Week 1, Week 2, Week 3, Week 4,

Week 5, Week 6, Week 7, Week 8,

Week 9, Week 10, Week 11, Week 12,

Week 13, Week 14, Week 15 , Week 16

Evolving Provisional Agenda

Week 1:

- August 25th

- Introduction to the class

- What is physics about?

Suggested reading:

"Ahistory of pi", Petr Beckmann, St.Martin's Press, 1971

"One, Two, Three,..., Infinity", George Gamow, Dover Science Books, 1947

"Relativity, the special and the general theory". Albert Einstein, Wings Books, 1961

"Six not so easy pieces", Richard P. Feynman, Basic Books, 1963

"Gravity", George Gamow, Dover Publication, 1962

"QED, the strange theory of light and matter", Richard P. Feynman, Princeton University Press, 1985

"What is life", Erwin Schrodinger, Cambridge University Press, 1944

Note: I indicate the year of first publication not the year of edition by the indicated editor.

- Measurements
- unit systems
- conversion factors

- Introduction to the class

- August 30th
- dimensions
- errors and significant digits
- propagation of errors
- Lecture
notes

- Homework 1, due Tuesday September 6th (now Tuesday September 13th).
- Solutions to Homework 1

- September
1st

**2) OPTICS**- Speed of light
- Reflection
- Flat mirrors
- Spherical mirrors

- September 6th
- Refraction and Snell's law
- Lecture notes
- Appendix on the
minimal time path followed by light during refraction

- Homework 2, due Thursday September 15th
- Solution
to homework 2.

- September 8th
- Lenses

- September
13th

- Object image formula
- Telescopes and microscopes
**3) MECHANICS 1: Concept of force**- Springs and Hook's law
- Vectors

- September 15th
- Static equilibrium
- Lecture
notes

- Homework 3 due Tuesday October 4th
- Solutions
to Homework 3.

- September 20th
- Mass hanging at a spring
- Pulleys
- Inclined planes

- September 22nd
- Frame hanging
- Simple structure 1
- Simple strucutre 2

- September 27th
- September 29th

- October
4th

- Correction of Midterm

**4) MECHANICS 2: velocity and acceleration**- Lecture notes

- Homework 4
due Tuesday October 18th and solutions.

- Average velocity

- October 6th (No class)

- October 11th
- Instantaneous velocity
- Acceleration
- A step toward calculus
- Gravitational acceleration

- October 13th
**5) MECHANICS 3: the laws of motion**- Lecture notes

- 1st law
- 2nd law
- 3rd law
- Principle of equivalence
- Homework 5 and solutions

Week 10:

Week 11:

- November 1st
**6) MECHANICS 4: Motion along a curve path**- Lecture notes

- Parabolic motion
- Circular motion
- November 3rd
- Circular motion and the 2nd law of Newton
- Examples and exercises

- Homework
6 and solutions.

- November 8th
- Planetary motion

- November 10th
**7) MECHANICS 5: Momentum and Energy**- Lecture
notes

- Energy and work
- Kinetic energy
- Gravitational potential energy
- Eleastic potential energy
- Homework7
and solutions.

- November 15th
- Conservation of energy
- November 17th
- The third law of motion and momentum
- Two objects collision with only one emerging object

- November 22nd
- Two objects collision with two emerging objects
- The center of mass reference system
- November 24th, Thanksgiving, No class!

- November 29th
**8) MECHANICS 6: Density and pressure in fluids**- Lecture notes

- Density
- Pressure
- Buoyancy
- Homework
- Homework 8 and solutions.

- December 1st
**9) Temperature and heat**- Lecture notes

- Thermal expansion
- Heat capacity
- Ideal gas law

- Laws of thermodynamics
- Homework 9 and solutions.

- December 6th
**10) Electricity and Magnetism**- Lecture notes.

- Electrostatic force
- Electric circuits and Ohm's law
- Electric power
- Magnetic force
- Homework 10 .
**December 8th**

Friday December 16th, 1:00PM ->3:00PM, JFB103

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