Spring 2018

 

 
  Date
Discussion Topics and Reading
PHYS 256 Labs
M 1/22
motion, position/time [1.1 - 1.3, 1.7]
intro to measurement, uncertainty, and error analysis
W 1/24
velocity, acceleration, estimation [1.4 - 1.6, 1.8]
R 1/25
uniform motion; instantaneous velocity; derivatives [2.1, 2.2]
F 1/26
position from velocity, motion with constant acceleration [2.3, 2.4]
M 1/29
free fall [2.5]
position/velocity diagrams; sonic ranger
W 1/31
motion on incline; instantaneous acceleration [2.6 - 2.7]
R 2/01
properties of vectors; coordinate systems [3.1 - 3.4]
F 2/02
acceleration; 2D kinematics [4.1 - 4.2]
M 2/05
projectile motion [4.3]
linking acceleration to x(t) and v(t)
W 2/07
reference frames [4.4]
R 2/08
circular motion [4.5, 4.6]
F 2/09
angular acceleration [4.7]
M 2/12
forces [5.1 5.4]
free fall dynamics
T 2/13
Test 1 [Ch. 1, 2, 3, & 4]
W 2/14
Newton's Laws; free-body diagrams [5.5 - 5.7]
R 2/15
equilibrium; Newton's 2nd Law; mass vs. weight [6.1 - 6.3]
F 2/16
friction and drag [6.4, 6.5]
M 2/19
applying Newton's 2nd Law [6.6]
forces and acceleration
W 2/21
interacting objects; Newton's 3rd Law [7.1 - 7.3]
R 2/22
ropes and pulleys [7.4, 7.5]
F 2/23
two dimensional dynamics; uniform circular motion; orbits [8.1 - 8.4]
M 2/26
nonuniform circular motion [8.5]

Archimedes' principle

W 2/28
momentum and impulse; conservation of momentum [9.1 - 9.3]
R 3/01
inelastic collisions [9.5 - 9.6]
F 3/02
momentum in two dimensions [9.5 - 9.6]
M 3/05
kinetic and potential energy [10.1 - 10.3]
friction
T 3/06
Test 2 [Ch. 5, 6, 7, 8, & 9]
W 3/07
elastic potential energy [10.4 - 10.5]
R 3/08
Hooke's Law [10.5 - 10.6]
F 3/09
elastic collisons [10.7]
M 3/19
work [11.1 - 11.3]
momentum and energy during collisions
W 3/21
work done by a variable force; thermal energy [11.4 - 11.7]
R 3/22
conservation of energy; power
F 3/23
rotational motion about the center of mass [12.1, 12.2]
M 3/26
moment of inertia, torque and rotational dynamics [12.4 - 12.6]
conservation of energy
W 3/28
rotation about a fixed axis; static equilibrium [12.7 - 12.8]
R 3/29
rolling motion; angular momentum [12.9 - 12.11]
F 3/30
Newton's law of gravity [13.1 - 13.4]
M 4/02
gravitational potential energy; orbits [13.5, 13.6]
rotational dynamics
W 4/04
oscillations [14.1, 14.2]
R 4/05
energy and dynamics of simple harmonic motion [14.3, 14.4]
F 4/06
applications of simple harmonic motion [14.5, 14.6]
M 4/09
damped oscillations; driven oscillations [14.7, 14.8]
simple harmonic motion
T 4/10
Test 3 [Ch. 10, 11, 12, 13, & 14]
W 4/11
fluids; pressure [15.1 - 15.3]
R 4/12
buoyancy [15.4]
F 4/13
Bernoulli's equation [15.5]
M 4/16
Stress; Strain [15.6]
damped harmonic motion; consideration of air resistance
W 4/18
phases of matter; temperature; phase changes [16.1 - 16.4]
R 4/19
ideal gas processes [16.5 - 16.6]
F 4/20
choosing the constant
M 4/23
thermodynamics; heat; work [17.1 - 17.3]
thermal cycle: closed quasi-static processes
W 4/25
first law of thermodynamics [17.4]
R 4/26
specific heat; heat transfer [17.5 - 17.8]
F 4/27
statistical mechanics [18.1 - 18.5]
M 4/30
order, disorder, and entropy [18.6]
Lab Final
T 5/01
Test 4 [Ch. 15, 16, 17, & 18]
W 5/02
ideal heat engines and refrigerators [19.1 - 19.4]
R 5/03
irreversibility; efficiency; Carnot cycle [19.5, 19.6]
F 5/04
Problem Solving: how to identify the concept to use
R 5/10
Final Exam 8:00-10:00