### Course Description

Equations

science links

uncertainty calculator

### Friday February 23

reviewed diffraction gratings and spectrometers;

discussed problems from the problem set;

quiz on spectrometers;

test 18 & 19 on Monday

### Thursday February 22

reviewed single-slit, double-slit, and multiple-slit interference; reviewed thin film interference;

further discussed diffraction gratings and spectrometers;

discussed problems from the problem set;

discussed the Rayleigh criterion for resolution;

test 18 & 19 on Monday

### Wednesday February 21

quiz on lens imaging;

worked problems on single-slit, double-slit, and multiple-slit interference;

discussed thin film interference

discussed diffraction gratings and spectroscopy;

test 18 & 19 on Monday

### Tuesday February 20

demonstrated/discussed the double-slit experiment;

watched/discussed a video clip on the double-slit experiment and its behavior with particles;

discussed the equation for double-slit interference;

read: 524-531 (diffraction)

### Monday February 19

worked problems from the problem set;

discussed eye optics and vision problems;

discussed vision correction;

lens imaging quiz tomorrow;

chapter 19 problems: p.536-538 #48, 52, 54, 58, 60 (due Monday)

### Friday February 16

worked problems from the problem set;

worked a few lens imaging problems;

finish working on problems set 18 pp.509-511 #68, 70, 72, 74, 78, 82, 84, 86, 90, 94 (due Monday)

### Thursday February 15

quiz on refraction;

played around with lenses;

discussed Fresnel lenses;

went outside and heated things up with big Fresnel lenses;

keep working on problems set 18 pp.509-511 #68, 70, 72, 74, 78, 82, 84, 86, 90, 94 (due Friday);

read: pp.500-503 (optical instruments)

### Wednesday February 14

pseudo-quiz on refraction;

worked multiple problems on refraction and on lens imaging;

keep working on problems set 18 pp.509-511 #68, 70, 72, 74, 78, 82, 84, 86, 90, 94 (due Friday);

refraction quiz tomorrow–this time, for real

### Tuesday February 13

collected data for the *simple harmonic motion* lab (write-up due next Tuesday);

keep working on problems set 18 pp.509-511 #68, 70, 72, 74, 78, 82, 84, 86, 90, 94 (due Friday);

refraction quiz tomorrow

### Monday February 12

discussed index of refraction and Snell’s law;

discussed/demonstrated total internal reflection and the critical angle;

discussed fiber optic cables;

problems set 18 pp.509-511 #68, 70, 72, 74, 78, 82, 84, 86, 90, 94 (due Friday)

### Friday February 9

discussed test 16 & 17;

briefly discussed/demonstrated refraction;

read: pp.493-499 (lenses)

### Thursday February 8

test 16 & 17;

read: pp.485-492 (refraction)

### Wednesday February 7

worked problems from the problem set;

discussed/analyzed the design of mirror telescopes;

test 16 & 17 tomorrow

### Tuesday February 6

worked on problems from the problem set;

quiz on mirror imaging;

problems set due date postponed till Thursday;

test 16 & 17 on Thursday

### Monday February 5

played around with curved mirrors;

discussed imaging with mirrors;

worked problems on mirror imaging;

keep working on problems: pp. 479-480 #56, 57, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70, 72 (due Wednesday)

### Friday January 26

played around with curved mirrors

### Thursday January 25

quiz over color models, polarization, and Doppler shift;

looked at problems from the problem set;

discussed and played around with plane mirrors

problems: pp. 479-480 #56, 57, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70, 72 (due Wednesday after home leave)

### Wednesday January 24

went outside with polarizers;

quiz over illumination;

looked at problems from the problem set;

read: 464-475 (curved mirrors)

### Tuesday January 23

reviewed the electromagnetic spectrum, RGB, CMYK;

discussed and tested for colorblindness;

discussed/observed polarized light with polarizers;

looked at problems from the problem set;

read: 457-463 (plane mirrors)

### Monday January 22

reviewed illumination, luminosity, and luminous intensity;

discussed the electromagnetic spectrum;

discussed attributes of the visible spectrum: RGB, CMYK

problems p. 453 #54-62 even, 63, 65, 66, 69 (due Thursday)

