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Thursday, March 12

quiz on Ohm’s law;
looked at problems from the problem set;
analyzed resistor networks;
keep working on chapter 22 problems:  p.611 #62-70, 76-86 even (due before you leave for break)

Wednesday, March 11

no class, due to tornado cleanup with Samaritan’s Purse;
keep working on chapter 22 problems:  p.611 #62-70, 76-86 even (due before you leave for break)

Tuesday, March 10

reviewed series and parallel circuits;
worked problems analyzing resistor networks;
start working on chapter 22 problems:  p.611 #62-70, 76-86 even (due before you leave for break)

Monday, March 9

reviewed current, voltage, and resistance;
reviewed Ohm’s Law;
examined some resistors to consider the color code;
discussed series and parallel circuits;
discussed resistivity of a conductor;
read:  pp.617-626 (series and parallel)
chapter 22 problems:  p.611 #62-70, 76-86 even (due before you leave for break)


Friday, March 6

discussed test 20 & 21;
discussed schematic diagram symbols;
defined current and resistance;
discussed Ohm’s Law;
read:  pp.601-605 (using electricity)

Thursday, March 5

test 20 & 21;
read:  pp.590-600 (currents and circuits)

Wednesday, March 4

worked more problems;
test 20 & 21 tomorrow

Tuesday, March 3

worked electric field vector addition problems;
quiz on electric field;
test 20 & 21 postponed till Thursday

Monday, March 2

discussed electric field;
worked electric field vector addition problems;
looked at some of the problems on the problem set;
test 20 & 21 on Wednesday


Friday, February 28

discussed the charge distribution on various shaped objects;
discussed capacitors, and calculating the energy stored in them;
get started on problems 21:  pp.585-586 #66, 68, 70, 72, 76, 78, 80, 84, 88 (due next Wednesday)

Thursday, February 27

discussed/contrasted electric field with gravitational field;
looked at a few problems from the homework set;
looked a a video demonstrating a Van de Graff generator;
problems 21:  pp.585-586 #66, 68, 70, 72, 76, 78, 80, 84, 88 (due next Wednesday)

Wednesday, February 26

collected data for the Speed of Sound lab;
read:  pp.569-578 (electric field applications)

Tuesday, February 25

quiz on Coulomb’s law;
discussed capacitance;
demonstrated capacitive discharge;
read:  pp.563-568 (electric field)

Monday, February 24

discussed Coulomb’s law;
worked vector addition problems involving electrostatics;
problem set for chapter 20:  p.559 #42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 60 (due Thursday)


Friday, February 21

discussed test 18 & 19;
experimented with charge distributions on balloons;
defined the Coulomb;
start looking at the problem set for chapter 20:  p.559 #42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 60

Thursday, February 20

test 18 & 19;
read:  pp. 546-553 (electric force)

Wednesday, February 19

further discussed the Rayleigh criterion of resolution;
worked some problems from the problem set;
pseudo-quiz on diffraction gratings;
test 18 & 19 tomorrow

Tuesday, February 18

discussed double-slit interference and single-slit diffraction/interference;
used spectroscopes to view spectral lines of various gasses;
briefly discussed the Rayleigh criterion of resolution;
continue working on chapter 19 problems:  p.536-538 #48, 52, 54, 58, 60 (due Thursday);
test 18 & 19 on Thursday

Monday, February 17

went outside to form images of the sun with convex lenses on various combustibles;
analyzed double-slit interference;
get going on chapter 19 problems:  p.536-538 #48, 52, 54, 58, 60 (due Thursday)


Friday, February 14

continued discussing vision problems and various methods of vision correction;
discussed/demonstrated double-slit interference;
demonstrated single-slit diffraction;
read:  pp. 524-531 (diffraction);

Thursday, February 13

quiz over lens imaging;
discussed eye anatomy ;
discussed vision problems and various methods of vision correction;
if you haven’t already, read:  pp. 515-523 (interference);

Wednesday, February 12

finished collecting data for the simple harmonic motion lab;
worked some problems with the lens makers formula

Tuesday, February 11

collected data for the simple harmonic motion lab;
read:  pp. 515-523 (interference);
chapter 19 problems:  p.536-538 #48, 52, 54, 58, 60 (due next Tuesday)

Monday, February 10

worked problems on refraction;
re-quiz on refraction;
worked a lens imaging problem;
read:  pp. 500-503 (optical instruments)


Friday, January 31

discussed problems from the problem set

Thursday, January 30

discussed problems from the problem set;
pseudoquiz on refraction;
continue working on chapter 18 problems:  pp.509-511 #68-74, 78, 82-86, 90, 94 even (due tomorrow)

