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General Physics A I (Fall, 2017)

Lecturer: Prof. Hsiu-Hau LIN

Schedule: 10:10 - 12:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Textbook: Physics for Scientists and Engineers (9th edition, Serway and Jewett)

You can find the lecture videos in NTHU OpenCourseWare

Ten-Question Syllabus (Semester I)

Q1: What is time?

Q2: How to describe a dynamical system?

Q3: Do forces always appear in pairs?

Q4: Is energy always conserved?

Q5: How does a rotating top maintain its balance?

Q6: Are black holes black?

Q7: Is pressure in liquids a scalar, a vector or a tensor?

Q8: What is propagating in traveling waves?

Q9: How is thermal equilibrium reached?

Q10: How to quantify uncertainty in a statistical system?

Class Lectures

Week 1

Sep 12: Course introduction

Sep 14: What is time?

Week 2

Sep 19: Lorentz transformation

Sep 21: How to describe a dynamical system?

Week 3

Sep 26: Newton's second law

Sep 28: 教師節

Week 4

Oct 3: Simple harmonic motion

Oct 5: Do forces always appear in pairs?

Week 5

Oct 10: 國慶日

Oct 12: Center of mass

Week 6

Oct 17: midterm 1 (Q1-Q3)

Oct 19: midterm 1 discussions

Week 7

Oct 24: Is energy always conserved?

Oct 26: Conservative force and potential energy

Week 8

Oct 31: Energy, energy, energy

Nov 2: How does a rotating top maintain its balance?

Week 9

Nov 7: Moment of inertia

Nov 9: Coriolis effect

Week 10

Nov 14: Are black holes black?

Nov 16: Gravity and spacetime curvature

Week 11

Nov 21: Is pressure in liquids a scalar, a vector or a tensor?

Nov 23: Hagen-Poiseuille equation

Week 12

Nov 28: midterm 2 (Q4-Q7)

Nov 30: midterm 2 discussions

Week 13

Dec 5: What is propagating in traveling waves?

Dec 7: Wave equation

Week 14

Dec 12: Wave equation 2

Dec 14: Sound waves

Week 15

Dec 19: How is thermal equilibrium reached?

Dec 21: Heat and the first law of thermodynamics

Week 16

Dec 26: Heat and the first law of thermodynamics 2

Dec 28: How to quantify uncertainty in a statistical system?

Week 17

Jan 2: Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics

Jan 4: thermal and information entropy

Week 18 (Final Week)

Jan 9: final (Q8-Q10)

Jan 11: final discussions