PH315: The Physics of Contemporary Challenges

  • Instructor: (Winter 2018) Prof. Ethan Minot, Office: Weniger 417
  • TA: (Winter 2018) 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
  • Homework help session: Thursday 10.00 - 12.00noon in Weniger 334 “the wormhole”
  • Office hours: Thursday 10.00 - 12.00noon in Weniger 334 “the wormhole”

Week 1

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 1/8Fermi estimate & renewable energy Day 1 Notes, ph315_advertisement.pdf, Real world connections Part 1, Real world connections Part 2 HW1
Wed 1/10Conservation of energy and simple modelsDay 2 Notes, how to write up homework
Fri 1/12Wind energy, Thermodynamics Day 3 Notes, gas properties simulation, Reading list, Vacine reminder hw1 solns

Week 2

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 1/15MLK holiday HW2
Wed 1/17Work done by force and pressureDay 4 Notes, HW2 hint
Fri 1/19Efficiency of gas cycleDay 5 Notes, Screen capture of lecture hw2 solns

Week 3

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 1/222nd law thermodynamicsDay 6 Notes, differentiate using chain rule, Jack Johnson, y(x,t) HW3, appendix
Wed 1/24Partial diff. eqns.Day 7 Notes, PDE derivation, superposition of oscillations
Fri 1/26Sound waves Day 8 Notes hw3 solns

Week 4

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 1/29Wave interference Day 9 Notes, sound wave animation, superposition, expt in pond @ 4min30s, wave interference HW4, appendix, hint
Wed 1/31ExperimentLab instructions Lab grading rubric, Measurement uncertainty guide, Example of a lab report
Fri 2/2ExperimentDay 11 Notes which include discussion of measurement uncertainty hw4 solns

Week 5

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 2/5ExperimentDay 12 Notes, LED experiment
Wed 2/7ReviewDay 13 Notes, Practice midterm, Reading list for midterm
Fri 2/9ReviewDay 14 Notes, List of in-class exercises lab report due

Week 6

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 2/12MIDTERM term paper topic proposal
Wed 2/14Wave-particle duality Day 16 Notes electron wave demo
Fri 2/16Wave-particle duality Day 17 Notes topic proposal due

Week 7

Week 8

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 2/26 HW6
Wed 2/28
Fri 3/2 hw due

Week 9

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 3/5 HW will cover blackbody radiation applications
Wed 3/7
Fri 3/9 hw due

Week 10

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 3/12 term paper due, HW will cover nuclear physics
Wed 3/14
Fri 3/16 hw due

Finals week

Thurs 3/22Final exam 9:30am - 11:30am

Day-by-day description from past years