Physics 2020 Syllabus
Spring 2014

Class

Date

Day

Text Sections

Topic

Reading Quiz

1

Jan. 14

T

19.1-19.3

Electric charges and force

1) Coulomb's Law

2

Jan. 16

R

19.4-19.7

Electric field and flux

2) Gauss's Law

3

Jan. 21

T

20.1-20.3

Electric potential
(HW1 due Tues. 11:59 PM)

3) Potential

4

Jan. 23

R

20.4-20.6

Electric potential energy, capacitors

4) Capacitors

5

Jan. 28

T

21.1-21.4

Electric current, Resistors
(HW2 due Tues. 11:59 PM)

5) DC Currents

6

Jan. 30

R

21.5-21.8

Resistors, circuits

6) Kirchhoff's Rules

7

Feb. 4

T

22.1-22.4

Magnetic field, force
(HW3 due Tues. 11:59 PM)

7) Magnetic force on charges

8

Feb. 6

R

TEST 1

Chapters 19-21

None

9

Feb. 11

T

22.5-22.8

Magnetic torque, Ampere's law, solenoids

8) Magnetic force on a wire

10

Feb. 13

R

23.1-23.5

Faraday's and Lenz's laws, Electrical energy
(HW4 due Thurs. 11:59 PM)

9) Faraday's Law

11

Feb. 18

T

23.6-23.10

Inductance, motors, magnetic energy, transformers

10)Inductors

12

Feb. 20

R

24.1-24.4

Alternating voltage, current, AC circuits
(HW5 due Thurs. 11:59 PM)

11) AC circuits

13

Feb. 25

T

24.5-24.6

RLC Circuits, Resonance

12) Resonance

14

Feb. 27

R

25.1-25.5

Electromagnetic waves
(HW6 due Thurs 11:59 PM)

None

15

Mar. 4

T

26.1-26.4

Mirrors, reflection
(HW7 due Tues 11:59 PM)

13) Geometrical Optics 1

16

Mar. 6

R

TEST 2

Chapters 22-25

None

 

Mar 11, 13

 

 

Spring break, no class

None

17

Mar. 18

T

26.5-26.8

Lenses, refraction

14)Geometrical Optics 2

18

Mar. 20

R

27.1-27.6

Optical instruments
(HW8 due Thurs. 11:59 PM)

15)Optical Instruments

19

Mar. 25

T

28.1-28.3

Interference

16)Interference

20

Mar. 27

R

28.4-28.6

Diffraction
(HW9 due Thurs 11:59 PM)

17)Diffraction

21

Apr. 1

T

29.1-29.4

Relativity

18)Relativity

22

Apr. 3

R

29.5-29.8

Relativistic phenomena, general relativity
(HW10 due Thurs 11:59 PM)

19)General Relativity

23

Apr. 8

T

30.1-30.4

Quantum physics
(HW11 due Tues 11:59 PM)

20)Quantum Physics

24

Apr. 10

R

TEST 3

Chapters 26-29

None

25

Apr. 15

T

30.5-30.7

Wave-particle phenomena

21)Wave Particle Duality

26

Apr. 17

R

31.1-31.7

Atomic physics
(HW12 due Thurs 11:59 PM)

22)Atomic Physics

27

Apr. 22

T

32.1-32.6

Nuclear physics

23)Nuclear Physics

28

Apr. 24

R

32.7-32.9

Applications, elementary particle physics, cosmology
(HW13 due Thurs 11:59 PM - not graded)

None

29

Apr. 29

T

Review

elementary particle physics, final exam review

None

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May 1

Fri.

FINAL EXAM (section I)

2pm -> 5pm

None

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May 9

Thurs.

FINAL EXAM (section II)

9am -> noon

None