# Course Schedule

## Physics 131, Fall 2012 Profs. W. Losert & E. F. Redish

(Note: This schedule is tentative and subject to change)

 Class Class number Reading Assignments (online with commentary in MP due 10 PM prev eve.) Assignments (Due at beginning of lecture) Content Lab/Quizzes Recitation Week 1 No lab-- 8/29 1 R120829 Why is this class different from all other classes? Connecting Physics to the Life Sciences 8/31 2 R120831 Mechanism, Measurement, and Math: Dimensions and units Week 2 Survey (FMCE) How Big is a Worm 9/5 3 R120905 Coordinates, Graphs, Vectors 9/7 4 R120907 HW 1 Rate of change and velocity -- instantaneous and average Week 3: Lab 1 -- Introduction to Excel The Meaning of Speed 9/10 5 R120910 Graphs: Velocity and consistency Quiz 1 9/12 6 R120912 Acceleration 9/14 7 R120914 HW 2 Physical content of Newton's laws Week 4 Lab 2-- Introduction to ImageJ Listeria 9/17 8 R120917 What's a force? Quiz 2 9/19 9 R120919 Newton 0, 1, and 2 9/21 10 R120921 HW 3 The implications game; Newton's 3rd Law Week 5 Lab 3 -- Directed motion: 1 Counterintuitive Ideas: Newton's Third Law 9/24 11 R120924 Forces: Springs Quiz 3 9/26 12 R120926 Forces: Tension and normal forces 9/28 13 R120928 HW 4 Forces: Friction, Viscosity, and Drag Week 6 Lab 4 -- Directed motion: 2 Exploring Resistive Forces 10/1 14 R121001 Forces: Gravity Quiz 4 10/3 15 None Review 10/5 16 MIDTERM EXAM 1 Week 7 Lab 5 -- Random motion: 1 The Spring Constant of DNA 10/8 17 None Go over exam 1 10/10 18 R121010 Electric charge 10/12 19 R121012 HW 5 Forces: Electricity 10/12 Make up exam 1 Week 8 Lab 6 -- Random motion: 2 Breaking Down Vectors 10/15 20 R121015 Coulomb's law and fields Feedback 10/17 21 None Electrical examples 10/19 22 R121019 HW 6 Momentum and momentum conservation Week 9 Lab 7 -- Random and directed motion combined 1 When do Atoms Bond? 10/22 23 R121022 Random motion and diffusion Quiz 5 10/24 24 R121024 Fick's law 10/26 25 R121026 HW 7 Kinetic theory of gas: The ideal gas law Week 10 Lab 8 --Random and directed motion combined 2 Aquatic Life: Fluids, Pressure, and Buoyancy 10/29 26 NO CLASS HURRICANE 10/31 27 R121029 Basics of fluids: Pressure Quiz 6 11/2 28 R121102 HW 8 Buoyancy Week 11 Lab 9 -- Fluid flow: 1 Connecting Forces to Energy 11/5 29 R121105 Fluid flow Quiz 7 11/7 30 R121107 The HP Equation 11/9 31 MIDTERM EXAM 2 Week 12 Lab 10 -- Fluid flow:2 Protein Stability 11/12 32 Go over exam 2 11/14 33 Fluid examples 11/16 Makeup exam 2 11/16 34 R121116 HW 9 Work and Energy Week 13 No lab-- Energy Skate Park 11/19 35 R121119 Potential Energy Quiz 8 11/21 36 R121121 Mechanical energy conservation Week 14 Lab 11 -- Individual project Diffusion & Energy Spreading 11/26 37 R121126 Energy conservation examples Quiz 9 11/28 38 R121128 Molecular forces and energies 11/30 39 R121130 HW 10 Heat and temperature Week 15 Lab 12 -- Individual project Temperature Regulation 12/3 40 R121203 Energy -- 1st law Quiz 10 12/5 41 R121205 Motivating the 2nd law 12/7 42 None HW 11 Entropy Week 16 Makeup Lab Survey (FMCE) 12/10 43 R121210 Transforming organization: The second law 12/15 or 12/19 FINAL EXAM LOSERT: 12/15 (8:00-10:00) REDISH: 12/19 (8:00-10:00)