General Physics A II (Spring, 2018)

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 II)

Q11: Why are most materials charge neutral?
Q12: What causes lightning?
Q13: Can magnetic forces do work?
Q14: How does the geomagnetic field arise?
Q15: Why can light propagate in vacuum?
Q16: What is the nature of light?
Q17: Why are atoms stable?
Q18: How is the secret of life encoded?
Q19: How can we date fossils?
Q20: What are the building blocks of our universe?


Class Lectures


Week 1
Feb 22: Course Introduction

Week 2
Feb 27: Why are most materials charge neutral?
Mar 1: electric field

Week 3
Mar 6: Gauss law
Mar 8: What causes lightning?

Week 4
Mar 13: electrostatic potential energy
Mar 15: Can magnetic forces do work?

Week 5
Mar 20: magnetic dipoles
Mar 22: Hall effect

Week 6
Mar 27: Midterm 1 (Q11, Q12, Q13)
Mar 29: Midterm 1 discussions

Week 7
Apr 3: How does the geomagnetic field arise?
Apr 5: 清明節

Week 8
Apr 10: Biot-Savart law
Apr 12: Ampere law

Week 9
Apr 17: Why can light propagate in vacuum?
Apr 19: Faraday's law

Week 10
Apr 24: energy in magnetic field
Apr 26: Maxwell equations

Week 11
May 1: Maxwell equations 2
May 3: What is the nature of light?

Week 12
May 8: resolution limit of light
May 10: photons

Week 13
May 15: Midterm 2 (Q14, Q15, Q16)
May 17: Midterm 2 discussions

Week 14
May 22: Why are atoms stable?
May 24: uncertainty principles

Week 15
May 29: Schrodinger equation
May 31: energy quantization

Week 16
June 5: quantum tunnelling
June 7: magic numbers in periodic table

Week 17
June 12: How is the secret of life encoded?
June 14: quantum theory of solids

(Skipped Materials)
Q19-1: How can we date fossils?
Q19-2: magnetic resonance imaging
Q20-1: What are the building blocks of our universe?
Q20-2: after the big bang

Week 18 (Final Week)
June 19: Final (Q17, Q18)
June 21: Final discussions