Spring 2022 Contemporary Challenges

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1 Wednesday
Introduction, Quantities, not just numbers
SEWHA Chapter 1
SEWHA Chapter 2
SEWHA Chapter 3
SEWHA Chapter 8
You might also enjoy a talk by David MacKay

2 Friday 9/24
Quantities, not just numbers

3 Monday
Energy flow
SEWHA Appendix A: Cars
SEWHA Appendix A: Cars II
SEWHA Appendix B: Wind II
SEWHA Appendix F: Waves II
6 Ideas Unit T: Ch 1 pages 4-14

4 Wednesday

5 Friday 10/1

6 Monday
Irreversibility
"6 Ideas Unit T" by Thomas Moore:
  1. Ch 2 (first half of chapter) pages 20-24 “Macrostates and microstates”
  2. Ch 3 pages 38-47 “Entropy and Temperature”
Youtube videos:
  1. How entropy powers the Earth by MinutePhysics
  2. What is not random? by Veritasium
Monte Carlo video (redundant with today's lecture?): Monte Carlo and multiplicity (6:28)

7 Wednesday
Entropy and heat

8 Friday 10/8
Temperature and entropy

9 Monday
Work and engines
"6 Ideas Unit T" by Thomas Moore:
  1. Section T5.4 Equipartition Theorem
  2. Section T5.5 The Ideal Gas Law
  3. Chapter T7 Gas Processes

10 Wednesday
Gasses

11 Friday 10/15
Gasses, continued
Optional video about Carnot Cycle (9:33)

12 Monday
Midterm exam

13 Wednesday
Equipartition theorem

14 Friday 10/22
Quantum mechanics and equipartition
Video answer to why only quadratic terms obey equipartition (3:35)

15 Monday
Math communication and dimension checking

16 Wednesday
Vibration and rotation
"6 Ideas Unit Q" by Thomas Moore:
  1. Chapter 1 pages 4-12 Wave Models
  2. Chapter 2 pages 20-29 Standing Waves and Resonance

17 Friday 10/29
Waves

18 Monday
Boundary conditions and musical instruments
"6 Ideas Unit Q" by Thomas Moore:
  1. Chapter 11 “Spectra”
  2. Chapter 5 “The Wave Nature of Particles (de Broglie wavelength)”
  3. Section 10.3 “A Quanton in a Box”
Videos to watch:
  1. Electron microscopes explained by Physics Girl

19 Wednesday
Spectra

20 Friday 11/5
Spectra continued

21 Monday
Double-slit experiment and quantum weirdness

22 Wednesday
Photons
"6 Ideas Unit Q" by Thomas Moore:
  1. Chapter 4 “The Particle Nature of Light”

23 Friday 11/12
Planck's Law and Stefan Boltzmann Law

24 Monday
Midterm

25 Wednseday
Thermal radiation

26 Friday 11/19
Temperature of Earth

27 Monday
Radiation and energy flow

28 Wednesday
Earth under plexiglass

Friday 11/26
Thanksgiving break

29 Monday 11/29
Fission and fusion
Size scale and energy scale and nuclei

30 Wednesday

31 Friday 12/3