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