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Here is a list of topics that we'll cover in the course. As the term progresses, more details will be added, and these will be correlated with lecture dates, notes, and suggested reading. To help you figure out what I'm expecting you will learn, have a look at the explicit set of Learning Goals. These will be updated to include more detailed goals as the class proceeds.

 Date Topic Notes, etc... Reading THERMODYNAMICS Jan 5th Why does heat flow from hot things to cold things? notes Knight, chapter 18 Jan 7th Second Law of Thermodynamics. Entropy and temperature. The difference between past and future. Fundamental forces. notes ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM Reading Assignment - Electrostatics Jan 12th Charge model, static electricty, and electroscope. Coulomb's Law. slides notes Knight chapter 25 Jan 14th Electric field worksheet. Electric field of the dipole.  Charge configurations. slides notes worksheet solutions Knight chapter 25 Post reading 26.1, 26.2, first section of 26.3 Reading Assignment - Potentials Jan 19th Three fundamental charge configurations and their electric field. Parallel infinitly charged plates. The motion of charge in an electric field. Torque on a dipole. E = 0 in a conductor (from motion of charge). The electric potential energy. Path integrals. slides notes Knight chapter 26.5 Knight chapter 26.6, 26.7 Jan 21st The electric potential. Volta. It's Alive! Potentials Worksheet: understanding the difference between electric potential energy and electric potential. slides notes worksheet solutions Knight chapter 28.1, 28.4, 29.1, 29.3 Special Lecture: General Relativity Reading Assignment - Gauss's Law Jan 26th Gauss's Law, the idea of flux, surface vectors, and flux through a closed surface. Spraying water analogy. slides notes worksheet solutions Knight chapter 27.2, 27.3, 27.4 Jan 28th Finish up Gauss's Law. Maxwell and his equations. Plinko current, drift velocity, how randomly bouncing stuff can drift in a field. Microscopic connection of bouncing electrons to the charge current I, conductance, I proportional to E. slides notes worksheet solutions RandomWalk Knight chapters 30.1, 30.2, and 30.3 Reading Assignment - Current, Resistors, Capacitors and Circuits Feb 2nd Resistance and resistivity. Capacitors and capacitance. Introduction to circuit analysis. slides notes worksheet solutions Knight chapters 30.1, 30.2, and 30.3, 30.5, 31.1, 31.2 Feb 4th Importance of Kirchhoff's loop law. Geometry of capacitance. The RC circuit. Decay constants. slides notes Knight chapters 30.5, 31.1, 31.2 Feb 11th Feb 22nd MAGNETISM: Basic magnetic phenomena, how to define the magnetic field. Reading Assignment - Magnetism notesclicker questions Knight chapter 32 Feb 24th Magnetic fields from currents and moving charges. Origin of magnetic field from magnets. notesworksheet worksheet solutions Knight chapter 32 Mar 1st Effects of magnetic field. Force on a moving charge.  Charged particles orbiting in magnetic fields. Forces on current-carrying wires. Electric motors. notesclicker questions Knight chapter 32 Mar 3rd Quantifying the strength of a magnet. Definition of magnetic moment and torque on magentic moments. Introduction to induction. Lenz's Law, motional EMF. notesclicker questionsMagnetism Summary Knight chapter 32, Knight chapters 33.1, 33.2, 33.4 Mar 8th Motional emf, Faraday's Law, and Lenz's Law. Induced electric fields. notesclicker questions Knight chapters  33.5-33.6 Mar 10th Line Integrals, integral form of Faraday's Law. Conservation of charge, Ampere/Maxwell Law, Summary of Electromagnetism, Electromagnetic radiation. notesclicker questionsnotes Knight chapters 34.3, 34.4, 34.6, 34.7 FOURTH MIDTERM                                     SOLUTIONS WAVES Mar 20 Types of waves, why waves show up all over the place, basic properties of wavesSnapshot vs history graphs notesclicker questions Mar 23 Mathematical descriptions of waves, sinusoidal waves, frequency, wavelength, and velocity notesclicker questions Mar 25 Light in a medium, constructive and destructive interference, thin films notesclicker questions QUANTUM MECHANICS March 30 Double slit interference, photons, Photon interpretation of the double slit experiment. Quantum superpositions. Wavefunctions. notesclicker questions Knight chapter 38.3, 39notes on quantum mechanics April 1 Quantum measurement. Wavefunctions for states with definite position and definite momentum. clicker questions notes on quantum mechanics April 7 Writing functions as sums of pure waves. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. clicker questions April 8 Time dependence of wavefunction. The Schrodinger Equation. Schrodinger equation for particles with forces/potentials. Trapping of wavefunctions. Energy eigenstates, bound states and tunneling. clicker questions /bonus notes Knight 40.1-40.4,Knight  40.6,40.10 Special lectures