Monday, July 2, 2012


Correlates roughly with Young and Freedman's University Physics, 12th edition.

Unit 1: Basic Mechanics (chaps 1-10)
1. Introduction
1.1-2 Introducing Physics
1.3-6 Units, Significant Figures, Estimates
1.7-9 Vectors, Vector Addition, Vector Components
1.10a Vector Products 1: The Dot Product (see also this calculus version)
1.10b Vector Products 2: The Cross Product (see also this calculus version)

2. Motion in One Dimension
2.1 Distance, Displacement, Speed, and Velocity
2.2-3 Instantaneous Velocity and Acceleration (also average)
2.4 Motion with Constant Acceleration (Velocity Equations)
2.5 Free Fall Acceleration
*2.6 Velocity and Position by Integration

3. Motion in Two or Three Dimensions
3.1 Position and Velocity Vectors
3.2 Acceleration Vectors
3.3 Projectile Motion
3.4 Circular Motion
3.5 Relative Velocity

4. Newton's Laws of Motion
4.1 What is a force?
4.2 Newton's First Law (inertia)
4.3 Newton's Second Law (F=ma)
4.4 Mass is not Weight
4.5 Newton's Third Law (every action has an equal and opposite reaction)
4.6 Free Body Diagrams (solving force problems)

5. Applying Newton's Laws
5.1 Applying Newton's First Law
5.2 Applying Newton's Second Law
5.3a Frictional Forces
5.3b Fluid Friction
5.4 Dynamics of Circular Motion
*5.5 Fundamental Forces

6. Work and Kinetic Energy
6.1 Work
6.2 Work-Energy Theorem
6.3 Work when the force or direction varies
6.4 Power

7. Potential Energy and Energy Conservation
7.1 Gravitational Potential Energy (close to earth's surface)
7.2 Elastic Potential Energy
7.3 The Law of Conservation of Energy
7.4 Force and Potential Energy

8. Momentum, Impulse, and Collisions
8.1 Momentum and Impulse
8.2 Conservation of Momentum
8.3 Types of Collisions
8.4 Elastic Collisions
8.5 Center of Mass
*8.6 Rocket Propulsion

9. Rotation
9.1 Angular Velocity and Acceleration (see here for review of radian measurement)
9.2 Angular Velocity Formulas
9.3 Relating Angular and Linear Velocities (see here for motion in a circle)
9.4 Energy and Rotating Bodies
9.5-6 Parallel Axis Theorem (and deriving moment of inertia equations by integration)

10. Dynamics of Rotation
10.1 Torque
10.2 Torque and Angular Acceleration (see here for Newton's second law)
10.3 Rigid Body Rotating and Moving
10.4 Work and Power (rotational motion) (see chapter 6 for straight line motion)
10.5-6 Angular Momentum and Its Conservation (see chapter 8 for linear equivalents)
10.7 Gyroscopes and Precession

Unit 2: Waves and Thermodynamics (chaps 11-20)
11. Equilibrium and Elasticity
11.1 Conditions for Equilibrium
11.2 Center of Gravity (see 8.5 for center of mass)
11.3 Solving Equilibrium Problems (rigid bodies)
11.4a Introducing Stress and Strain (see 6.3 for an earlier mention of Hooke's Law for springs)
11.4b Types of Stress
11.5 Elasticity and Plasticity

12. Gravitation
12.1 Newton's Law of Gravitation
12.2 Weight
12.3 Gravitational Potential Energy (at any distance from earth; see 7.1 for U at surface)
12.4 The Motion of Satellites (see 3.4 on circular motion)
12.5 Kepler's Three Laws of Planetary Motion
12.6 and 12.7 Spherical Mass Distribution and Apparent Weight due to rotation
12.8 Black Holes

13. Periodic Motion
13.1 Basic Terms for Oscillation
13.2a Simple Harmonic Motion (including connection to circular motion)
13.2b SHM (distance, velocity, acceleration, phase angle, amplitude)
13.3 Energy in Simple Harmonic Motion
13.4 Applications of SHM (vertical SHM, angular SHM, and molecules [binomial theorem])
13.5-6 Pendulums and SHM
13.7 Damped Oscillations
13.8 Forced Oscillations and Resonance

14. Fluid Mechanics
14.1 Density
14.2 Pressure in a Fluid
14.3 Buoyancy
14.4 Fluid Flow
14.5 Bernoulli's Equation
*14.6 Viscosity and Turbulence

15. Mechanical Waves
15.1 Types of Mechanical Waves
15.2 Periodic Waves
15.3a The Wave Function
15.3b The Wave Equation
15.4 The Speed of a Wave
15.5 The Energy of a Wave
15.6 Interference, Boundary Conditions, and Superposition
15.7 Standing Waves on a String
15.8 Normal Modes on a String

16. Sound and Hearing
16.1 Sound Waves
16.2 Speed of Sound Waves
16.3 Sound Intensity
16.4 Standing Sound Waves and Normal Modes
16.5-6 Resonance and Interference
16.7 Beat Frequencies
16.8 The Doppler Effect
*16.9 Shock Waves

17. Temperature and Heat
17.1 Temperature and Thermal Equilibrium
17.2 Thermometers and Temperature Scales
17.3 Gas Thermometers and the Kelvin Scale
17.4 Thermal Expansion
17.5 Quantity of Heat
17.6 Calorimetry and Phase Changes
17.7 Mechanisms of Heat Transfer

18. Thermal Properties of Matter
18.1 Equations of State (including ideal gas law, see also this chemistry version)
18.2 Molecular Properties of Matter
18.3a The Kinetic Molecular Model I (Collisions and Gas Pressure)
18.3b KMT II (Kinetic Energy of Molecules)
18.3c KMT III (Molecular Speeds, Collision Times and Paths)
18.4 Heat Capacities
18.5* Molecular Speeds
18.6 Phases of Matter

Unit 3: Electromagnetism (chaps 21-32)
21. Electric Charge and Electric Field
21.1 Electric Charge
21.2 Conductors, Insulators, and Induction
21.3 Coulomb's Law


Unit 4: Modern Physics (chaps 33-44)
33. The Nature of Light

37. Relativity
37.1 The Invariance of Physical Laws

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