# Physics 131 Schedule Fall 2011

## (Note: This schedule is TENTATIVE and subject to frequent change)

 Class Class number Reading Assignments (online with commentary in MP due 9 PM prev eve.) Assignments (Due at beginning of lecture) Content Lab Recitation Week 1 No lab-- Survey (FMCE) 8/31 1 R110831 Why is this class different from all other classes? 9/2 2 R110902 Mechanism, Measurement, and Math: Dimensions and units Week 2 No lab-- Scaling and estimation 9/7 3 R110907 HW 1 Coordinates, Graphs, Vectors 9/9 4 R110909 Rate of change and velocity -- instantaneous and average Week 3: Lab 1 -- Measurement Cheetah and antelope 9/12 5 R110912 Graphs: Velocity and consistency Quiz 1 9/14 6 R110914 HW 2 Acceleration 9/16 7 None Physical content of Newton's laws Week 4 Lab 2-- Grandfather clock:1 Woodpecker 9/19 8 R110919 What's a force? Quiz 2 9/21 9 R110921 HW 3 Newton 0, 1, and 2 9/23 10 R110923 The implications game; Newton's 3rd Law Week 5 Lab 3 -- Grandfather clock:2 Water coat forces 9/26 11 R110926 Forces: Springs Quiz 3 9/28 12 R110928 HW 4 Forces: Tension and normal forces 9/30 13 R110930 Forces: Friction, Viscosity, and Drag Week 6 Lab 4 -- Let it roll 10/3 14 R111003 Forces: Gravity Quiz 4 10/5 15 None HW 5 Review 10/7 16 MIDTERM EXAM 1 Week 7 Lab 4 -- Let it roll part 2 10/10 17 None Go over exam 1 10/12 18 R111012 HW 6 Electric charge 10/14 19 R111014 Forces: Electricity 10/14 Make up exam 1 Week 8 Lab 5 -- Endangered creatures 10/17 20 R111017 Electrical examples Quiz 5 10/19 21 R111019 HW 7 Momentum and momentum conservation 10/21 22 R111021 Properties of solids Week 9 Lab 6 -- No free launch:1 10/24 23 R111024 Basics of fluids: Pressure Quiz 6 10/26 24 R111026 HW 8 Buoyancy 10/27 25 R111028 Fluid flow Week 10 Lab 7 --No free launch:2 10/31 26 R111031 Work and Energy Quiz 7 11/2 27 R111102 HW 9 Potential energy 11/4 28 R111104 Various kinds of PE Week 11 Lab 8 -- Roller coaster:1 11/7 29 R111107 Mechanical energy conservation Quiz 8 11/9 30 HW 10 Review 11/11 31 MIDTERM EXAM 2 Week 12 Lab 9 -- Roller coaster:2 11/14 32 Go over exam 2 11/16 33 R111116 Molecular forces and energies 11/18 34 R111118 Chemical energy:bonds Week 13 No lab-- 11/21 35 R111121 Heat and temperature Quiz 9 11/21 Makeup exam 2 11/23 36 None HW 11 Guest lecture: RNA Polymerase, the Ribosome and the Work-Energy theorem (Prof. La Porta) Week 14 Lab 10 -- Gravity:1 11/28 37 R111128 Kinetic theory of gas: Molecular interpretation of pressure and temperature 11/30 38 R111130 HW 12 Energy -- 1st law 12/2 39 R111202 Random motion and diffusion Week 15 Lab 11 -- Gravity:2 12/5 40 R111205 Fick's law Quiz 10 12/7 41 R111207 HW 13 Motivating the 2nd law 12/9 42 R111209 Entropy 12/12 43 R111212 HW 14 Transforming organization: The second law 12/21 FINAL EXAM (8:00-12:00)

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UP="Understanding Physics" by Cummings et al.
K = "College Physics" by Knight, Jones, & Field
T = "Introductory Physics: Building Understanding" by Touger

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