This course takes up directly from where University Physics 1 left off: with the realization that light is an electromagnetic wave. From this starting point, we will follow a path through the following topics: • Physics of oscillation (harmonic motion) 震动 • Oscillating charges make electromagnetic waves (radiation) 电磁辐射 • Physics of waves (including sound) 波 • Light as a wave (physical optics) 光学 • Light as a particle, particles as waves (quantum physics) 量子物理 • Entropy sets limits on the possible (statistical and thermal physics) 统计物理与热力学 • The speed of light is constant (special relativity) 狭义相对论相
At the core of this course are the videos, which have been designed to approximate as much as possible the experience of standing with me at a blackboard and figuring things out together.
It is extremely important that you take an active approach to watching the videos. Have a pen in your hand and paper in front of you, and work along with me.
It is also extremely important to ask questions as soon as you encounter something you don’t understand. There are sure to be things I don’t explain clearly in the videos, so don’t be afraid to let me know if you are struggling with certain concepts. Asking questions will be possible through the online forum.
The course is organized into 14 weekly units. Every week, you will independently work through about 10 videos, each about 10 minutes long. Practice questions after each video will help to solidify the key concepts, and at the end of the week, you will complete a set of homework problems to tie everything together. To do well in this course, you should expect to devote about 10 hours every week to it, including time spent watching the videos.
This course is based on two textbooks (课程内容基于两本教科书)：
"Matter and Interactions"
Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood
(3rd edition - Wiley 2011)
"Physics for Scientists and Engineers - a Strategic Approach"
(3rd edition - Pearson 2013)
However, access to the books is not essential for completing the course (但对完成本课程来说，这本书并不是非读不可的).
|周 次||内 容|
|2||Electromagnetic waves 电磁波|
|3||More on waves 波动|
|4||Superposition of waves 波的叠加|
|5||Wave optics - interference 干涉|
|6||Wave optics - diffraction 衍射|
|7||Light as a particle; matter as a wave 光的粒子性；物质的波性|
|8||Quantized energy levels 量化的能级|
|10||What is temperature? 温度是什么？|
|11||Gas kinetics 气体动力学|
|12||Engines and irreversibility 热机与不可逆性|
|13||Special relativity (1) 狭义相对论 （1）|
|14||Special relativity (2) 狭义相对论 （2）|