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 10:30-12:30