Syllabus

Date

Day

Session Click on Resources in COLLAB

Fowler Lecture Notes

Textbook (Uncommon Sense)

Textbook                   (Sidereus Nuncius)

Electronic Textbook
(Two New Sciences)

Textbook (Theories of the World)

Textbook: Newton to Einstein (Ralph Baierlein)

Sep 8

Tue

1

Chapter 1 Introduction, Beginning of the Universe, Hominids, and Babylonians

Chapter 1

and Chapter 2

 

Sep 10

Thu

2

Chapter 2 Counting in Babylon
Chapter 3 Early Greek Science: Thales to Plato

Chapter 3 From Apes to Agriculture

 

Sep 15

Tue

3

Chapter 3 Early Greek Science: Thales to Plato
Chapter 4 Motion in the Heavens: Stars, Sun, Moon, Planets

Chapter 4 Prophets and Poets

Chapter 1    The Celestial Motions

 

Sep 17

Thu

4

Chapter 4 Motion in the Heavens

Chapter 5 Theorems and Planets

Chapter 2 Greek Astronomy before Ptolemy

 

Sep 22

Tue

5

Chapter 5 Aristotle

Chapter 6 Sages and Scholars

Introduction                  Pages 1-24

 

Sep 24

Thu

6

Chapter 6 Measuring the Solar System

Chapter 7 Towns and Gowns

Sidereus Nuncius         Pages 25-86

 

Sep 24

 

Thu

   

PROBLEM SET 1 DUE 11:55 PM

 

Sep 29

Tue

7

Chapter 7 Greek Science after Aristotle
Chapter 8 Omit

Sidereus Nuncius           Pages 25-86

 

Oct 1

Thu

8

Chapter 9 How the Greeks used Geometry to Understand the Stars.

Conclusion                   Pages 87-113

Chapter 4    The Ptolemaic System

 

Oct 6

Tue

9

Chapter 10 How Classical Knowledge Reached Baghdad Chapter 11 Later Islamic Science

First Day Pages 1-50

 

Oct 8

Thu

10

Chapter 12 Galileo and the Telescope
Chapter 13 Life of GalileoSkip Chapter 14

First Day Pages 51-104

Chapter 6    The Copernican System

 

Oct 8

 

Thu

   

PROBLEM SET 2 DUE 11:55 PM

 

Oct 13

Tue

11

Chapter 15 Galileo's Acceleration Experiment
Chapter 16 Naturally Accelerated Motion
Skip Chapter 17

Second Day Pages 105-146

Chapter 9 Galileo Galilei

 

Oct 15

Thu

12

Chapter 18 Tycho Brahe

Third Day Pages 147-233

 

Oct 20

Tue

13

Chapter 18 Johannes Kepler

Fourth Day Pages 234-282

Chapter 7    The Tychonic System

 

Oct 20- 22

Tue-Thu

14

Practice Midterm Exam

Oct 20 12:01 – Oct 22 7:00 pm

Chapter 8 Johannes Kepler

 

Oct 22

 

Thu

   

PROBLEM SET 3 DUE 11:55 PM

 

Oct 26 –Oct 30

Mon-Fri

MIDTERM EXAM  

Oct 26 12:01 pm – Oct 30 7:00 pm

 

Oct 27

Tue

15

Chapter 19 Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton

Chapter 8

Pg. 137 -142

Chapter 2

Pg. 47 - 55

Chapter 4: Newton Mechanics,   Pg. 111 - 132

 

Oct 29

Thu

16

Chapter 20 How Newton Built on Galileo's Idea's

More Newton

Chapter 3 pg. 45-47

Sect. 2. NewtonÕs Telescope

Chapter 4: Newton Mechanics,   Pg. 133 - 244

 

Nov 3

Tue

17

Newton and Gravitation

Chapters 1 How Light Behaves  Chapters 2 NewtonÕs Particle Theory - Optiks

Nov 5

Thu

18

Newton and Light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapters 2 NewtonÕs Particle Theory - Optiks

Nov 5

Thu

PROBLEM SET 4 DUE 11:55 PM

 

Nov 10

Tue

19

Wave Theory

Chapter 3 Wave theory of Light

 

Nov 12

Thu

20

Interference and Electromagnetic Waves

Chapter 4 Interference

Hyugens, Young, Arago, Poisson

 

Nov 17

 

Tue

 

21

 

Electromagnetic Waves

Maxwell,Faraday,Lenz,Hertz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 5 Electromagnetic Waves

Maxwell,Faraday,Lenz,Hertz

Nov 19

Thu

22

The Photon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 6 The Photon EinsteinÕs Nobel prize

Chapter 7 The Wave    Particle Duality

 

Nov 19

 

Thu

 

 

 

PROBLEM SET 5 DUE 11:55 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov 24

Tue

23

 

Properties of Light

FowlerÕs Notes: Chapter 21 The Speed of Light and Chapter 22 Michelson Morely Experiment

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 8 Does the speed of light depend on the motion of the source?

Nov 26

Thu

24

Special Relativity

FowlerÕs Notes Chapter 23 Special Relativity

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 9 Special Relativity

Dec 1

Tue

25

 

Special and General Relativity

FowlerÕs Notes Chapter 24 Special Relativity: What time is it? And

Chapter 31 General Relativity

 

 

 

 

 

Chapter 10 Time Dilation and Length Contraction

Dec 3

Thu

26

Atomic Energy and Einstein

 

 

 

 

Chapter 11 E=Mc^2, Einsteins Letter, The Bomb,

 

Dec 3

 

Thu

 

 

 

PROBLEM SET 6 DUE 11:55 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec 7-10

Mon-Thu

FINAL EXAM  

 

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