PHY 131 Course Schedule: Spring 2017

Homework assignments are posted on www.masteringphysics.com, be sure to check there for due dates. The homework is generally due at midnight on Sunday. The lecture schedule may be updated slightly as the classroom discussion progresses.

Monday Wednesday Friday Notes Reading for the Week Lectures for HW due following week
1: Jan 23 (9:00am) --
Introduction to PHY 131, Order of Magnitude Estimates, System of Units
2: Jan 25 (9:00am) --
Dimensional Analysis, Reference Frames, Inertial Frame, Acclerating Frame
3: Jan 27 (9:00am) --
Vocabulary for Physics, Position, Differential Calculus, Velocity, Average Velocity, Relative Velocity, Acceleration
No recitations 1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 1-4, 1-5, 1-6, 1-7, 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-4 L1 L2 L3
4: Jan 30 (9:00am) --
Constant Acceleration, Integral Calculus, Velocity vs Time, Position vs Time, Velocity vs Position
5: Feb 01 (9:00am) --
Problem Solving, Free Fall, Vectors, Scalars and Vector Magnitude
6: Feb 03 (9:00am) --
Unit Vectors, Vector Representations, Magnitude, Addition, Subtraction, Vector Kinematics
Quiz on L1 to L3 2-5, 2-6, 2-7, 2-7, 2-8, 3-1, 3-2, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6 L3 L4
7: Feb 06 (9:00am) --
More Vector Kinematics, Acceleration from Gravity, Projectile Motion
8: Feb 08 (9:00am) --
Inertia: Lack of Acceleration, Newton's First Law, Force: Cause of Acceleration, Inertial Mass
9: Feb 10 (9:00am) --
Newton's Second Law, Newton's Third Law, Free Body Diagrams, Tension, Gravity at Earth's Surface
Quiz on L3 to L4 3-7, 3-8, 3-9, 4-1, 4-2, 4-3, 4-4, 4-5, 4-5, 4-6 L4 L5 L6
10: Feb 13 (9:00am) --
More Tension, Atwood's Machine (massless pulley), Spring Force, Hanging Scale, Contact Force, Frictionless Incline
Feb 15 (9:00am) --
Exam I: Lectures 1 to 8
11: Feb 17 (9:00am) --
Friction, Incline with Friction, Circular Motion, Centripetal Force, Banked Curve, Gravity,
Quiz on L4 to L6 4-7, 4-8, 5-1, 5-2, 5-6, 5-3, 5-4, 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 6-6 L7 L8 L9
12: Feb 20 (9:00am) --
Vector Inner Product (Dot Product), Definition of Work, Units of Work, Work by a Spring, Kinetic Energy from Work, Work-Energy Principle
13: Feb 22 (9:00am) --
Conservative and Nonconservative Forces, Force and Potential Energy, Mechanical Energy Conservation
14: Feb 24 (9:00am) --
Energy Conservation with Nonconservative Forces, Energy Conservation and Noether's Theorem, Definition of Power, Calculation with Power
Quiz on L7 to L9 7-1, 7-2, 7-3, 7-4, 8-1, 8-2, 8-3, 8-4, 8-5, 8-6, 8-7, 8-8 L10 L11 L12
15: Feb 27 (9:00am) --
Potential Energy Diagrams, Stable and Unstable Equilibrium, Momentum, Energy and Momentum
16: Mar 01 (9:00am) --
Conservation of Momentum, Impulse, Collisions, Elastic Collissions
17: Mar 03 (9:00am) --
Inelastic Collisions and Thermal Energy, Center of Mass and Translational Motion, Variable Mass Systems (Rocket Propulsion)
Quiz on L10 to L12; Last week to transfer to PHY 125 8-9, 9-1, 9-2, 9-3, 9-4, 9-5, 9-7, 9-6, 9-8, 9-9 L13 L14 L15
18: Mar 06 (9:00am) --
Rotation, Definition of an Angle, Angular Position, Angular Velocity, Angular Acceleration, Torque, Moment of Inertia
19: Mar 08 (9:00am) --
Vector Cross Product, Angular Quantities as Vectors, Constant Angular Acceleration
20: Mar 10 (9:00am) --
Torque as a Vector, Moment of Inertia, Parallel Axis Theorem, Rotational Kinetic Energy
Quiz on L13 to L15 10-1, 10-3, 10-4, 11-2, 10-2, 10-4, 10-5, 10-6, 10-7, 10-8, 10-9 L16 L17 L18
