Physics 8: The Physics of Everyday Life
Class meets TTh 2:00 to 3:20 PM, Warren Lecture Hall (WLH) 2005.
A discussion session meets Wednesday: 4:00 to 4:50 PM in Center 214
A problem session meets Wednesday: 7:00 to 7:50 PM in CSB 002
See The UCSD Time Schedule for enrollment information.
Also see the Academic Calendar for information on class dates and holidays.
Professor and Teaching Assistant Contact Info
SERF Buliding (930), Room 336, 534-1844
Office hours: Thursday 11:00 AM to noon
Office hours also by appointment (e-mail, phone, personal, drop by)
Office hours: W 2:003:00 PM, Mayer Hall 2101
Course TextbookHow Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life, Third Edition, by Louis A. Bloomfield, John Wiley & Sons, New York, is required for the course.
Students are asked to purchase a transmitter to interface with the voting system in place in the lecture hall (learn more about the transmitter). This will allow for interactive classes and also measure classroom participation (optional part of grade). The transmitters are available at the bookstore for $34 new, $26 used. At the end of the term, the used book tent sometimes buys back transmitters in working order (for about half-price). You must get one of the 13-button transmitters: the older 6-button transmitters will no longer work in this particular lecture hall. See the Transmitter Registration Instructions for how to register your transmitter for this class.
Here are instructions for the "clicker".
The goals of this class are:
Toward the first goal, you will each be asked to submit a bi-weekly question/observation about the world around us. For more information on this process, see the following description and examples of how this process works.
Light and Color in the Outdoors, M. G. J. Minnaert, L. Seymour,
Springer Verlag, 1993, ISBN: 0387979352; A classic book revealing the
richness of nature's myriad visual phenomena
Color and Light in Nature, David K. Lynch, William Livingston,
Cambridge Univ Press, ISBN: 0521775043; A modern version of Minnaert's
Good physics intro website with a math refresher
Interactive Periodic Table of the Elements
Cow in Motion JAVA applet of one-dimensional motion