Lecturer: Prof. Hsiu-Hau LIN

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

Textbook: Physics for Scientists and Engineers (Serway and Jewett)

Note:

(1) This course follows a 16-week syllabus with extra learning materials available

online:

https://www.youtube.com/@prof-hedgehog

(2) AI tools (like ChatGPT) are allowed with necessary explanations.

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

Course introduction

What is time?

Week 2

Lorentz transformation

How to describe a dynamical system?

Week 3

Newton's second law

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Week 4

Do forces always appear in pairs?

Center of mass

Week 5

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Is energy always conserved?

Week 6

Conservative force and potential energy

How does a rotating top maintain its balance?

Week 7

Moment of inertia

Coriolis effect

Week 8

midterm (Q1-Q5)

midterm 2 discussions

Week 9

Are black holes black?

Gravity and spacetime curvature

Week 10

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

Hagen-Poiseuille equation

Week 11

What is propagating in traveling waves?

Wave equation

Week 12

Wave equation 2

Sound waves

Week 13

How is thermal equilibrium reached?

Heat and the first law of thermodynamics

Week 14

Heat and the first law of thermodynamics 2

How to quantify uncertainty in a statistical system?

Week 15

Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics

thermal and information entropy

Week 16

final (Q6-Q10)

final discussions