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Syllabus, Spring 2007


  Monday Wednesday Friday
Week 1
Jan. 22
Jan 22
Pre-Newtonian physics
Read Chap 1
Jan 24
Galileo's observations
Read Chap 3
Jan 26
Speed, accel., momentum
Read Chap 3
Week 2
Jan. 29
Jan 29
Newton's Laws
Read Chap 4
  Jan 31
Newton, cont.
Read
Chap 4
  Feb 2
Gravity
Read Chap 5
Week 3
Feb. 5
Feb 5
More Gravtity
Read Chap 5
  Feb 7
Work and Energy
Read Chap 6
  Feb 9
Potential Energy and Power
Read
Chap 6
Week 4
Feb. 12
Feb 12
Review for Exam #1

  Feb 14
In-class exam 1

  Feb 16
Waves
Read Chap 8
Week 5
Feb. 19
Feb 19
Superposition/interference
Read Chap 8
  Feb 21
Interference & Resonance
Read Chap 8
  Feb 23
More resonance
Read Chap 8
Week 6
Feb. 26
Feb 26
EM Waves, electricity
Read Chap 8
  Feb 28
EM Waves, magnetism
Read Chap 9
  Mar 2
Relativity of Time & Space
Read Chap 10
Week 7
Mar. 5
Mar 5
Relativity of Time & Space
Read Chap 10
  Mar 7
The Space-Time Continuum
Read Chap 10
  Mar 9
Energy and Relativity
Read Chap 10
Week 8
Mar. 12
Mar 12
Review for Exam 2

  Mar 14
In-class Exam 2
  Mar 16
General Relativity
Read Chap 11
Week 10
Mar. 19

Mar 19
Quantum: Particles of light
Read Chap 13

Mar 21
Quantum: Matter waves
Read Chap 13

Mar 23
The Wavefunction
Read Chap 13
Week 11
Mar. 26
Mar 26
Quantum States
Read Chap 14
  Mar 28
Quantum: Atoms
Read Chap 14
Essay topic, para. due
  Mar 30
Uncertainty principle, tunneling
Read Chap 14

Week 12
Apr. 2

Apr 2
Spring Break
 

Apr 4
Spring Break

  Apr 6
Spring Break
Week 13
Apr. 9
Apr 9
Entanglement: Quantum comp
Read Chap 14
  Apr 11
The nucleus
Read Chap 15

  Apr 13
Radioactivity
Read Chap 15
Essay outline & ref due
Week 14
Apr. 16
Apr 16
Review for Exam #3
  Apr 18
In-class Exam 3
  Apr 20
Fission, fusion
Read Chap 16, HW10 due
Week 15
Apr. 23
Apr 23
Fusion
Read Chap 16
  Apr 25
Particles and fields
Read Chap 18
  Apr 27
Quarks and gluons
Read Chap 18
Week 16
Apr. 30
Apr 30
The weak interaction
Read Chap 18
  May 2
Unification, Higgs Boson
Read Chap 18
Essay due
  May 4
Cosmological consequences

Week 17
May. 7

May 7
Quantum gravity, string theory
  May 9
Review for exam 4
  May 11
In-class exam 4




 

 
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