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The Physics of Contemporary Challenges ====

  • Instructor: (Winter 2019) Prof. Ethan Minot, Office: Weniger 417
  • TA: (Winter 2019) Daniel McCulley
  • Textbooks: Six Ideas That Shaped Physics, Unit T and Unit Q, by Thomas Moore.
  • Class Meetings: MWF 12.00 - 12.50pm, Weniger 212
  • Office hours and homework help session:
    • Wednesdays 11.00 - 12.00noon in Weniger 334 “the wormhole”
    • Thursdays 10.00 - 12.00noon in Weniger 334 “the wormhole”

Week 1

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 1/7Fermi estimate & renewable energy Day 1 class notes, ph315_advertisement.pdf, Real world connections Part 1, Real world connections Part 2 hw1, how to write up homework
Wed 1/9Conservation of energy and simple modelsDay 2 class notes
Fri 1/11Wind energy, ThermodynamicsDay 3 class notes, see class notes for suggested reading hw1 soln

Week 2

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 1/14Thermal energy, equipartition theorem Day 4 class notes, gas properties simulation, suggested reading T5.4hw2, Q2 hint, Q4 background
Wed 1/16Work done by force and pressureDay 5 class notes, Advice on note taking
Fri 1/18Efficiency of gas cycleDay 6 class notes hw2 soln

Week 3

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 1/21MLK holiday , HW3, appendix, Carnot background
Wed 1/23Carnot EfficiencyDay 7 Class notes
Fri 1/25Heat pumps, Partial diff. eqns Day 8 Class Notes, Jack Johnson Breaks the 2nd Law, PDE for guitar string calculus derivation, hw3 soln

Week 4

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 1/28Partial differential equations Day 9 Class Notes, Mathematica code hw4, appendix, Video tutorial for Q4
Wed 1/30Waves and interference Day 10 Class Notes, sound wave animation, Animation of light wave, wave interference
Fri 2/1Experiment introductionDay 11 Class Notes, Measurement uncertainty guide, example lab report hw4 soln

Week 5

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 2/4ExperimentDay 12, Lab instructions term paper topic proposal
Wed 2/6ExperimentDay 13, Hint of determining wavelength, Rubric for grading lab reports
Fri 2/8ReviewDay 14, Practice midterm term paper proposal due

Week 6

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 2/11Review + dimensional analysisDay 15 Class Notes dimensional analysis of blood flow
Fri 2/15Wave-particle duality Day 16 Class Notes, electron wave demo Lab write up due

Week 7

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 2/18Wave-particle duality, size of atomDay 17 Class Notes, single photon detection of an interference pattern hw5, appendix
Wed 2/20Size of atom, Schrodinger equation, harmonic oscillatorDay 18 Class Notes, qmho_worksheet.pdf
Fri 2/22Quantum harmonic oscillatorDay 19 Class notes hw5 solns

Week 8

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 2/25Light-matter interactionsDay 20 Class notes, suggested reading Q11.1, 11.2, 11.3, 11.4 and 11.5 HW6 appendix
Wed 2/27Term paper guidance, Spectral distributionsDay 21 Class Notes, Suggested reading about greenhouse gases
Fri 3/1Blackbody spectrumDay 22 Class Notes, atmosphere model, hw6soln, N2 oscillator

radiating charge, making graphs in Matlab,

Week 9

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 3/4Blackbody spectrumday23_2019.pdf, worksheet HW7
Wed 3/6Earth's temperatureDay 24 Class Notes thermal_radiation_flip_book.pdf
Fri 3/8Earth's temperatureDay 25 Class Notes hw7 solns

Alternative hypotheses,

Week 10

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 3/11Nuclear physics Day 26 Class Notes, watermellon, Rutherford scattering term paper due, HW8, appendix
Wed 3/13Nuclear physics nuclear_waste.pdf
Fri 3/15ReviewPractice questions for final hw8 solns

Finals week

Help session: time to be determined
Final exam (2 hours):
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