Physics 22, Spring 2011 - Prof. Nelson

The final is on Wednesday, June 8, 4pm-7pm in 1640 Broida.

Practice Final Solutions.

Carnot Cycle Table from Last Lecture.

The ninth problem set, due Monday June 4 at 5pm, is here. Solutions.

The eighth problem set, due Monday May 23 at 5pm, is here. Solutions.

The seventh problem set, due Monday May 16 at 5pm, is here. Solutions.

The sixth problem set, due Monday May 9 at 5pm, is here. Solutions.

Practice Midterm. Solutions.

The fifth problem set, due Tuesday May 3 at 5pm, is here... the last two problems have been moved to next week (19.40 and 19.48).

The fourth problem set, due Monday April 25 at 5pm, is here. Solutions

Times and People

Welcome to Physics 22 for Spring, 2011. Our lectures are MWF 1-1:50 pm in Broida 1640. Attendance is required also at one of two sections; attend the one you are enrolled in. The two sections are both on Friday afternoons: 3:00-3:50pm and 4:00-4:50pm in Physical Sciences South, where Prof. Nelson has office hours. Both are taught by Madison Haynie.


We plan to cover Special Relavivity (parts of Chapters 11-14 in KK, and Chapter 21 in RHK4) first, and then Chapters 17-26 (omitting 21) from RHK4.

Required Items

The required items are:

  1. Kleppner and Kolenkow, An Introduction to Mechanics, which we call `KK'. Five copies of KK are on reserve for Physics 22 in the Libary.
  2. The `old' (4th) edition of Physics by Resnick, Halliday and Krane (RHK4). You can obtain used copies of RHK4 for only a few dollars over the internet. This is the `auxiliary' text. Some of the problems that are assigned will originate from RHK4. A lot of copies of RHK4 are on reserve for Physics 22 in the library.

  3. An `iClicker' is required as well; these are available at the UCSB Bookstore. Please register your iClicker... use your Perm # as your Student ID.
  4. Calculations must be done, so a scientific calculator (must have trig, exponential, etc) is essential.

Recommended Items

Kleppner and Kolenkow is a challenging textbook, and assumes that you have or are rapidly developing good ability in calculus. For those who want to turbocharge or refresh their calculus, Kleppner and Ramsey, Quick Calculus is a good resource... this book is on reserve for Physics 22 in the library.

A laptop is very useful for a variety of reasons, among them... it is really nice to do calculations in Excel.


The heart of this course is the working of problems. Much of the discussion sections will consist of doing problems. Weekly problem sets will be due Mondays, to be turned in to the Physics 22 boxes in the lobby of Broida Hall, by 5pm. The problems are generally not the type of problems that you can get done in a few minutes... some may take a few hours, so start early, and utilize our office hours. You are also encouraged to work together to figure out how to do problems, but, you must write up your own solutions independently.

Write up your solutions carefully and neatly. Generally, make a clear diagram, introduce algebraic variables for unknowns, and solve for answers symbolically. Plug in numbers at the end, and, do some cross checking as well as consideration of limiting cases (like, what if each mass in the problem becomes very large or very small?).

If homework is late by more than two days from the due date, you will get no credit. If you turn it in up to two days late, you will receive 50% credit.

Grading and Tests

The plans for grading are: Class Participation (measured with the iClickers), 10%; Problem sets, 25%; Midterm 25%; Final 40%.

Office Hours

Madison Haynie's office hours in the PSR (1019 Broida, on the first floor behind the elevator) are 1:30-4:30pm on Monday. Prof. Nelson's office hours will be on Friday, 2:00-3:00pm in room 2712 in Physical Sciences South. PSR Fellows (advanced Physics Majors who can help you) are available Wednesday and Thursday in the PSR from 6-8pm, and Sunday in 1640 Broida 6-8pm.

Treat Everyone with Respect

Some serious issues of harassment have from time to time arisen in our classes. If you feel you have experienced hazing or harassment, this document can help you do something about it.

The first column shows the week number.
The second column has the lecture number, and a link to the course lecture notes, when available... don't count on these!
The third column has the date.
The fourth column has the textbook sections in KK or RHK4 to read.
The fifth column has the corresponding KK or RHK4 textbook pages.
The sixth column has a partial list of topics.
The seventh column has the problems due for the week.
The last column has links to some pertinent web pages.

Web Sylabus

Week # Date Reading Pages Partial Topics Problems Links/Comments
1 1 3/28 KK Chap. 11, RHK4 Chap. 21 KK pp. 442-458, RHK4 pp. 467-487 Course Organization, Speed of light. Due 4/4, Solutions
2 3/30 '' '' Time Dilitation
3 4/1 '' '' Length Contraction
2 4 4/4 KK Chap. 12, RHK4 Chap. 21 Lorentz Transformations Due 4/11, Solutions
5 4/6 '' Space-Like, Time Like
6 4/8 '' Energy, Momentum
3 7 4/11 RHK4 Chap. 17 Fluids, Pascal Due 4/18, Solutions
8 4/13 '' Pressure change with Depth, Archimedes
9 4/15 '' More about Archimedes
4 10 4/18 RHK4 Chap. 18 Fluid Dynamics Due 4/25, Solutions
11 4/20 '' ''
12 4/22 '' '' Lecture notes bundled in previous two.
5 13 4/25 RHK4 Chap. 19 Waves Due 5/3, Solutions
14 4/27 '' ''
15 4/29 '' '' ''
6 16 5/2 RHK4 Chap. 20 Sound Waves Due 5/9, Solutions Notes for week linked to number (16) for this lecture
17 5/4 '' ''
18 5/6 '' ''
7 19 5/9 RHK4 Chap. 22 Temperature Due 5/16, Solutions Notes for week linked to number (19) for this lecture
20 5/11 '' ''
21 5/13 '' ''
8 22 5/16 RHK4 Chap. 23 Sec 2-6 Kinetic Theory Due 5/23, Solutions Notes for week linked to number (22) for this lecture
23 5/18 '' ''
24 5/20 '' ''
9 25 5/23 RHK4 Chap. 25 Sec. 1-6 Heat Capacities, First Law Due 6/6, Solutions Notes for week linked to number (25) for this lecture
26 5/25 '' ''
27 5/27 '' ''
10 28 6/1 RHK4 Chap. 26 Efficiency, Second Law, Entropy Notes for week linked to number (28) for this lecture
29 6/3 '' ''