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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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 |

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Feb 22nd | MAGNETISM: Basic magnetic phenomena, how to define the magnetic field. Reading Assignment - Magnetism | notes clicker questions | Knight chapter 32 |

Feb 24th | Magnetic fields from currents and moving charges. Origin of magnetic field from magnets. | notes worksheet 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. | notes clicker 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. | notes clicker questions Magnetism 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. | notes clicker 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. | notes clicker questions notes | 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 waves Snapshot vs history graphs | notes clicker questions | |

Mar 23 | Mathematical descriptions of waves, sinusoidal waves, frequency, wavelength, and velocity | notes clicker questions | |

Mar 25 | Light in a medium, constructive and destructive interference, thin films | notes clicker questions | |

QUANTUM MECHANICS |
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March 30 | Double slit interference, photons, Photon interpretation of the double slit experiment. Quantum superpositions. Wavefunctions. | notes clicker questions | Knight chapter 38.3, 39 notes on quantum mechanics |

April 1 | Quantum measurement. Wavefunctions for states with definite position and definite momentum. | notes on quantum mechanics | |

April 7 | Writing functions as sums of pure waves. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. | ||

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. | Knight 40.1-40.4,Knight 40.6,40.10 | |

Special lectures |