Syllabus | Schedule

Physics 4A Schedule
Fall 2017
Date
What's Going on in Class & Lab?
Homework Sets Useful Stuff Weekly PLC

8/28
8/29
8/30
8/31
9/1

Newton's Laws & Conservation
1D Motion: Graphs & Mathematical Representations
Lab 1: 1D Motion
1D Motion: Examples
Lab 1: 1D Motion
Homework Set 1

Motion Graphs . 1 2
Motion Signs

PLC 1: Experimental Uncertainty and a 1D Sanity Check

9/4
9/5
9/6
9/7
9/8

>>>LABOR DAY: NO CLASSES<<<
1D Motion Examples; 2D Motion: Graphs
Lab 2: Uncertainty Analysis
Quiz 1; 2D Motion: Vectors
Lab 2: Uncertainty Analysis

2D Motion Signs
2D Vector Diagrams
PLC 2: 1D Graphs Ranking Tasks

9/11
9/12
9/13
9/14
9/15

2D Projectiles: Math & Examples
2D Projectiles: Examples
Lab 3: Projectile Challenge
2D Centripetal Motion
Lab 3: Projectile Challenge
Homework Set 3 2D Example
Finding a
UCM

PLC 3: 2D Pre-Lab

9/18
9/19
9/20
9/21
9/22

Quiz 2; 2D Relative Velocity
Newton's 2nd Law (N2): Force Diagrams
Lab 4: Bouncing Ball
Applying N2; Examples
Lab 4: Bouncing Ball

Notes on Vector Techniques
Relative Velocity Airplanes
PLC 4: 2D Motion

9/25
9/26
9/27
9/28
9/29

Quiz 3; Applying N2: More Examples
N1 & N3: Force Diagrams -- Interacting Systems
Lab 5: The Filter Drop
Quiz 4; UCM Dynamics
Lab 5: The Filter Drop

HW Set 4: Newton PLC 5: Forces

10/2
10/3
10/4
10/5
10/6

Review & example catch-up
>>>1st Celebration<<<
Lab 6: Flying Pigs
Gravitation: Newton's Formulation
Lab 6: Flying Pigs
HW Set 5 Review Notes for Celebration 1 PLC 6: Traffic Light

10/9
10/10
10/11
10/12
10/13

Gravitation: Einstein's Formulation
Center of Mass & Newton's Laws
Lab 7: Momentum
Impulse & Momentum: Bar Charts
Lab 7: Momentum
p LOL Example PLC 7: 2D Forces

10/16
10/17
10/18
10/19
10/20

Law of Conservation: Momentum, 1D Collisions
2D Collisions
Lab 8: Springs
Concept Quiz; Energy: Bar Charts; Scalar Product
Lab 8: Springs

HW Set 6: Momentum 2D / Rocket Example
Energy
PLC 8: Changes in Momentum

10/23
10/24
10/25
10/26
10/27

Work & Potential Energy: Conservative & non-Conservative
Law of Conservation: Energy; Examples
Lab 9: Modeling Project Intro
Quiz 6; Energy of a Collision
Lab 9: Modeling Project Intro

PLC 9: Energy & Momentum

10/30
10/31
11/1
11/2
11/3

Rotational Kinematics: Graphs & Math
Rotational Kinematics: Examples
Lab 10: Torque
Rotational Dynamics: Vector Product
Lab 10: Torque

PLC 10: Rotations & Torque

11/6
11/7
11/8
11/9
11/10

Rotational Dynamics: Examples
Quiz 7; Rolling Motion
Lab 11: Modeling Project
Review / Examples & catch-up
Lab 11: Modeling Project
HW Set 7.1
HW Set 7.2
PLC 11: Modeling

11/13
11/14
11/15
11/16
11/17

>>>2nd Celebration<<<
Conservation of Angular Momentum
Lab 12: Unknown Mass
Precession of L
Lab 12: Unknown Mass

Review Notes for Celebration 2 PLC 12: Unknown Mass + Traffic Light

11/20
11/21
11/22
11/23
11/24

Begin Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM)
SHM: Dynamics & Phasor Analysis
Lab 13: Finish Modeling / Unknown Mass
Quiz 8; SHM: Energy & Damping
Lab 13: Finish Modeling / Unknown Mass

PLC 13: Modeling

11/27
11/28
11/29
11/30
12/1

Waves: Snapshot & History; Interference
Resonance & Standing Waves
Lab 14: Train Whistle
Quiz 9;
Lab 14: Train Whistle

HW Set 8: SHM Practice Final Celebration PLC 14: Oscillations (Thursday)

12/4
12/5
12/6
12/7
12/8

Resonance in Pipes
Interference, Beats
Lab 15: Modeling Presentations
Newton's Laws & Conservation
Lab 15: Modeling Presentations
HW Set 9: SHM & Waves
Not to be turned in
Selected Practice Answers (posted Monday) PLC 15: Final Traffic Light

12/11
12/12
12/13
12/14
12/15

>>>FINAL CELEBRATION 12/12 at 10 am<<<

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