### Friday January 19

discussed test 14 & 15;

discussed the history of light theory;

defined/discussed illumination, luminosity, and luminous intensity;

read: pp. 439-447 (color, polarization, & the Doppler effect with light)

### Thursday January 18

test 14 & 15;

read: pp. 431-438 (light)

### Wednesday January 17

worked on a few problems from the problem set;

tried to experimentally verify theory of resonant frequency of a string and a pipe;

test 14 & 15 tomorrow

### Tuesday January 16

worked on a few problems from the problem set;

discussed/demonstrated a flat spectrum response;

went to Ponce Hall to see how flat the spectrum was there;

test 14 & 15 on Thursday

### Monday January 15

considered some of the problems in the chapter 15 problem set (put off again until Wednesday);

discussed sound speed as a function of temperature;

discussed/analyzed resonance on a wire and within a tube;

continue working on the problem set

### Friday January 12

quiz on decibels;

analyzed/compared the harmonic content of a synthesized reed instrument with the real thing;

work on the problem set (due date postponed until Tuesday)

### Thursday January 11

discussed harmonic content of a complex tone;

analyzed a human voice for harmonic content when singing various sounds;

discussed frequency ratios for musical scales;

bring an instrument tomorrow for analysis of harmonic content

### Wednesday January 10

reviewed the range of human hearing , the decibel scale, and the Doppler effect; worked related problems;

discussed objective and subjective audio terms;

began considering harmonic content of a complex tone;

problems pp.425-427 #52, 54, 58, 61, 64, 66, 68, 72, 76, 78, 82 (due Monday)

### Tuesday January 9

no class today, due to *Personal Finance* field trip

### Monday January 8

described wave properties: straight-line propagation, reflection, refraction, diffraction, & interference;

reviewed the range of human hearing and the decibel scale;

looked at the mathematics behind the decibel scale;

looked at the problem set (due Wednesday);

discussed/demonstrated the Doppler effect

### Friday January 5

discussed/demonstrated the range of human hearing;

discussed sound intensity and the decibel scale;

began discussing the region of human hearing;

read: p.411-419 (sound);

problems p.397-400 #70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 86, 90, 92, 100 (due date postponed until Wednesday)

### Thursday January 4

quiz on simple harmonic motion;

discussed/demonstrated wave reflections and interference;

discussed/demonstrated standing waves;

read: p.403-410 (sound);

problems p.397-400 #70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 86, 90, 92, 100 (due Tuesday)

### Wednesday January 3

reviewed simple harmonic motion;

discussed/demonstrated wave types and wave anatomy;

discussed the mathematical representation of a wave;

read: p.381-391 (wave properties and behavior)

### Tuesday January 2

briefly discussed 1st semester exam;

discussed/demonstrated/analyzed simple harmonic motion with a mass & spring;

discussed/demonstrated/analyzed simple harmonic motion with a pendulum;

read: p.375-380 (simple harmonic motion)

### Wednesday December 13

no class today, due to semester exams;

exam will be at 12:30 on Thursday

### Tuesday December 12

continued reviewing for semester exam, 12:30 on Thursday

### Monday December 11

reviewed for semester exam using the equation sheet;

semester exam is at 12:30 on Thursday

### Friday December 8

considered the combination of Young’s modulus and thermal expansion;

began reviewing fluids and heat for semester exam;

start reviewing for semester exam using the equation sheet

### Thursday December 7

quiz on Archimedes’ principle;

discussed the chapter 13 problem set;

further discussed Young’s modulus; worked a problem;

looked at Bernoulli’s equation and worked a problem with it;

start reviewing for semester exam

### Wednesday December 6

pseudo-quiz #2 on Archimedes’ principle;

discussed the chapter 13 problem set;

briefly discussed Young’s modulus;

problem set 13 due on Thursday

### Tuesday December 5

collected data for the specific heat lab;

pseudo-quiz on Archimedes’ principle;

problem set 13 due on Thursday

### Monday December 4

discussed Archimedes’ principle;

discussed Pascal’s principle;

discussed/demonstrated Bernoulli’s principle;

look over the specific heat lab handout for tomorrow

### Friday December 1

summarized the 2nd law of thermodynamics, and its connection with intelligent design;

briefly discussed density and Archimedes’ principle;

read: 359-363 (solids)

