gelderman
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