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PH315: The Physics of Contemporary Challenges

Week 0

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Wed 9/25Sketch a calculationDay 1 Class Notes. Consistency check: Does gravitational potential energy explain hydroelectric capacity of the Columbia River? Prediction: How much energy generation capacity in our gutter downspouts? Recommended video: Outside-the-box reasoning Homework Week 0
Fri 9/27Sense making about energyDay 2 Class Notes. Finish first small group activity. Sense making about energy.HW solns week 0, instructions for submission

Week 1

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 9/30Simplified modelsDay 3 Class Notes. Simple model for energy used by a car driving on the highway at constant velocity. Homework Week 1, Guide to writing up hw
Wed 10/2Review exercises: Conservation of EnergyDay 4 Class Notes. The flow of energy through a solar car. The energy harvested by wind turbines.
Fri 10/4Intro to entropyDay 5 Class Notes. Reading: Chpt 1 of Unit T. Recommended video: How Entropy Powers the Earth HW Solns Week 1

Week 2

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 10/7Measuring changes in entropyDay 6 Class Notes. Recommended video "What is not random?" Homework Week 2
Wed 10/9Carnot efficiencyDay 7 Class Notes
Fri 10/11PV diagrams and WorkDay 8 Class Notes HW Solns Week 2

Week 3

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 10/14PV diagrams and Work Day 9 Class NotesHomework Week 3
Wed 10/16Equipartition Theorem Day 10 Class Notes
Fri 10/18 hw due

Week 4

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 10/21
Wed 10/23
Fri 10/25

Week 5

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 10/28
Wed 10/30
Fri 11/1

Week 6

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 11/4
Wed 11/6
Fri 11/8

Week 7

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 11/11
Wed 11/13
Fri 11/15

Week 8

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 11/18
Wed 11/20
Fri 11/22

Week 9

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 11/25
Wed 11/27
Fri 11/29

Week 10

DateTopicWhat was coveredAssignments
Mon 12/2
Wed 12/4
Fri 12/6

Finals week

Help session: time to be determined
Final exam (2 hours): Friday 7:30am - 9:30am

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