### Thursday November 30

discussed entropy and the tendency toward chaos;

continued discussing the statistical probability governing the 2nd law of thermodynamics;

start working on p.369-371 #76, 77, 78, 80, 82, 88, 91, 96, 100 (due Wednesday)

### Wednesday November 29

re-quiz over calorimetry;

worked problems from the problem set;

began discussing the statistical probability governing the 2nd law of thermodynamics;

read: 341-348 (fluids)

### Tuesday November 28

quiz over calorimetry;

reviewed latent heat and phase change;

discussed refrigeration;

problem set is due Thursday

### Monday November 27

reviewed thermal conduction and radiation;

reviewed latent heat and phase change; quiz likely tomorrow over calorimetry;

discussed heat engines; watched animation of them;

worked a few problems from the problem set (due Wednesday)

### Friday November 17

no class, due to Thanksgiving break

### Thursday November 16

further discussed thermal conduction and radiation;

discussed/demonstrated thermal conductivity and thermal expansion;

discussed latent heat and phase change

### Wednesday November 15

discussed/demonstrated calorimetry;

discussed thermal conduction and radiation;

begin on chapter 12 problems: pp.336-337 #52-64 even

### Tuesday November 14

discussed test 10 & 11;

discussed doing the torques lab write-up;

discussed thermometry, temperature, and heat;

read: 323-331 (phase change and thermodynamics)

### Monday November 13

test 10 & 11;

read: 313-322 (temperature and thermal energy)

### Friday November 10

discussed problems from the problem set;

worked examples of conservation of energy involving rotation;

looked at physics animations at PhET

test 10 & 11 on Monday

### Thursday November 9

discussed problems from the problem set;

finished Nova’s *Einstein’s Big Idea*: E=mc^2

### Wednesday November 8

quiz on work, energy, and conservation;

collected data for the Torques Lab;

discussed problems from the problem set;

continue working on problems 11: p.307-309 #54, 60, 62, 64, 70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 82 (due Friday)

### Tuesday November 7

had a pseudo-quiz on conservation of energy; a real quiz is likely tomorrow;

worked problems from problem set 11;

watched more of Nova’s *Einstein’s Big Idea*: E=mc^2;

continue working on problems 11: p.307-309 #54, 60, 62, 64, 70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 82 (due Friday)

### Monday November 6

discussed simple machines;

worked problems from the problem set;

watched the next segment of Nova’s *Einstein’s Big Idea*: E=mc^2;

finish working on problem set 10: p.278-281 #52, 56, 58, 64, 66, 70, 74, 82, 86 (due tomorrow);

get started on problems 11: p.307-309 #54, 60, 62, 64, 70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 82 (due Friday)

### Friday November 3

worked problems from the problem set;

watched the third segment of Nova’s *Einstein’s Big Idea*: E=mc^2;

continue working on problem set 10: p.278-281 #52, 56, 58, 64, 66, 70, 74, 82, 86 (due Tuesday);

read: 285-292 (forms of energy)

### Thursday November 2

reviewed work, kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, and elastic potential energy;

defined & discussed power;

climbed the stairs, measuring power output for the brief duration;

watched the second segment of Nova’s *Einstein’s Big Idea*: E=mc^2;

get working on problem set 10: p.278-281 #52, 56, 58, 64, 66, 70, 74, 82, 86 (due Tuesday)

### Wednesday November 1

reviewed work and kinetic energy;

defined & discussed gravitational potential energy and elastic potential energy;

briefly discussed conservation of energy;

watched the first segment of Nova’s *Einstein’s Big Idea*: E=mc^2;

problem set 10: p.278-281 #52, 56, 58, 64, 66, 70, 74, 82, 86 (due Tuesday)

### Tuesday October 31

discussed test 8 & 9;

briefly defined/discussed work and kinetic energy;

read: 266-273 (simple machines)

### Monday October 30

test 8 & 9;

read: 257-265 (work, energy, & power)

