Date  Topics  Slides, etc...  Reading/Homework 
Sept 5th  Introduction  slides  Read
chapter 17.1 Do the reading quiz on Canvas by 9am Friday (not for credit this time) NOTE: if you haven't been able to get the textbook yet, Chapter 17 is available as a PDF on Canvas 
Sept 7th  What is thermodynamics? Energy conservation. Effects of heating/cooling on macroscopic properties of objects. IR radiation as a way to "see" microscopic energy. Equilibrium, temperature, and heat. Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics.  slides  Do the reading
assignment on Canvas Do the reading quiz 2A on Canvas by 9am Monday 
Sept 10th  Thermometers and temperature scales. Gas
thermometers and the ideal gas law. Absolute temperature scales. 
slides gas simulation 
Written homework 1 (due Sept
19) HW1 solutions 
Sept 12th

Linear relations vs proportionality relations. Kelvin scale. Thermometers. Thermal expansion.  slides  reading quiz 2B on Canvas by 9am Friday Think about the last clicker question (about the piston) Make sure you have read about Young's modulus. 
Sept 14th  More thermal expansion, area and volume expansion, Young's modulus, stress, strain 
slides worksheet 
for Monday: finish worksheet (to prepare for lecture  you won't need to hand it in) Do reading quiz 3A (review chapter 17.4 if necessary) 
Sept 17th 
more on volume expansion, Young's modulus, stress, strain  slides  for Wednesday: hand in homework 1 in the boxes near Life building room 2408 
Sept 19th  Thermal stress. Problems combining thermal expansion and stress/strain. 
slides Newton's Laws for static situtations 
for Friday: read chapter 17.5 and 17.6 (up to equation
17.20) and do reading quiz 3B on Canvas Written homework 2, due next Wednesday HW2 solutions 
Sept 21st  Heat capacity, specific heat. 
slides  
Sept 24th  Phase diagrams, phase changes, latent heat. Calorimetry. 
slides  for Wednesday: read the conduction section in chapter
17.7 (just 2 pages!), do reading quiz 4A on Canvas for Friday: read the rest of 17.7, do reading quiz 4B on Canvas 
Sept 26th 
Heat conduction, thermal conductivity.  slides worksheet 
for Friday: read the rest of 17.7 (on
radiation), do reading quiz 4B on Canvas Homework 3: due Wednesday, October 3rd 
Sept 28th  More conductivity, R values 
slides  for Monday: fill out the survey 
Oct 1st  Convection and radiation. Temperature dependence of spectrum and power emitted  slides  
Oct 3rd 
Emissivity, equilibrium temperature of radiating objects.  slides  
Oct 5th  The solar constant, albedo, temperature of the Earth, greenhouse effect.  slides  
Oct 10th  Molecular picture of forces from a gas. Ideal gas law.  slides  for Friday: read 6.1 (first page), 19.1 and 19.2 and do the reading quiz for week 6 Homework 4: due Wednesday, October 17th 
Oct 12th  First law of thermodynamics. Work 
slides  
Oct 15th  Work for gases, PV diagrams, Work as area on a PV diagram. Internal energy.  slides bonus video on area under a curve  for Wednesday: do reading quiz 7A 
Oct 17th  Internal energy. Free expansion of gas. Calculating heat using the first law. Constant volume processes.  slides  Homework 5: due Wednesday, October 24th Homework 5 bonus question (both of these will be posted Wednesday evening). 
Oct 19th  Constant pressure, constant temperature, and adiabatic processes. 
slides extra clicker questions 
reading for Monday: see instructions in the reading quiz on Canvas. 
Oct 22nd 
Adiabatic compression example. Efficiency of a heat engine.  slides  For Wednesday: make sure you have read 20.2,20.3 
Oct 24th  The internal combustion engine. Example of calculating efficiency.  slides  For Friday: read 20.4 and do the reading quiz Homework 6: due Wednesday, October 31st 
Oct 26th  The power of an engine. Refrigerators.  slides  For Monday: Do the reading quiz on Canvas. 
Oct 29th  Refrigerators and air conditioners. Why does heat flow from hot to cold. Frogs and entropy.  slides frog simulation  
Oct 31st 
Entropy and the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Relation between entropy, heat, and temperature. 
slides Bonus video 
For Friday: Read 20.6 up to equation 20.14, and section 8.5 in the "Extra Book on Entropy" on Canvas (also in the text from the textbook package) Do reading quiz on Carnot Cycles and TS diagrams. 
Nov 2nd  Entropy examples, TS diagrams, calculating efficiency from TS diagrams. Carnot cycle and maximum possible efficiency.  slides  For Monday: do reading assignment on oscillations. Hand in your tutorial by 5pm. 
Nov 5th  Mechanical equilibrium, restoring forces, oscillations, simple harmonic motion  slides  
Nov 7th  Simple harmonic motion, amplitude, period, angular frequency, velocity, acceleration, phase.  slides  Homework 7: due Wednesday, November 14th For Friday: do reading assignment on phase (one question). 
Nov 9th  Simple harmonic motion, finding phase, displacement/velocity/acceleration  slides  For Wednesday: read this page on the buoyant force, and do the reading quiz on buoyancy on Canvas (2 questions) 
Nov 14th  Simple harmonic motion examples: predicting amplitude and frequency in physical situations. Buoyancy and bobbing.  slides worksheet 
For Friday: do reading assignment on energy in SHM. 
Nov 16th  Simple harmonic motion from small oscillations with nonlinear forces. Kinetic and potential energy in simple harmonic motion.  slides  Homework 8: due Wednesday, November 21st For Monday: do reading assignment on damped oscillations. 
Nov 19th  More on energy, damped oscillation.  slides  
Nov 21st  Damped oscillation from drag forces, critical damping  slides  
Nov 23rd  Driven periodic motion, resonance. 
slides Scratch simulation 
Homework 9: due Friday, November 30th for Monday: read 15.115.3, up to and including the section "more on the wave function" and do the reading quiz on waves 
Nov 26th  Coupled oscillators, transverse and longitudinal waves, waves on stretched strings, in solids, and in fluids  slides  
Nov 28th  Mathematical description of traveling waves. Wavelength, wave number. Relation between wave velocity, period, and wavelength  slides  
Nov 30th 
Gravitational waves 
slides  