Physics 207, University Physics I: AP-C Waves
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Don't forget: Final Exam on Tuesday, Mar 17, at 6:30 PM!
You might want to do some
practice problems to warm up for the exam.
There are even full worked-out solutions for each one!
Outline for the course, class schedule, etc.
You might also find it useful to read material from
regular University Physics I workshop class.
Are you a physics major? If so, consider the
advice from one of my fellow physics instructors.
- Week 1, Day A:
Introduction, review of diffeq,
measurements of a spring
- Week 1, Day B:
Theory of Simple Harmonic Motion (SHM);
example with measurements
- Week 2, Day A:
Dealing with uncertainties
- Week 2, Day B:
The pendulum, in theory and practice
- Week 3, Day A:
- Week 3, Day B:
SHM and waves
- Week 4, Day A:
Wave equations, energy, power
- Tues, Feb 17, 6:30 - 7:45 PM: Test in 08-1305
- Week 4, Day B:
When waves meet -- the simple version
- Week 5, Day A:
Standing waves, part I
- Week 5, Day B:
Standing waves, part II
- Week 6, Day A:
When waves meet: interference via phasors
- Week 6, Day B:
- Week 7, Day A:
Waves and musical instruments; ring the rod expt
- Week 7, Day B:
When waves of different frequencies meet (beats);
the Doppler effect
- Tues, Mar 17, 6:30 PM: Final Exam, room 08-1305
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Introduction to Webwork system
due Thursday, Jan 29, at 2:00 PM.
Simple statistics, masses on a spring
due Thursday, Feb 5, at 2:00 PM.
due Thursday, Feb 12, at 2:00 PM.
due Thursday, Feb 26, at 2:00 PM.
due Thursday, Mar 12, at 2:00 PM.
due Monday, Mar 16, at 2:00 PM.
Extra Credit Projects
Estimate the density of a comet
- The Pendulum
- Record a Wave
- Measure the Speed of Sound in Air
- Detect the Doppler Effect
For more information:
- Both Professor Lindberg and I have tried to explain
the rules for dealing with uncertainties in measurements.
- Know it all? Try solving some of the
Duke Physics Challenges
can propel a spacecraft through the solar system without
any fuel. How? It's just conservation of momentum ....
If you want to get into the messy details of
sending spacecraft to another planet, check out
The Insultingly Stupid Movie Physics site
tries (futilely, no doubt) to point out how Hollywood ignores
- A good place to look for information on the solar system is
The Nine Planets.
- Information about the Earth's oceans can be found at
the Argo Project's web page.
The Physics Video Library
has many movies of objects in motion, and suggestions for
analyzing the films.
This page maintained by Michael Richmond.
Last modified Jan 25, 2015.