### Friday October 27

worked problems from the problem set;

discussed details of doing the lab write-up;

quiz on torque and rotational kinematics;

test 8 & 9 Monday

### Thursday October 26

worked problems from the problem set;

worked through a 2-D collision;

watched more of a video segment on conservation of momentum and angular momentum;

test 8 & 9 postponed until Monday

### Wednesday October 25

quiz over rotational inertia;

tested egg-drop designs;

watched a video segment on conservation of momentum;

test 8 & 9 on Friday

### Tuesday October 24

played around a little with gyroscopes;

collected data for Forces Lab (write-up due next Tuesday);

worked on making an egg-drop apparatus;

quiz tomorrow on rotational inertia

### Monday October 23

reviewed everything done just before class trip;

discussed packaging theory to minimize forces felt by collisions;

problems p.251-253 #56, 59, 62, 66, 67, 74, 77, 79 (due Friday)

### Tuesday October 17

no class, due to Senior Class Trip

### Monday October 16

no class, due to Senior Class Trip

### Friday October 13

defined/discussed momentum and its conservation;

defined/discussed angular momentum and its conservation;

demonstrated conservation of momentum with bicycle wheel and rotating platform

### Thursday October 12

no class, due to college fair;

### Wednesday October 11

discussed equilibrium and worked a problem;

worked problems from the problem set;

read 229-235 (impulse and momentum)

### Tuesday October 10

discussed/demonstrated rotational inertia;

defined/discussed torque;

worked rotational kinematics problem;

read 211-217 equilibrium;

problems pp.223-225 #72-78 even, 82, 84, 87, 88 (due Friday)

### Monday October 9

discussed test 6 & 7;

discussed rotational motion through analogy with linear motion;

worked problems involving angular acceleration;

read 201-210 (rotational dynamics)

### Friday October 6

no class, due to *Fall Festival* preparations

### Thursday, October 5

test 6 & 7;

read: 196-200 (describing rotational motion)

### Wednesday, October 4

reviewed chapters 6 & 7;

worked problems from the problem sets;

test 6 & 7 on tomorrow

### Tuesday, October 3

quiz tomorrow on gravitation;

Power Outreach students collected sliding friction lab data;

test 6 & 7 on Thursday

### Monday, October 2

reviewed everything done last week for those who were gone on Power Outreach;

worked problems involving gravitation;

quiz tomorrow on gravitation

### Friday, September 29

collected data for the Sliding Friction Lab;

briefly considered problems from problem set 7: pp.191-193 #54, 58, 62, 70, 76, 82, 84, 86

### Thursday, September 28

discussed satellites and Kepler’s 3rd law of planetary motion;

discussed synchronous-orbit communication satellites and their properties;

get started on problem set 7: pp.191-193 #54, 58, 62, 70, 76, 82, 84, 86

### Wednesday, September 27

quiz on centripetal force;

discussed Newton’s expression for universal gravitation;

worked examples of gravitational force;

read: pp.179-185 (using universal gravitation)

### Tuesday, September 26

quiz on projectile motion;

worked problems from the chapter 6 problem set;

read: pp.171-178 (universal gravitation)

### Monday, September 25

no class, due to View Southern

### Friday, September 22

no class, due to Field Day

### Thursday, September 21

finished watching the dropped vs. fired bullet thought experiment as investigated by Myth Busters;

discussed/demonstrated The Monkey and the Hunter;

worked on chapter 6 problem set;

continue working on chapter 6 problems: pp 165-167 #52, 56, 58, 60, 62, 66, 68, 74 (due Wednesday)

### Wednesday, September 20

pseudo-quiz on projectile motion;

discussed/demonstrated centripetal force and centrifugal force;

began watching the dropped vs. fired bullet thought experiment as investigated by Myth Busters;

start working on chapter 6 problems: pp 165-167 #52, 56, 58, 60, 62, 66, 68, 74 (due Wednesday)

### Tuesday, September 19

discussed test over chapters 4 & 5;

discussed projectile motion;

read 153-159 (circular motion)

