Fall Semester 1999
 Newtonian Mechanics
 Kinematics (vectors, vector algebra,
displacement, velocity, and acceleration)
 Motion in one dimension
 Motion in two dimensions (projectiles)
 Newton's laws of motion
 Static equilibrium (1st law)
 Dynamics of a single particle (2nd law)
 Systems of two or more bodies (3rd law)
 Systems of particles, linear momentum
 Impulse and momentum
 Conservation of linear momentum
 Work, energy, power
 Work and workenergy theorem
 Conservative forces and potential energy
 Conservation of energy
 Power
 Circular Motion and Rotation
 Uniform circular motion
 Angular momentum and its conservation
 Torque and rotational statics
 Oscillations and gravitation
 Simple harmonic motions (dynamics and
energy relationships)
 Mass on a spring (SHO)
 Pendulum and other oscillations
 Newton's law of gravity
 Orbits of planets and satellites
 Thermal Physics
 Temperature and heat
 Mechanical equivalent of heat
 Specific and latent heat
 Heat transfer and thermal expansion
 Kinetic theory and thermodynamics
 Ideal gases
 Kinetic model
 Ideal gas law
 Laws of thermodynamics
 First law (PV diagrams)
 Second law (heat engines)

Spring Semester 2000
 Waves and Optics  Part I
 Wave motion
 Properties of traveling and standing waves
 Doppler effect
 Resonance and superposition
 Electricity and Magnetism
 Electrostatics
 Charge, field, and potential
 Coulomb's law and field/potential of point charges
 Fields and potentials of other charge distributions
 Gauss's law
 Conductors, capacitors and dielectrics
 Electrostatics with conductors
 Capacitors  parallel plate
 Electric circuits
 Current, resistance, power
 Steady state direct current circuits
 Capacitors in circuits  steady state
 Magnetostatics
 Forces on moving charges in magnetic fields
 Forces on currentcarrying wires in
magnetic fields
 Fields of long currentcarrying wires
 Electromagnetism  Electromagnetic induction
 Faraday's law and Lenz's law
 Waves and Optics  Part II
 Geometric optics
 Reflection and refraction
 Mirrors and lenses
 Physical optics
 Interference and diffraction
 Dispersion of light and the
electromagnetic spectrum
 Atomic and Nuclear Physics
 Atomic physics and quantum effects
 Alpha particle scattering and the Rutherford model
 Photons and the photoelectric effect
 Bohr model and energy levels
 Waveparticle duality
 Nuclear physics
 Radioactivity and halflife
 Nuclear reactions
