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Welcome to HTW section 1 for the Spring 2015 semester
Tutoring session. Theo's
worksheet for the 2nd test.
Answers to 3rd midterm
The general population, including you the student, operate tools, machines,
and appliances (sometimes involving a great deal of complexity) without
ever knowing, or even thinking about, how these devices work. They are
in effect ‘black boxes' with operating instructions. This course will delve
into the basic principles behind some of these devices. This is different
approach to the 'traditional' way of teaching physics. Instead of working
our way through the physics in a linear fashion, we shall pick topics from
our everyday experiences, and then find out what is the physics behind
them. Sometimes that will mean going back two or three levels before we
can understand the topic fully. There will also be discussion of the implications
behind the increasing need for energy fueled by our reliance on appliances
for convenience, and the hazards that are ever present.
Upon completion of the course you should be able to
These are the goals upon which you will be graded.
understand that physicists use basic principles as a means of explaining
a wide variety of phenomena.
describe the fundamental concepts of mechanics, electricity & magnetism,
thermodynamics, and light (optics).
use the above concepts to describe the principles behind the operation
of simple machines, common household appliances, and other everyday machines.
describe how these principles are put into practice.
Since we will be inquiring into a number of different, and sometimes unrelated,
topics the internet will likely be our greatest resource. The following
will give you some background information.
How Things Work, The Physics of Everyday Life, Louis A. Bloomfield,
Wiley. (If you can find the 1stedition it is better.)
The Way Things Work, David Macaulay, Houghton Mifflin.
Physics, A Window on our World, J. Bolemon, Prentice Hall
Facets of Physics, Roger B Culver, West
Conceptual Physics, Paul Tipler, Freeman Worth.
Experiments in College Physics, Dean S. Edmonds, Heath
Physics in Laboratory Experiments, Jerry D Wilson, Houghton Mifflin.
I have placed the following books on reserve at the library
Conceptual Physics, Paul G. Hewitt, 10th ed. (2 copies)
Inquiry into Physics, Ostdiek and Bord
Physics: Concepts and Connections, Art Hobson (2 copies)
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