### Monday, September 18

test over chapters 4 & 5;

read: 147-152 (projectile motion);

get the acceleration lab write-up in ASAP

### Friday, September 8

no class, due to Community Outreach Day

### Thursday, September 7

worked an acceleration problem on a slope;

looked over friction simulations at PhET;

took a brief ride to demonstrate non-anti-lock brakes;

test 4 & 5 will be Monday; BWCA participants need to take it before leaving Sunday

### Wednesday, September 6

demonstrated graphical analysis of the acceleration data;

took a brief ride to demonstrate anti-lock brakes, illustrating static vs. kinetic friction;

worked some statics problems;

test 4 & 5 will be Monday; BWCA participants need to take it before leaving Sunday

### Tuesday, September 5

quiz on sliding friction;

worked problems from the chapter 5 problem set

### Monday, September 4

pseudo-quiz on sliding friction;

worked problems from the chapter 5 problem set;

demonstrated with a spreadsheet the analysis of the acceleration data;

problem set 5 due tomorrow

### Friday, September 1

worked an additional sliding friction problems involving angles;

worked in the media center acquiring acceleration data from phone video;

problem set 5 due Tuesday

### Thursday, August 31

recollected acceleration data;

worked a variety of sliding friction problems involving angles

### Wednesday, August 30

quiz over vector addition;

tried working with acceleration data;

briefly discussed sliding friction;

due date for lab postponed until next week

### Tuesday, August 29

pseudo-quiz on analytical vector addition (real quiz likely tomorrow);

went to the media center to extract acceleration lab data from the video;

problem set 5: pp 141-143 #80, 82, 86, 90, 92, 96, 98, 104 (due Monday)

### Monday, August 28

discussed/demonstrated graphical vector addition;

discussed/demonstrated analytical vector addition

### Friday, August 25

no class, due to senior survival

### Thursday, August 24

discussed chapter 4 problems;

discussed the density lab;

tried to upload the video of the free-fall for our acceleration lab;

read: 126-135 (forces and friction)

### Wednesday, August 23

discussed Newton’s laws;

demonstrated the 1st law with water cup pyramid;

worked on the density lab write-up (due tomorrow);

chapter 4 problems: p.113 #60, 64, 68, 70, 72, 76, 80 (due next Wednesday)

### Tuesday, August 22

discussed Friday’s test;

density lab write-up due-date postponed till Thursday;

read: 96-107 (Newton’s 2nd and 3rd law)

### Monday, August 21

no class, due to solar eclipse

### Friday, August 18

test 1-3;

read: pp. 87-95 (Newton’s Laws)

### Thursday, August 17

quiz on acceleration;

worked problems from the homework set;

test 1-3 tomorrow

### Wednesday, August 16

collected data for the Density Lab;

worked more acceleration problems, free-fall problems;

test 1-3 on Friday

### Tuesday, August 15

discussed some of the details of doing the Density Lab tomorrow;

worked more acceleration problems, free-fall problems;

look over the Density Lab handout

### Monday, August 14

discussed the uncertainty worksheet (due tomorrow);

worked more acceleration problems, free-fall problems;

problems p.81-84 #74, 78, 82, 84, 86, 88, 94, 100, 106, 110 (due Friday)

### Friday, August 11

briefly discussed chapter 1 problem set;

reviewed arithmetic with error terms;

discussed graphing with error terms;

Read pp. 65-75 (working with acceleration)

finish up the uncertainty worksheet (due Tuesday)

### Thursday, August 10

discussed chapter 1 problem set (due tomorrow);

discussed accelerated motion;

worked problems involving acceleration;

Read pp. 57-64 (acceleration)

get started on the uncertainty worksheet (due Tuesday)

### Wednesday, August 9

discussed a few problems from chapter 1;

reviewed working with error terms;

discussed graphing motion (position vs. time);

Read pp. 43-47 (measuring speeds)

problems pp. 25-28 #54, 60, 68, 70, 72, 76, 90 (due Friday)

get started on the uncertainty worksheet (due Monday)

### Tuesday, August 8

discussed fundamental units and dimensional analysis;

discussed significant figure rules;

discussed/practiced working with error terms;

Read pp. 31-42 (1-D motion)

### Monday, August 7

passed out textbooks; explained course description;

considered some counterintuitive phenomena;

Read pp. 3-14 (units & measurements)