A Christian College of the Liberal Arts & Sciences

PHYS 130: How Things Work

An introduction to the science behind a variety of modern technological advancements. Possible topics may include rockets, plasma screens, nuclear reactors, etc. Students will apply the methods of science to study concepts such as: motion and forces, waves, electrodynamics, and modern physics.

Useful Information

Class Time
TR 8:00-10:50 AM
Location
Paine 118
Instructor
Dr. Hoffman 

Course Materials

Course Syllabus
Link to Synapse Online Quizzes

Lecture PowerPoint Questions

1 - Rocket Motion
2 - Forces on Rockets
3 - Conservation of Momentum
4 - Reactions
5 - Circular Orbits
6 - Elliptical Orbits
7 - Radioactive Decay
8 - Reactors
9 - Wave Motion, Reflection, and Superposition
10 - Superposition of sound and Standing Waves on Strings
11 - Standing Waves in Pipes
12 - Beats
13 - AC Circuits
14 - Lenses
15 - CCD
16 - Engines and Gears
17 - Planetary Gear Set

Homework Assignments

Problem Set #1
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Problem Set #3
Problem Set #4
Problem Set #5
Problem Set #6
Problem Set #7
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Problem Set #9
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Problem Set #11