PHYS 130: How Things Work

An introduction to the science behind a variety of modern technological advancements. Possible topics may include rockets, musical instruments, plasma screens, hybrid automobiles, and nuclear reactors. The physical principles relevant to each technology will be explored. 

 

Useful Information

Class Time
MTWRF 8-10:45AM
MTWRF 1:30-4:20PM
Location
Paine 118
Instructor
Dr. Kurt Aikens

Course Materials

 

Lecture PowerPoints

 Lecture 1 -- Motion and Newton's 2nd Law
Lecture 2 -- Falling and Kinematics
Lecture 3 -- Projectile Motion
Lecture 4 -- Newton's Third Law
Lecture 5 -- Work and Potential Energy
Lecture 6 -- Torque and Rotational Motion
Lecture 7 -- Conservation of Energy
Lecture 8 -- Conservation of Momentum
Lecture 9 -- Gases
Lecture 10 -- Viscosity and Turbulence
Lecture 11 -- Intro to Aerodynamics, Part 1
Lecture 12 -- Intro to Aerodynamics, Part 2
Lecture 13 -- Orbits and Rockets
Lecture 14 -- Static Electricity
Lecture 15 -- Circuits and Resistors, Part 1
Lecture 16 -- Circuits and Resistors, Part 2
Lecture 17 -- Electric Fields
Lecture 18 -- Magnetism
Lecture 19 -- Electromagnetic Induction
Lecture 20 -- Diodes and Capacitors
Lecture 21 -- Semiconductors
Lecture 22 -- Transistors
Lecture 23 -- Radioactivity
Lecture 24 -- Nuclear Reactions

 

Homework Assignments

Problem Set #1
Problem Set #2
Problem Set #3
Problem Set #4
Problem Set #5
Problem Set #6
Problem Set #7
Problem Set #8
Problem Set #9
Problem Set #10
Problem Set #11
Problem Set #12
Problem Set #13
Problem Set #14
Problem Set #15

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 





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