Physics 1020: Conceptual Physics

Syllabus

This course will be taught using the Peer Instruction method.

Day by Day in Class

Date Topic Reading Conceptests
9 Sep Introduction - -
11 Sep Scientific Method, Physical Quantities 1.1-1.2 Scientific Method, Physical Quantities, Example Reading Summary
14 Sep Speed, Velocity, Acceleration 1.3-1.4 Speed, Velocity and Vectors Uniform Acceleration Centripetal Acceleration, Example Reading Summary
16 Sep Simple Motion 1.5 Simple Motion 1, Simple Motion 2, Simple Motion 3
Solutions to selected Chapter 1 problems.
18 Sep Force and Mass 2.1-2.3 Force, Newton's First Law, Mass
21 Sep Newton's Laws I 2.4-2.5 Newton's Second Law 1, Newton's Second Law 2, Centripetal Force, Force and Acceleration
23 Sep Newton's Laws II 2.6-2.8 Newton's Third Law, Forces on a Plane, Accelerating Elevator, Normal Force
25 Sep Gravity 2.9-2.10 Gravitational Force, Orbits, Normal Force, The Moon
Solutions to selected Chapter 2 problems
28 Sep Conservation of Momentum 3.1-3.2 Momentum, Collisions, Conservation of momentum, Impulse
30 Sep Work and Energy 3.3-3.6 Work, Energy 1, Energy 2, Energy 3
2 Oct Power and Rotation 3.7-3.8 Power 1, Power 2, Rotational Motion, Spaceship
Solutions to selected Chapter 3 problems
5 Oct Exam I 1-3 Example Exam I
Date Topic Reading Conceptests
7 Oct Phases of Matter, Pressure 4.1-4.3 Elements, Pressure, Atmospheric Pressure
9 Oct Principles of Fluids 4.4-4.47 Fluid Pressure, Archimedes' Principle, Pascal's Principle, Bernoulli's Principle
Solutions to selected Chapter 4 problems
12 Oct Temperature and the First Law 5.1-5.3 Thermal Expansion, Ideal Gas Law, First Law of Thermodynamics
14 Oct Heat Transfer and Capacity 5.4-5.5 Heat Transfer, Sailboat, Heat Capacity, Michigan Weather.
16 Oct Phase Transistions and the Second Law 5.6-5.7 Phase Transitions, Humidity.
Solutions to selected Chapter 5 problems
19 Oct Waves 6.1-6.2 Waves, Waves on a String, Waves in Air.
21 Oct Sound I 6.3-6.4 None
23 Oct Sound II 6.5-6.6 None
Solutions to selected Chapter 6 problems
26 Oct Exam II 4-6 Example Exam II
Date Topic Reading Conceptests
28 Oct Electric Charge and Force 7.1-7.2 Electric Force 1, Electric Force 2, Electric Fields.
30 Oct Current and Circuits 7.3-7.4 Electric Current and Resistance, Voltage, Ohm's Law.
2 Nov Power and AC/DC 7.5-7.6 Electric Power, Fuses, Elevator.
Solutions to selected Chapter 7 problems
4 Nov Magnetism 8.1-8.3 Compass, Magnetic Field, Transformers.
6 Nov Electromagnetic Waves 8.4-8.5 None
9 Nov Radiation 8.6-8.7 None
Solutions to selected Chapter 8 problems
11 Nov Light Waves and Mirrors 9.1-9.2 None
13 Nov Refraction and Lenses 9.3-9.4 None
16 Nov Dispersion and Color 9.5-9.6 None
Solutions to selected Chapter 9 problems
18 Nov Exam III 7-9 Example Exam III
Date Topic Reading Conceptests
20 Nov The Quantum Theory 10.1-10.2 None
23 Nov Spectra and the Bohr Model 10.3-10.4 Atomic Versus Molecular Spectra, Gas Versus Solid Spectra.
25 Nov Atomic States 10.5-10.8 Atomic Hydrogen Emission, Particles As Waves.
Solutions to selected Chapter 10 problems
30 Nov The Nucleus and Radioactivity 11.1-11.3 None
2 Dec Binding Energy and Fission 11.4-11.6 None
4 Dec Fussion 11.7 None
Solutions to selected Chapter 11 problems
7 Dec Special Relativity 12.1 None
9 Dec Elementary Forces and Particles 12.2-12.3 None
11 Dec Quarks and Unification 12.4-12.5 None
Solutions to selected Chapter 12 problems
14 Dec Review I 10-12 None
17 Dec Review II 1-9 None
23 Dec Final 1-12 Example Final
Date Topic Reading Conceptests