Physics 12: Assignments

Spring Term, 2010

Many problems are from the course textbook (2^{nd} edition), and
either come from the Questions and Problems (Q&P) section, or fromt
he Multiple Choice (M.C.) section. Often, there will be supplemental
problems as well, with a provided link.

Assignment |
Due Date |

Read Chapter 1 and the Appendix | Week of 4/01 |

Optional: read Galactic Scale Energy | Week of 4/01 |

Homework #1: Chapter 1 Q&P 1, 2, 8; M.C. 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 14 plus additional required problems |
by Friday, 04/12 in class |

Read Chapter 2 | 4/12 |

Homework #2: (click on link to see assignment) |
by Friday, 04/19 in class |

Homework #3: Chapter 2 Q&P 4; M.C. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11 plus additional required problems |
by Friday, 04/26 in class |

Optional: read Peak Oil Perspective | Accompanies Lecture 7B |

Read Chapter 3 | For Lecture 8 |

Optional: read Heat Pumps Work Miracles | Accompanies Lecture 8 |

Optional reading on home energy at Do the Math: Pilot Lights are Evil—70% of gas usage in pilots! Home Heating for the Hardy—gigantic energy savings possible The Phantoms I've Killed—factor-of-five reduction of electricity usage My Neighbors Use Too Much Energy—overview of energy savings TED-Stravaganza—measuring electricity use in detail |
Accompanies Lecture 10 |

Read Chapter 4 | For 4/29 lecture |

Optional: read Solar Data Treasure Trove | Accompanies Lecture 11 |

Homework #4: Chapter 3 Q&P 4, 12, 15; M.C. 7, 8, 11 plus additional required problems |
by Friday, 05/03 in class |

Midterm Exam |
Monday, May 6, 3:00 PM, York 2622 |

Optional reading on solar at Do the Math: A Solar Powered Car?: is it practical? Solar vs. Wind: How much is available? Basking in the Sun: Thermal energy from the Sun | Accompanies Lectures 12, 13 |

Read Chapter 5; 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.7 | For Lecture 14 |

Optional Extra Credit involving electricity metering (on WebCT) |
by the time of the final exam |

Homework #5: (click on link to see assignment) |
by Friday, 05/17 in class |

Optional reading on hydro and wind at Do the Math: How Much Dam Energy Can We Get? Wind Fights Solar; Triangle Wins | Accompanies Lecture 14 |

Optional reading on biofuels at Do the Math: The Biofuel Grind | Accompanies Lecture 15 |

Read Chapter 6 | For 5/20 lecture |

Optional reading on nuclear options at Do the Math: Nuclear Options Nuclear Fusion | Accompanies Lectures 16, 17 |

Homework #6: Chapter 6 Q&P 1; M.C. 1, 3, 4, 9, 10 plus additional required problems |
by Friday, 05/24 in class |

Homework #7: Chapter 6 Q&P 9, 18 plus additional required problems |
by Friday, 05/31 in class |

Read Section 10.3 | For 5/29 lecture |

Optional reading on climate change at Do the Math: Recipe for Climate Change in Two Easy Steps | Accompanies Lecture 18 |

Homework #8: (click on link to see assignment) |
by Friday, 06/07 in class |

Final Exam | Wednesday, June 12, 3:00PM, York 2622 |