Syllabus | Schedule

Physics 4C Schedule
Spring 2018
Date
What's Going on in Class & Lab?
Homework Sets & Examples Lab Activities Weekly PLC

1/29
1/30
1/31
2/1
2/2

Lab 0: Introduction
Thermodynamic Laws; States of Matter; Thermal Equilibrium; PV plots
Thermal Expansion; Atomic Potentials
Ideal Gas Model; PV Processes
Lab 1: Ideal Gases
PV & Ideal Gases
Homework Set 1
(Corrected #6)
Lab 1: Ideal Gases PLC 1: PV Diagrams

2/5
2/6
2/7
2/8
2/9

Lab 1: Ideal Gases
1st Law; Bar Charts; Work & Heat in Ideal Gas Processes
Ideal Gas PV Processes; Specific Heat & Latent Heat
Ideal Gas Specific Heats; Heat Transfer
Lab 2: Thermal Properties of Materials

Week 2: 1st Law
Homework Set 2
(Updated due date, answers to #6b & 7)
Lab 2: Thermal Properties PLC 2: Heat & the 1st Law

2/12
2/13
2/14
2/15
2/16

Lab 2: Thermal Properties of Materials
Kinetic Theory: Gas Pressure
Kinetic Theory: Molecular Speeds
2nd Law; Entropy
>>>HOLIDAY -- NO LAB<<<
  No Lab! PLC 3: Ideal Gas Kinetics

2/19
2/20
2/21
2/22
2/23

>>>HOLIDAY -- NO LAB<<<
Entropy & 2-State Systems; Statistics in Nature
Heat Engines: The Carnot Cycle
Heat Engines: Brayton, Otto, Stirling, Diesel
Lab 3: A PV Gas Cycle

  Lab 3: Heat Engines PLC 4: Engines & 2nd Law

2/26
2/27
2/28
3/1
3/2

Lab 3: A PV Gas Cycle
Ideal Refrigerators
Real Refrigerators
Review & Catch-up
Lab 4: Efficiency

  Lab 4: PLC 5: Traffic Light

3/5
3/6
3/7
3/8
3/9

Lab 4: Efficiency
>>>1st Celebration<<<
Models of Light; Ray Diagrams; Apertures; Reflection
Ray Diagrams; Mirror Images
Lab 5: Mirror Reflections
    PLC 6: Mirrors and Images

3/12
3/13
3/14
3/15
3/16

Lab 5: Mirror Reflections
Refraction, Snell's Law, TIR & Rainbows
Ray Diagrams; Refraction Images
Ray Diagrams; Thin Lens Images
Lab 6: Lenses
    PLC 7: Refraction and Lens Images

3/19
3/20
3/21
3/22
3/23

Lab 6: Lenses
Optical Instruments; Multiple Lenses; Cameras
The Eye; Angular Magnification; Tele- & Micro-scopes
Magnifiers
Lab 7: Instruments

    PLC 8: Lenses

3/26
3/27
3/28
3/29
3/30

Spring Break
Spring Break
Spring Break
Spring Break
Spring Break

     

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

Lab 7: Instruments
Interference: Review; Light Spectrum; Polarization
Double Slit Interference
Thin Film Interference
Lab 8: Double Slit Interference

    PLC 9: Interference and Polarization

4/9
4/10
4/11
4/12
4/13

Lab 8: Double Slit Interference
Diffraction Gratings
Single-Slit Diffraction
Apertures; Rayleigh's Criterion
Lab 9: Single Slit Diffraction
    PLC 10: Diffraction

4/16
4/17
4/18
4/19
4/20

Lab 9: Single Slit Diffraction
Double Slit Interference and Diffraction: Intensity
Interferometers
Review & Catch-up
Lab 10: ??

    PLC 11: Traffic Light

4/23
4/24
4/25
4/26
4/27

Lab 10: ??
>>>2nd Celebration<<<
Galilean Relativity; MM Experiment; SR Postulates; Time & Length
SR Time & Length
Lab 11: Photoelectric Effect

    PLC 12: Events in SR

4/30
5/1
5/2
5/3
5/4

Lab 11: Photoelectric Effect
SR Time & Length; SR Energy & Momentum
SR Energy & Momentum
Massless particles: Photons
Lab 12: Atomic Spectra

    PLC 13: Lorentz Transformations

5/7
5/8
5/9
5/10
5/11

Lab 12: Atomic Spectra
Build-up to Modern Physics: Discoveries
Blackbody Radiation & Photoelectric Effect; Photons
Compton Effect; Matter Waves; Quantization
Lab 13: Radioactivity
    PLC 14: Quantum Physics
5/14
5/15
5/16
5/17
5/18

Lab 13: Radioactivity
Bohr's Model of the Hydrogen Atom
Schrodinger's Equation; 1D Trapped Electrons; Uncertainty
Uncertainty Principle; Tunneling; Atoms
Lab 0:

    PLC 15: Final Traffic Light

5/21
5/22
5/23
5/24
5/25

Review Session 10 am -- 1 pm
>>>FINAL CELEBRATION 5/22: 10 am - 1 pm<<<




     

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