LECTURES/READINGS/HOMEWORK

The fancy website describing the course can be found at:

INTRODUCTION

Come to this page for all provided content. Arranged by week, you’ll find:

  • topics
  • readings
  • lecture slides
  • extras, like videos and external links

Key to the texts:

“PCC” = Physics Concepts and Connections, Hobson

“CP” = The Essential Cosmic Perspective, Bennett, Donahue, Schneider, Mark Voit

“EV” = The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics, Oerter

“PG” = The Particle Garden, Kane.

“QS&BB” = Quarks, Spacetime, and the Big Bang, Brock…manuscript for this course


Now hear this:

Regular lectures on both Tuesdays and Thursdays for the rest of the semester. Starting February 16.

That is all.


Week 7, Tuesday and Thursday, February 21 and 23: Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity

Lecture slides

http://www.pa.msu.edu/~brock/file_sharing/QSandBB/2017lectures/

Videos

Reading

Required:

QS&BB:> Chapter 13, Special Relativity, Consequences

PCC: Chapter 10.6-10.8 EV: Chapters 1 and 2

Additional content:

none

Homework

  • Homework #6:
    • available: Saturday, February 25 midnight
    • due: Thursday, March 2, midnight

Tasks

Week 6, Thursday, February 16: Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity

Lecture slides

All slides from in-class lectures are at:

http://www.pa.msu.edu/~brock/file_sharing/QSandBB/2017lectures/

Videos

sections: 10.7 Particle Detectors

Garage for the video lessons.

Reading

Required:

QS&BB: Chapter 12, Special Relativity, 1905; space and time aren’t what they used to be

PCC: Chapter 10.1-10.5

Additional content:

none

Homework

  • Homework #5:
    • available: Saturday, February 18 midnight
    • due: Saturday, February 25, midnight

Tasks


Week 5, Thursday, February 9, classes 9 and 10: Electromagnetism, Particle Accelerators and Detectors

Lecture slides

none

Videos

sections: 9.9a, b (electric and magnetic fields) and 10.1-10.6 Electron Discovery and particle accelerators

Garage for the video lessons.

Reading

Required:

Notice, this is the first reading out of Particle Garden

PG: Chapter 5, Experimental Facilities

Recommended:

A section of the “Particle Adventure” website (there are apps for this)

Rummage in my friend Matt Strassler’s public site

Additional content:

none

Homework

  • Homework #5:
    • available: Saturday, February 11 midnight
    • due: Thursday, February 16, midnight

Tasks


Week 4, Thursday, February 2, classes 7 and 8: Newton’s Cosmology, Consequences of Gravitation, Electricity and Magnetism

Lecture slides

none

Videos

sections: 8.5-8.6 (Newton’s Cosmology, Consequences of Gravitation), 9.1-9.8 (electric and magnetic fields)

Garage for the video lessons.

Reading

Required:

PCC: Chapter 5, Newton’s Universe, Chapter 8 Electromagnetism, 8.1-8.3, 8.5-8.6

Recommended:

QS&BB: Chapter 9, Newtonian Gravitation, The Lion Roars, Chapter 10 Charges and Magnets, Charge It!, Faraday’s Lines of Force, Modern Physics Begins

Additional content:

none

Homework

  • Homework #4:
    • available: Saturday, February 4 noon
    • due: Thursday, February 9, midnight

Tasks


Week 3, Thursday, January 26, classes 5 and 6: Early Astronomy and Gravitation

Lecture slides

none

Videos

Lessons 5, 6 and 7:

sections: 5.1-5.2 (greeks), 6.1-6.2 (copernicus), sections: 7.1-7.4 (kepler, galileo), sections: 8.1 – 8.4 (Newton’s Gravitation)

Garage for the video lessons.

Reading

Required:

PCC: Chapter 1, The Way of Science (yes…chapter 1)

Recommended:

QS&BB: Chapter 8, Cosmology, The Old Way, Round 1: Wrestling With the Universe

Additional content:

none

Homework

  • Homework #3:
    • available: Saturday, January 28 midnight
    • due: Thursday, February 2 midnight

Tasks

none


Week 2, Thursday, January 19, classes 3 and 4: Collisions and Energy

Lecture slides

none

Videos

Lessons 3 and 4:

sections: 3.1-3.5 (collisions) and 4.1-4.4 (energy)

Garage for the video lessons.

Reading

Required:

PCC: Chapter 6, Conservation of Energy, You Can’t Get Ahead

Recommended:

QS&BB: Chapter 5, Collisions

QS&BB: Chapter 6, Energy

Additional content:

Homework

  • Homework #2:
    • available: Saturday, January 21 midnight
    • due: Thursday, January 26 midnight

Tasks

none


Week 1, classes 1 and 2: Tuesday and Thursday, January 10 & 12: Motion and Force

Lecture slides

Are posted: http://www.pa.msu.edu/~brock/file_sharing/QSandBB/2017lectures/

Videos

(This one time, here’s the explicit link:

https://qstbb.pa.msu.edu/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=video_lessons )

The introductory class was (poorly) recorded and is available at https://qstbb.pa.msu.edu/storage/0_intro/ . You’ll need your headphones because the sound isn’t good.

Lessons 1 and 2:

Before class #2: sections 1.1-1.5 and 2.1-2.3 (motion and momentum/force)

Garage for the video lessons.

Reading

Required:

PCC: Chapter 3, How Things Move: Galileo Asks the Right Questions

PCC: Chapter 4, Why Things Move as They Do

Recommended:

QS&BB: Chapter 3, Motion

QS&BB: Chapter 4, Momentum and Force, The Big Mo

Additional content:

Preface and introduction to the manuscript…and identically, ISP220, the course:

QS&BB: Chapter 1, Introduction

Mathematical review…for most topics and any mathematics that we might see:

QS&BB: QS&BB: Chapter 2, Tools

Homework

  • Homework #0: introduction to MasteringPhysics…non-physics questions to get you comfortable in the platform.

    • available: now
    • due: Saturday, January 14 midnight
  • Homework #1:

    • available: Saturday, January 14 midnight
    • due: Thursday, January 19 midnight

Tasks

  • Purchase MasteringPhysics: Due January 12
  • Join Facebook Group: Due January 14
  • Join Wiki: Due January 14