Physics 2070 (General Physics I)

Bo Gao
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio 43606

Copyright 1997 by Bo Gao. All rights reserved.



Syllabus

References


Atomic Picture of Matter


Thermodynamics

Chapter 10 Thermal Physics

Chapter 11 Heat

Chapter 12 The Laws of Thermodynamics


Vibrations and Wave Motion

Chapter 13 Vibrations and Waves


Concepts and definitions

Human knowledge is mostly a collection of concepts and definitions. Laws and principles are important, but there are only very few of them. Many formulae that you encounter are simply definitions or some trivial statements based on them. There is no need to memorize definitions if you understand the concepts. For example,

displacement = velocity * time

is not something to be memorized. It is a definition of velocity that needs to be understood.

Important Concepts

Laws and Principles

Other Concepts

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