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2024-2025 Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus for Physics

Pshysics Syllabus: Homework, Reading Assignments, Discussion Topics, and Labs

Use the Links in the Homework column to find your textbook reading, study activity, and lab assignments. Check the Moodle for problems due for Monday and Wednesday chat session discussions. Homework is due on the date given, unless otherwise stated in the assignment.

SessionChatHomeworkReadingTopicLab
1Sep 3, 2024IntroductionLab Work Overview
2Sep 5, 2024HW011: 1-8Basic Methods of ObservationEqual Arm Balance/Density
4Sep 10, 2024HW02A2: 1-5Motion in One DimensionFalling Bodies 1
4Sep 12, 2024HW02B2: 6-8Constant AccelerationFalling Bodies 2
5Sep 17, 2024HW03A3: 1-4Vectors
6Sep 19, 2024HW03B3: 5-8Motion in Two DimensionsProjectiles Challenge
7Sep 24, 2024HW04A4: 1-4Forces: Newton's 1st and 2nd LawsForce Vectors: Force Table
8Sep 26, 2024HW04B4: 5-7Forces: Newton's Third LawIntertial vs. Gravitational Mass
9Oct 1, 2024HW04C4: 8Forces: applicationsForce Vectors: Inclined Planes #1 (Frictionless)
10Oct 3, 2024HW05A5: 1-3Uniform Circular Motion; GravityCentripetal Force
11Oct 8, 2024HW05B5: 4-7Gravitation and WeightlessnessPendulum 1
12Oct 10, 2024HW05C5: 8-10Kepler's lawsPendulum 2
13Oct 15, 2024HW06A6: 1-4Work and EnergyInclined Planes and Friction
14Oct 17, 2024HW06B6: 5-7Conservation and Non-Conservative ForcesSpring Constant
15Oct 22, 2024HW06C6: 8-10Conservation of EnergyAtwook's machine
16Oct 24, 2024HW07A7: 1-4MomentumCollision Kinematics 1
17Oct 29, 2024HW07B7: 5-10Elastic and Inelastic CollisionsCollision Kinematics 2
18Oct 31, 2024HW08A8: 1-3Angular Motion and accelerationTorsion Pendulum 1
19Nov 5, 2024HW08B8: 4-6Rotational DynamicsTorsion Pendulum 2
20Nov 7, 2024HW08C8: 7-9Rotational Kinetic energyRolling bodies (Galileo exp)
21Nov 12, 2024HW09A9: 1-4Static EquilibriumEquilibrium
22Nov 14, 2024HW09B9: 5-7Elasticity, Stress, and StrainStructural Integrity
23Nov 19, 2024HW10A10: 1-7Fluid Dynamics
24Nov 21, 2024HW10B10: 8-14Buoyancy and ViscosityBernoulli's Principle
25Nov 26, 2024HW11A11: 1-6Simple Harmonic MotionSpring Oscillation
26Nov 28, 2024ThanksgivingNo Class
27Dec 3, 2024HW11B11: 7-16Wave MotionStanding Waves
28Dec 5, 2024HW12A12: 1-9SoundSpeed of Sound
29Dec 10, 2024HW13A13: 1-5Thermal EquilibriumThermal Expansion
30Dec 12, 2024HW13B13: 6-13Ideal Gas LawGas Volumes
31Dec 17, 2024HW14A14: 1-4Specific HeatSpecific Heat
32Dec 19, 2024HW14B14: 5-8Heat TransferCalorimetry
Dec 24, 2024ChristmasNo Class
Dec 26, 2024ChristmasNo Class
Dec 31, 2024New YearNo Class
Jan 2, 2025New YearNo Class
33Jan 7, 2025HW15A15: 1-4Laws of ThermodynamicsAdiabatic Changes
34Jan 9, 2025HW15B15: 5-6Heat Engines and WorkJoule's Experiment
35Jan 14, 2025HW15C15: 7-12EntropyStatistical Implications
36Jan 16, 2025REVIEW
37Jan 21, 2025HW16A16: 1-6Electrical ChargeElectric Force
38Jan 23, 2025HW16B16: 7-12The Electric FieldElectroscope
39Jan 28, 2025HW17A17: 1-6Electric PotentialSimple Circuit 1: Series Circuits
40Jan 30, 2025HW17B17: 7-11Electrical Capacitance and EnergySimple Circuit 2: Parallel Circuits
41Feb 4, 2025HW18A18: 1-6Electrical Power and Direct Current
42Feb 6, 2025HW18B18: 7-10Alternating CurrentSimple Circuit 3: Kirchhoff's Rules/Electric Circuit 2
43Feb 11, 2025HW19A19: 1-4DC Circuits and EMFsInternal Resistance
44Feb 13, 2025HW19B19: 5-8RC CircuitsCircuits with Capacitors
45Feb 18, 2025HW20A20: 1-4Magnetic FieldsMap a Magnetic Field
46Feb 20, 2025HW20B20: 5-12Ampere's Law
47Feb 25, 2025HW21A21: 1-5InductionElectric Motor
48Feb 27, 2025HW21B21: 8-15Transformers and LRC Circuits
49Mar 4, 2025HW22A22: 1-7Electromagnetic Waves
50Mar 6, 2025HW23A23: 1-5Light and ReflectionSpeed of Light
51Mar 11, 2025HW23B23: 6-10Lenses and RefractionReflection
52Mar 13, 2025HW24A24: 1-5Light: Waves and ParticlesRefraction
53Mar 18, 2025HW24B24: 6-12Diffraction and PolarizationYoung's Experiment
54Mar 20, 2025HW25A25: 1-6Optical Instruments: MagnificationThin Film Interference
55Mar 25, 2025HW25B25: 7-12Optical Instruments: ResolutionTelescope
56Mar 27, 2025HW26A26: 1-5Special RelativityGPS Relativity
57Apr 1, 2025HW26B26: 6-11Mass and Energy
58Apr 3, 2025HW27A27: 1-6Early Quantum MechanicsCHALLENGE LAB: Black Body radiation
59Apr 8, 2025HW27B27: 7-13Wave-Partical DualitySpectrometry
60Apr 10, 2025HW28A28: 1-6Quantum Mechanics
Apr 15, 2025Holy WeekNo Class
Apr 17, 2025Holy WeekNo Class
61Apr 22, 2025HW28B28: 7-12Quantum NumbersDemonstration Lab: Photoelectric effect
62Apr 24, 2025HW29A29: AllMolecules and SolidsWave Nature of Light
63Apr 29, 2025HW30A30: 1-7Radioactivity
64May 1, 2025HW30B30: 8-13Decay and half-livesCHALLENGE LAB: Geiger Counter
65May 6, 2025HW31A31: 1-4Nuclear Fission and FusionCHALLENGE LAB: Hadron Collider Data
66May 8, 2025HW31B31: 5-9Practical uses for RadiationCHALLENGE LAB: Cloud Chamber
67May 13, 2025HW32A32: 1-7Elementary Particles
68May 15, 2025HW32B32: 8-12Strange Particles and Quarks
69May 20, 2025HW33A33: 1-10Astrophysics
70May 22, 2025REVIEW
71May 27, 2025Memorial Day Holiday
72May 29, 2025Planning for Summer LAB completions