Physics 1315

This is a general physics course, I teach. We will cover the basics of mechanics, kinematics, energy, and thermal physics. We use the text book “College Physics: A strategic approach”, 3rd edition by Knight, Jones, and Field.

For details about times, tests and exams, and grading please look at the syllabus (the pdf document) and the TRACS site.

Topics of the lecture

  • Vectors and vector components
  • Motion
    • Speed, velocity, and acceleration
    • Vectors and vector components of a motion
    • Graphs
    • Free fall
    • Horizontal and vertical throw
  • Forces
    • Newton laws
    • Free-body diagrams
    • Friction
    • Two-dimensional forces
    • Newton’s law of Gravity
  • Rotational Motions
    • Period, frequency, and velocity
    • Centripetal force
    • Centripetal acceleration
    • Angular position, angular speed
    • Torque
    • Moment of Inertia
    • Equilibrium
  • Energy
    • Work and heat
    • Kinetic energy
    • Potential energy
    • Thermal energy and temperature
    • Power
    • Transforming energy
    • Energy in food and of the body
    • Heat engines
    • Heat pumps
  • Physics of fluids
    • Pressure
    • Mole and Avogadro’s number
    • Ideal-Gas-Law
    • Buoyancy force