Mar 13 --
Spring Break
Mar 15 --
Spring Break
Mar 17 --
Spring Break
21: Mar 20 (9:00am) --
Rotational Dynamics, Rolling without Slipping, Momentum around a fixed Axis
22: Mar 22 (9:00am) --
Conservation of Angular Momentum, Atwood's Machine (massive pulley) Rotating Reference Frames and Fictitious Forces
23: Mar 24 (9:00am) --
Mass on a Horizontal Spring (Frictionless), Mass Hanging from a Spring, Simple Harmonic Motion
Quiz on L16 to L18 10-9, 11-1, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6, 11-8, 14-1, 14-2 L19 L20 L21
24: Mar 27 (9:00am) --
Energy in a Simple Harmonic Oscillator, Simple Pendulum, Damped Harmonic Motion
Mar 29 (9:00am) --
Exam II: Lectures 1 to 22
25: Mar 31 (9:00am) --
Transition: Continuous Materials vs. Point Particles, Rigid Objects, Static Equilibrium with Forces, Static Equilibrium with Torque, Static Equilibrium with Force and Torque, Elasticity and Hooke's Law
Quiz on L19 to L21 14-3, 14-4, 14-5, 14-7, 12-1, 12-2, 12-3, 12-4, 13-1 L22 L23 L24
26: Apr 03 (9:00am) --
Phases of Matter, Density, Pressure in Static Fluids, Pascal's Principle, Absolute vs Gauge Pressure
27: Apr 05 (9:00am) --
Fluid Dynamics, Types of Fluid Flow, Flow Rate, Equation of Continuity, Bernoulli's Equation
28: Apr 07 (9:00am) --
Elasticity in Fluids, Consequence of Elasticity (Waves), Characteristics of Wave Motion
Quiz on L22 to L24 13-2, 13-3, 13-4, 13-5, 13-6, 13-8, 13-9, 12-4 (again), 15-1, 15-2 L25 L26 L27
29: Apr 10 (9:00am) --
Velocity of a Wave on a Wire, The Wave Equation, Solutions to the Wave Equation
30: Apr 12 (9:00am) --
Energy Transport, Superposition Principle, Standing Waves
31: Apr 14 (9:00am) --
Temperature and Temperature Scales, Thermal Equilibrium, Thermal Expansion, Systems and Environments
Quiz on L25 to L27 15-4, 15-5, 15-3, 15-6, 15-9, 17-2, 17-3, 17-4 L28 L29 L30
32: Apr 17 (9:00am) --
Atomic Theory of Matter, Macroscopic and Microscopic State, Ideal Gas Law as Macroscopic Equation of State
33: Apr 19 (9:00am) --
Kinetic Theory of Gas, Beginnings of Equipartition Theorem, RMS Velocity, Definition of Temperature
34: Apr 21 (9:00am) --
Internal (Thermal) Energy of a Gas, Energy Conservation with Internal Energy, Maxwell Distribution of Speeds, Calculation with the Maxwell Distribution
Quiz on L28 to L30 17-1, 17-7, 17-8, 18-1, 19-2, 18-2 L31 L32 L33 L34
35: Apr 24 (9:00am) --
Internal Energy of Liquids and Solids, Equipartition of Energy, Specific Heat, Phase Changes, Latent Heat, Calorimetry using Energy Conservation
36: Apr 26 (9:00am) --
First Law of Thermodynamics from Energy Conservation, Thermodynamic Processes, Work During Volume Changes, The Isothermal Process, Isothermal Expansion of a Gas
37: Apr 28 (9:00am) --
The Adiabatic Process, Molar Specific Heat of a Gas, Adiabatic Expansion of a Gas
Quiz on L31 to L34 (read 19-1), 19-2, 19-3, 19-4, 19-5, 19-6, 19-7, 19-8, 19-9 L35 L36 L37 L38
38: May 01 (9:00am) --
Introduction to Second Law Of Thermodynamics, Heat Engines, Efficiency of Heat Engine, The Second Law from Kelvin-Planck
39: May 03 (9:00am) --
Reversible and Nonreversible (Real) Processes, An Ideal Heat Engine (Carnot), Efficiency of a Carnot Engine, Definition of Entropy
40: May 05 (9:00am) --
Entropy as a State Variable, Second Law with Entropy, Statistical Interpretation of Entropy
Quiz on L34 to L39 20-1, 20-2, 20-3, 20-5, 20-6, 20-7, 20-9, 20-10 L39 L40 L41 L42
May 08 --
Reading Day
May 10 (9:00am) --
Final Exam, 20:30 to 23:00

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