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2014 ACE Award (Open Education Consortium)

OCW designed by Professor Hsiu-Hau LIN
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
L1: Course introduction
L2: Q1: What is time?

Week 2
L3: Lorentz transformation
L4: Q2: How to describe a dynamical system?

Week 3
L5: Newton's second law
L6: Simple harmonic motion

Week 4
L7: Q3: Do forces always appear in pairs?
L8: Center of mass

Week 5
midterm 1 (Q1-Q3)
midterm 1 discussions

Week 6
L9: Q4: Is energy always conserved?
L10: Conservative force and potential energy

Week 7
L11: Energy, energy, energy
L12: Q5: How does a rotating top maintain its balance?

Week 8
L13: Moment of inertia
L14: Coriolis effect

Week 9
L15: Q6: Are black holes black?
L16: Gravity and spacetime curvature

Week 10
L17: Q7: Is pressure in liquids a scalar, a vector or a tensor?
L18: Hagen-Poiseuille equation

Week 11
midterm 2 (Q4-Q7)
midterm 2 discussions

Week 12
L19: Q8: What is propagating in traveling waves?
L20: Wave equation

Week 13
L21: Wave equation 2
L22: Sound waves

Week 14
L23: Q9: How is thermal equilibrium reached?
L24: Heat and the first law of thermodynamics

Week 15
L25: Heat and the first law of thermodynamics 2
L26: Q10: How to quantify uncertainty in a statistical system?

Week 16
L27: Entropy and the second law of thermodynamics
L28: thermal and information entropy

Week 17
final (Q8-Q10)

Week 18 (Final Week)
final discussions