Wednesday, January 29

demonstrated total internal reflection;
discussed/examined fiber optic cables;
discussed/examined lenses and lens imaging;
get going on chapter 18 problems:  pp.509-511 #68-74, 78, 82-86, 90, 94 even (due Friday)

Tuesday, January 28

discussed test 16 & 17;
discussed/demonstrated refraction of light through prisms;
defined index of refraction and Snell’s Law;
worked refraction problems;
problems:  pp.509-511 #68-74, 78, 82-86, 90, 94 even (due Friday)
read:  pp.493-499 (lenses)

Monday, January 27

test 16 & 17;
read:  pp.485-492 (refraction)


Friday, January 24

looked at a few problems from the problem set (due Monday);
looked a summary video of the development of the James Webb space telescope;
test 16 & 17 on Monday

Thursday, January 23

finished working through a double mirror imaging scenario;
pseudo-quiz on mirror imaging;
looked more at different telescope designs;
test 16 & 17 on Monday

Wednesday, January 22

quiz on mirror imaging;
worked through a double mirror imaging scenario;
looked at telescope designs;
test 16 & 17 on Monday

Tuesday, January 21

demonstrated mirror imaging;
worked through many scenarios of mirror imaging;
start on chapter 17 problems:  pp.479-480 #56, 57, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 69, 70, 72 (due Friday)

Monday, January 20

looked at a few problems in the problem set;
examined plane mirrors & discussed plane mirror imaging;
examined some curved mirrors;
discussed the handout of algebraic sign conventions for mirror imaging;
continue working on chapter 16 problems:  pp.453 #54-62 even, 63, 65, 66, 69 (due tomorrow)
read:  pp. 464-475 (curved mirrors)


Friday, January 17

discussed Special Relativity and time dilation, as relates to light and light speed;
glanced at a few problems in the problem set;
continue working on chapter 16 problems:  pp.453 #54-62 even, 63, 65, 66, 69 (due Tuesday)
read:  pp. 457-463 (plane mirrors)

Thursday, January 16

reviewed polarized light;
discussed the Doppler effect with light;
watched a video clip on the quantum nature particles and the nature of light;
discussed retinal cones and color blindness;
continue working on chapter 16 problems:  pp.453 #54-62 even, 63, 65, 66, 69 (due Tuesday)

Wednesday, January 15

discussed the electromagnetic spectrum, and specifically the visible spectrum;
discussed color theory (RGB, CMYK, & BYR);
discussed/experimented with polarized light;
discussed the Doppler effect with light;
chapter 16 problems:  pp.453 #54-62 even, 63, 65, 66, 69 (due Tuesday)

Tuesday, January 14

discussed test 14 & 15;
discussed history of light theory, properties of light;
read: pp.439-447 (color, polarization, Doppler effect)

Monday, January 13

test 14 & 15;
read:  pp. 431-438 (light)


Friday, January 10

quiz on resonance in a tube;
discussed/reviewed parts of chapter 15;
test 14 & 15 next Monday

Thursday, January 9

no class, due to community service day

Wednesday, January 8

further analyzed resonance in a tube;
looked at problems in the problem set;
work on problems;
quiz Friday over resonant tubes/strings;
test 14 & 15 next Monday

Tuesday, January 7

analyzed resonance in a tube;
went to Ponce hall to measure how well equalized the PA system is;
work on problems;
test 14 & 15 next Monday

Monday, January 6

further explored harmonic content of a complex tone;
listened to a few segments of The Science of Sound;
problems:  pp.425-427 #52, 54, 58, 61, 64, 66, 68, 72, 76, 78, 82 (due Thursday)


Tuesday, December 17

worked problems on rotational mechanics and fluids;
continue reviewing for semester exam over mechanics, heat, and fluids (12:30 on Thursday)

Monday, December 16

began reviewing for semester exam over mechanics, heat, and fluids (12:30 on Thursday);
problems:  pp.425-427  postponed until after the holidays


Friday, December 13

analyzed the harmonic content of various tones;
bring musical instruments Monday;
problems:  pp.425-427 #52, 54, 58, 61, 64, 66, 68, 72, 76, 78, 82 (due before break)

Thursday, December 12

worked with a string vibrator to watch standing waves under a strobe light;
quiz over decibels;
bring musical instruments tomorrow

Wednesday, December 11

reviewed sound speed, Doppler effect, and decibels;
pseudoquiz over decibels;
bring musical instruments tomorrow

Tuesday, December 10

discussed sound speed as a function of temperature;
discussed the Doppler effect and worked problems on it;
messed around with wave driver;
specific heat lab due tomorrow;
bring musical instruments tomorrow

