Schedule -- Antonsen

You can find an overview of the readings for this class (plus readings I am not assigning) at: Working Content II

Notes: This schedule is tentative and subject to change. For BOLD Reading Assignments, you need to write a summary and ask a question online in Webassign. This is due 10 PM the previous evening.

The content column links to slides from the PowerPoint presentation used in class. They will be posted either just before or just after the class takes place. Note that these slides only represent a skeleton of the presentation and do not include solutions to problems and questions posed, derivations, or representations of class discussions. If you miss a class, these notes do not suffice to fill you in on what happened! Be sure to check with someone who actually attended. The files are Adobe PDF files.


Date Class Reading Content Quiz

Week 1

Recitation: Surveys and Intro Lab: Survey and Intro
1/27 1

1.Introduction to the class
1.1The disciplines: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Math
1.1.1Science as making models
1.1.4What Physics can do for Biologists
1.2 Thinking about Thinking and Knowing
1.2.1 The nature of scientific knowledge

Introduction to the Class
1/29 2 6.4.1 Energy at the sub-molecular level
6.4.2 Atomic and Molecular forces
Physics Perspective on Chemical Bonds
1/31 3 Physics Perspective on Chemical Energy

Week 2

Recitation: Lab 6: Modeling Fluid Flow
2/3 4 Interlude 2: The Micro to Macro Connection
7. Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
7.1 Kinetic theory: the ideal gas law
7.2 The 1st law of thermodynamics
First Law Quiz 1
2/5 5 7.2.1Organizing the idea of energy
Energy Sharing and Distributions
2/7 6 7.2.3Thermodynamic equilibrium and equipartition
7.3.1The 2nd law of thermodynamics: a probabilistic law
Energy Sharing and Distributions

Week 3

Recitation: Lab 6: Modeling Fluid Flow
2/10 7 7.3The 2nd law of thermodynamics
7.3.2Implications of the second law of thermodynamics: entropy entropy is logarithmic of the second law of thermodynamics
Entropy Quiz 2
2/12 8 way to think about entropy -- sharing and heat flow
Second Law of Thermodynamics
2/14 9 7.3.3 Free energy the Gibbs free energy free energy
Free Energy

Week 4

Recitation: Lab 7: Analyzing electric forces in a fluid
2/17 10 7.3.4 How energy is distributed distribution distribution and Gibbs free energy
7.3.4 How energy is distributed
Free Energy Examples
2/19 11 4.2.4Electric forces and the structure of matter's law
Gibbs Free Energy Quiz 3
2/21 12's law -- vector character the content in Coulomb's law electric field
Charges and Force

Week 5

Recitation Lab 7: Analyzing electric forces in a fluid
2/24 13 8.1The electric field
8.1.1The concept of field (technical)
8.1.2Making sense of the idea of field
TBA Quiz 3'
2/26 14 Energy sharing model
Review for Exam1 -Sample Questions
2/28 15 No HW due MID TERM 1

Week 6

Recitation: Lab8 : Modeling signal transmission along nerve axons
3/3 16 Go over midterm
3/5 17 8.2The electric potential simple electric model: a line of charge charge integral (technical) simple electric model: a sheet of charge
Electrostatic potential
3/7 18 8.4.2The capacitor

Week 7

Recitation: Lab 8: Modeling signal transmission along nerve axons
3/10 19 8.5Electric current
8.5.1Quantifying electric current
8.5.2Resistive electric flow: Ohm's law
Moving Charges: Current Quiz 5
3/12 20 8.5.3Ways to think about current: A toolbox of models
8.5.4Kirchoff's principles
Kirchoff's principles
3/14 21 Applying Kirchoff: Examples
8.5.5Electrical energy and power
Electrical energy and power

Week 8

Recitation: Lab 9: Geometric optics
3/24 22 8.3.1Screening of electrical interactions in salt solution length
8.3.2Nernst potential
Electric Interactions in Fluids and the Nernst Potential Quiz 6
3/26 23 9.Oscillations and Waves
9.1Harmonic Oscillation
9.1.1Mass on a spring mass on a spring pendulum
Notes on Debye Length
3/28 24 Catching Up Oscillations

Week 9

Recitation: Lab 9: Geometric optics
3/31 25 Catching Up tba Quiz 7
4/2 26 9.1.2Damped Oscillators oscillators - the math (technical)
9.1.3Driven harmonic oscillators: resonance
9.1.5Quantum Oscillators -- discrete states
4/4 27 9.2Waves in 1D
9.2.1Waves on an elastic string
9.2.2Wave pulses a wave pulse - the math

Week 10

Recitation: Lab 10: Analyzing light spectra and exploring implications for living systems
4/7 28 9.2.3Wave speed
9.2.4Superposition of waves in 1D

Waves Quiz 8
4/9 29 Review for Exam2 -Sample Questions Review 2
4/11 30 MID TERM 2

Week 11

Recitation: Lab 10: Analyzing light spectra and exploring implications for living system
4/14 31 Go over midterm
4/16 32 9.2.5Sinusoidal waves
9.3.1The nature of sound
9.3.2Analyzing sounds
sinusoidal waves and sound
4/18 33 10Three models of light

Week 12

Recitation: Lab 11: Exploring complex absorption and emission in molecules
4/21 34 10.1The ray model of light
10.1.1Basic principles of the ray model
Three models of light Quiz 9
4/23 35 10.1.2Flat mirrors
10.1.3Curved mirrors mirror equations
4/25 36 equations
10.1.5 The eye
10.1.6 Optical instruments
Refraction and Lenses

Week 13

Recitation: Lab 11: Exploring complex absorption and emission in molecules
4/28 37 10.2The wave model of light
10.2.1Electromagnetic radiation and Maxwell's rainbow
10.2.3Two-slit interference
Reflection Quiz 10
4/30 38 tba
5/2 39 Guest Lecture: Alison Sweeney, UPenn tba

Week 14

Recitation: Lab: Makeup Labs and Surveys
5/5 40 10.2.4Diffraction from two wide slits
Interference and diffraction Quiz 11
5/7 41 10.3The photon model of light
10.3.1Basic principles of the photon model the wave and photon model - sort of
Photon Model
5/9 42 10.4Color and light
10.5 Interactions of light with matter
10.5.1Visual implications

Week 15

Recitation: Lab: Makeup Labs and Surveys
5/12 43 Sample Final Questions

Final Exam

University of Maryland


Edited by W. Losert January 2014