Administrative matters. Introduction. Intellectual structure of physics.
Demos: (1) superconductivity, (2) inclined planes, (3) BBC video
recreating Galileo’s thought experiment.
Tutorial: Questionnaire about background and help with HW1.
HW 1 out*
Conservation principle. Energy conservation. Angular momentum
conservation. Relation to symmetries.
Demos: (1) Angular momentum chair, and (2) irreversibility of time.
Tutorial: Discuss the scheme to derive gravitation potential as discussed
in the book, chapter 4.
HW 1 in** HW 2 out
Law of Gravitation. Historical account. Kepler’s laws. Scientific
Demos: Ball through the valley experiment.
Discuss HW 1 grades
Law of Gravitation. Newtons laws. Universality.
Demos: Monkey and the hunter
Tutorial: Quiz on topics covered in weeks 1-3. Discuss quiz questions in
HW 2 in HW 3 out
Discuss HW 2 grades
Electricity and Magnetism. Basics. Similarity and dissimilarity to
gravitation. Role in structure of matter.
Demos: Electrostatic charging using fabric and plastic rod, magnets,
iron filings, magnetic field around a current-carrying wire
HW 3 in HW 4 out
Electricity and Magnetism. Faraday’s law. Electromagnetism. Light as a
Demos: Eddy current copper tube, Coil & galvanometer, Jumping ring
Tutorial: Quiz on topics covered in weeks 4-6. Discuss quiz questions in
Discuss HW 3 grades
Life of a theory: Light as an example. Ray optics and minimum time
principle. Particle nature. Quantum view of light.
Demo: Photoelectric effect, Double slit experiment, Waves in water
Matter. Stability and uncertainty. Double slit experiment with bullets
and electrons. Quantum interpretation (possible guest lecture).
Tutorial: Quiz on topics covered in weeks 7-8. Discuss quiz questions in
HW 4 in HW 5 out