Monday, December 9

reviewed the frequency range of human hearing (using a smart phone app);
discussed the decibel scale (using smart phone app);
problem set 14 due tomorrow


Friday, December 6

reviewed standing waves, harmonic, & overtones;
discussed some problems from the problem set (due Tuesday);
discussed/experimented with the frequency range of human hearing (using a smart phone app);
work on the problem set that’s due Tuesday;
read:  pp. 411-419 (more on sound)

Thursday, December 5

discussed/demonstrated wave properties and behavior;
read:  pp. 403-410 (sound)

Wednesday, December 4

finished collecting data for specific heat lab;
discussed some wave animations, illustrating types of waves;
problems:  pp. 397-400 #70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 86, 90, 92, 100 (due Monday)

Tuesday, December 3

discussed/demonstrated formula for pendulum period and mass/spring oscillator period;
collected data for specific heat lab;
read:  pp.381-391 (wave properties and behavior)

Monday, December 2

discussed test 12 & 13;
discussed/demonstrated simple harmonic motion;
read:  pp.375-380 (simple harmonic motions)


Thursday, November 21

test 12 & 13

Wednesday, November 20

worked a couple of problems on Archimedes’ principle;
reviewed chapters 12 & 13;
test 12 & 13 tomorrow

Tuesday, November 19

reworked/checked some problems from the problem set;
worked problems involving Bernoulli’s equation;
test 12 & 13 on Thursday

Monday, November 18

worked problems from chapter 13;
discussed linear expansion;
discussed Bernoulli’s equation;
torques lab due tomorrow;
test 12 & 13 on Thursday


Friday, November 15

discussed Pascal’s principle;
discussed Bernoulli’s principle;
discussed Archimedes’ principle;
HW 13 due as soon as possible;
torques lab due Tuesday;
read:  pp. 359-363 (solids)

Thursday, November 14

discussed pressure, and its various units;
discussed the universal gas law

Wednesday, November 13

discussed the 2nd law of thermodynamics and its implications regarding design;
discussed heat pumps and refrigeration;
read:  pp.341-348 (fluids)

Tuesday, November 12

finished collecting data for the Torques Lab;
discussed problems from problem set 12;
start on problem set 13:  pp.369-371 #76, 78, 80, 82, 88, 91, 96, 100 (due Friday)

Monday, November 11

continued collecting data for the Torques Lab;
finish working on problem set 12:  pp. 336-337 #52-64 even (due ASAP)
begin looking at problem set 13:  pp.369-371 #76, 78, 80, 82, 88, 91, 96, 100 (due Friday)


Friday, November 8

discussed the Torques Lab;
began collecting data for the Torques Lab;
continue working on problem set 12:  pp. 336-337 #52-64 even (due ASAP)

Thursday, November 7

discussed handout on thermal conductivity;
worked problems on thermal conduction;
continue working on problem set 12:  pp. 336-337 #52-64 even (due soon)

Wednesday, November 6

worked calorimetry problems;
re-quiz on calorimetry;
demonstrated thermal conduction and thermal expansion;
looked at problem set 12;
continue working on problem set 12:  pp. 336-337 #52-64 even (due tomorrow)

Tuesday, November 5

worked calorimetry problems;
quiz on calorimetry;
continue working on problem set 12:  pp. 336-337 #52-64 even (due Thursday)

Monday, November 4

discussed specific heat capacity and sensible heat;
discussed heat of fusion, heat of vaporization, and latent heat;
worked calorimetry problems;
problem set 12:  pp. 336-337 #52-64 even (due Thursday)


Friday, November 1

discussed test 10 & 11;
defined/contrasted temperature and thermal energy;
discussed thermometry and temperature scales;
briefly mentioned specific heat capacity;
read:  pp.323-331 (phase change and thermodynamics)

Thursday, October 31

test 10 & 11;
read:  pp.313-322 (temperature and thermal energy)

Wednesday, October 30

re-quiz over energy conservation;
worked problems from chapter 11 problem set;
reviewed chapters 10 & 11;
test 10 & 11 tomorrow

Tuesday, October 29

quiz over energy conservation;
worked problems from the problem set;
continue working on problem set 11:  pp.307-309 #54, 60, 62, 64, 70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 82 (due tomorrow);
test 10 & 11 postponed until Thursday

Monday, October 28

discussed problems from the chapter 10 problem set;
summarized simple machines;
discussed details of doing the Forces Lab write-up;
watched conclusion of Einstein’s Big Idea on energy;
continue working on problem set 11:  pp.307-309 #54, 60, 62, 64, 70, 72, 74, 78, 80, 82 (due Wednesday);
test 10 & 11 on Wednesday


Friday, October 25

watched the fifth segment of Einstein’s Big Idea on energy (1:08:15-end);