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?

## General Physics A I (Fall, 2017)

Lecturer:Prof. Hsiu-Hau LINSchedule:10:10 - 12:00 on Tuesdays and ThursdaysTextbook: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 1Sep 12: Course introduction

Sep 14:

What is time?Week 2Sep 19: Lorentz transformation

Sep 21:

How to describe a dynamical system?Week 3Sep 26: Newton's second law

Sep 28: 教師節

Week 4Oct 3: Simple harmonic motion

Oct 5:

Do forces always appear in pairs?Week 5Oct 10: 國慶日

Oct 12: Center of mass

Week 6Oct 17: midterm 1 (Q1-Q3)

Oct 19: midterm 1 discussions

Week 7Oct 24:

Is energy always conserved?Oct 26: Conservative force and potential energy

Week 8Oct 31: Energy, energy, energy

Nov 2:

How does a rotating top maintain its balance?Week 9Nov 7: Moment of inertia

Nov 9: Coriolis effect

Week 10Nov 14:

Are black holes black?Nov 16: Gravity and spacetime curvature

Week 11Nov 21:

Is pressure in liquids a scalar, a vector or a tensor?Nov 23: Hagen-Poiseuille equation

Week 12Nov 28: midterm 2 (Q4-Q7)

Nov 30: midterm 2 discussions

Week 13Dec 5:

What is propagating in traveling waves?Dec 7: Wave equation

Week 14Dec 12: Wave equation 2

Dec 14: Sound waves

Week 15Dec 19:

How is thermal equilibrium reached?Dec 21: Heat and the first law of thermodynamics

Week 16Dec 26: Heat and the first law of thermodynamics 2

Dec 28:

How to quantify uncertainty in a statistical system?Week 17Jan 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