Topics in Classical physics
BGU Physics Department

Topics in Classical physics

(3.0 points, 4 hours)
course number 203-1-1171

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Week Topic Main Source
1 Pressure in a fluid. Buoyancy. Surface tension and capillarity 13.1-4
2 Fluid flow and Bernoulli's equation 13.5-7
3 Viscosity. Poiseuille’s law. Reynolds number. Turbulence. 13.8-9
4 Solids: stress, strain and elastic moduli. 12.1-4
5 Temperature and heat. Heat capacity. Phase changes. 14.1-5, 15.1-5
6 Thermal properties of the matter. Equations of state. Ideal gas. Work done during volume changes. 17.1-4, 18.2
7 The first law of thermodynamics. Thermodynamic processes. 18.1, 18.3-8
8 Molecular properties of matter. Avogadro’s number. Kinetic theory of an ideal gas. 20.1-4, 20.7
9 Equipartition of energy. Heat capacity of gases and crystals. 20.5, 20.8
10 Sound in gases and solids 21.5-6
11 Heat engines. The second law of thermodynamics. Carnot cycle. 19.1-5
12 Entropy. Nature of irreversibility. 19.6-7

Text Book

Main source: F.W.Sears, M.W.Zemansky and H.D.Young “University physics”, 7th edition, Addison-Wesley, 1992.
Note that earlier editions (authored by F.W.Sears and M.W.Zemansky) are OK; from later editions (authored by H.D.Young or H.D.Young and R. A. Freedman) some important material has been removed.


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