TEXTBOOK: PHYSICS
Raymond Serway and Jerry Faughn
Holt, 2002
1. THE SCIENCE OF PHYSICS
1.1 What is Physics?
 Define Physics and explain its role and scope
1.3 The Language of Physics
 Math Review: algebra, trigonometric functions,
dimensional analysis, factorlabel method of unit
Conversion
 Graphing Techniques
12. VIBRATIONS AND WAVES
12.1 Simple Harmonic Motion
12.2 Measuring Simple Harmonic Motion
 Definitions of vibrations, periodic motion, equilibrium
position, displacement, amplitude, period and frequency
 Describe the motion of an oscillating spring
 Define simple harmonic motion
 Derive the equation of the period of a simple pendulum
12.3 Properties of Waves
 Define three terms to describe periodic waves: wave
speed, wavelength and frequency
 Explain the characteristics of transverse, longitudinal and
surface waves
12.4 Wave Interactions
 Describe the behavior of a pulse at a boundary
 Understand how the principle of superposition is applied
when two pulses meet
 Describe the formation of standing waves
 Apply the principle of superposition to the phenomenon
of interference
 Calculate the fundamental frequency and the overtones.
 Understand how resonance occurs
Major Concepts:
Students should understand each of the following in problem applications as well as in conceptual situations:
Periodic motion
Frequency
Period
Simple harmonic motion
Sine and cosine curves
Position, velocity, acceleration
Angular frequency
Mass on a spring
Simple pendulum
Conservation of energy applied to oscillating systems
13. SOUND
13.1 Sound Waves
 Understand the nature of sound waves
 Find the speed of sound at different temperatures
13.3 Harmonics
 Describe interference in sound waves.
 Explain the formation of standing waves for open and
closed pipes
 Determine why beats occur
 Apply the Doppler Effect principle to problems involving
moving sources or moving listeners
Major Concepts:
Students should understand each of the following in problem applications as well as in conceptual situations:
Waves
Transverse and longitudinal
Wavelength and frequency
Speed of a wave
Sound waves
Speed of sound
Frequency and pitch
The Doppler effect
Superposition and interference
Constructive and destructive
Phase
Standing waves (strings and pipes)
Beats
14. LIGHT AND REFLECTION
14.1 Characteristics of Light
 Describe the early concepts of light to the modern
theories
14.2 Flat Mirrors
 Explain the laws of reflection
 Distinguish between diffuse and specular reflection and
provide examples
 Describe the nature of images formed by flat mirrors
14.3 Curved Mirrors
 Explain how concave and convex mirrors form images.
 Locate images using ray diagrams and calculate image
location and size using equations
 Explain the cause of spherical aberration and describe
the uses of parabolic mirrors
14.4 Color and Polarization
 Describe the theory of color, color by reflection and
transmission, mixing colors and natural phenomena:
sunlights, sunsets and the color of the sky.
 Explain how polarization happens
15. REFRACTION
15.1 Refraction
 Explain Snell's Law
 Calculate the index of refraction in a medium
 Explain total internal reflection
 Define the critical angle
 Understand the construction of fiber optics
15.2 Thin Lenses
 Distinguish between converging and diverging lenses.
 Describe how real and virtual images are formed by
lenses.
 Locate the image with a ray diagram
 Calculate the image location and the image height using
the lens equation and the magnification equation
15.3 Optical Phenomena
 Understand the basic principles of image formation of
cameras, microscopes and telescopes
Major Concepts:
Students should understand each of the following in problem applications as well as in conceptual situations:
Wave fronts and rays
Reflection and mirrors
The law of reflection
Plane mirrors
Spherical mirrors – concave and convex
Ray tracing and the mirror equation
Refraction and lenses
The law of refraction
Total internal reflection
Reflection and polarization
Thin lenses – converging and diverging
Ray tracing and the thinlens equation
Dispersion and the rainbow
PHYSICAL OPTICS: INTERFERENCE
AND DIFFRACTION
Outline:
Superposition and Interference
Young's TwoSlit Experiment
Interference in Reflected Waves
Diffraction
Diffraction Gratings
Major Concepts:
Students should understand each of the following in problem applications as well as in conceptual situations:
Superposition
Interference
Young's twoslit experiment
Diffraction
Singleslit diffraction
Diffraction gratings
10. HEAT ******
10.1 Temperature and Thermal Equilibrium
 Explain what is needed to built a thermometer
 Understand the meaning of thermal equilibrium
