Ten Questions we will discuss this semester
Q1: What is time?
Chapter 36 – Special Theory of Relativity
Q2: How to describe a dynamical system?
Chapter 4 – Dynamics: Newton’s Law of Motion
Chapter 14 – Oscillations
Q3:Do forces always appear in pairs?
Chapter 9 – Linear Momentum
Q4: Is energy always conserved?
Chapter 7 – Work and Energy
Chapter 8 – Conservation of Energy
Q5: How does a rotating top maintain its balance?
Chapter 10 – Rotational Motion
Chapter 11 – Angular Momentum; General Rotation
Q6: Are black holes black?
Chapter 6 – Gravitation and Newton’s Synthesis
Chapter 44 – Astrophysics and Cosmology
Q7: Is pressure in liquids a scalar, a vector or a tensor?
Chapter 13 – Fluids
Q8: What is propagating in traveling waves?
Chapter 15 – Wave Motion
Chapter 16 – Sound
Q9: How is thermal equilibrium reached?
Chapter 17 – Temperature, Thermal Expansion, and the Ideal Gas Law
Chapter 18 – Kinetic Theory of Gases
Q10: How to quantify uncertainty in a statistical system?
Chapter 19 – Heat and the First Law of Thermodynamics
Chapter 20 –Second Law of Thermodynamics
Syllabus (Fall, 2013)
Sep 17 (Tue) L1: Course introduction
Sep 19 (Thu) 中秋節
Sep 24 (Tue) L2: What is time?
Sep 26 (Thu) L3: Lorentz transformation
Oct 1 (Tue) L4: How to descibe a dynamical system?
Oct 3 (Thu) L5: Newton’s second law
Oct 8 (Tue) L6: Simple harmonic motion
Oct 10 (Thu) National Celebration
Oct 15 (Tue) L7: Why do forces appear in pairs?
Oct 17 (Thu) L8: Center of mass
Oct 20 (Sun) Midterm (Q1-Q3)
Oct 22 (Tue) L9: Midterm Explanation
Oct 24 (Thu) In-class Discussion
Oct 29 (Tue) L10: Is energy always conserved?
Oct 31 (Thu) L11: Conservative force and potential energy
Nov 5 (Tue) L12: Energy, energy, energy
Nov 7 (Thu) L13: How does a rotating top maintain its balance?
Nov 12 (Tue) L14: Moment of inertia
Nov 14 (Thu) L15: Coriolis effect
Nov 19 (Tue) L16: Are black holes black?
Nov 21 (Thu) L17: Gravity and spacetime curvature
Nov 26 (Tue) L18: Is pressure in liquids a scaler, a vector or a tensor?
Nov 28 (Thu) L19: Hagen-Poiseuille equation
Dec 1 (Sun) Midterm (Q4-Q7)
Dec 3 (Tue) L20: Midterm Explanation
Dec 5 (Thu) L21: What is propagating in traveling waves?
Dec 10 (Tue) L22: Wave equation
Dec 12 (Thu) L23: Wave equation 2
Dec 17 (Tue) L24: Sound waves
Dec 19 (Thu) L25: How is thermal equilibrium reached?
Dec 24 (Tue) L26: Heat and the first law of thermodynamics
Dec 26 (Thu) L27: Heat and the first law of thermodynamics 2
Dec 31 (Tue) L28: How to quantify uncertainty in a statistical system?
Jan 2 (Thu) L29: Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics
Jan 7 (Tue) L30: Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics 2
Jan 9 (Thu) Video: The race for absolute zero
【Week 18】(Final Week)
Jan 12 (Sun) Final (Q8-Q10)