Physics 262 Lecture Notes

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Although copies of the lecture notes are provided here, it is highly advisable that you should take note in the class. Passing the information from your eye, through your brain, and to your hands will help you to retain the information much better. You should also note that there might be small changes in these notes as compare to the one presented in class..


  1. Chapter 17(Lecture #1)
  2. Here are some interesting links to the story behind the invention of the Fahrenheit temperature scale.
  3. Chapter 17(Lecture #2)
  4. Chapters 17 & 18(Lecture #3)
  5. Chapter 18(Lecture #4)
  6. Chapter 19(Lecture #5)
  7. Chapter 19(Lecture #6)
  8. Chapter 20(Lecture #7)
  9. Here is a short description on how a Sterling Engine works, link.
  10. Chapter 20(Lecture #8)
  11. Here is the second sample example which you can practice on for your exam: link.
  12. Chapter 20(Lecture #9)
  13. Thermal Section Summary Sheet
  14. Exam day(Lecture #10)
  15. Chapter 33 (Lecture #11)
  16. Chapter 33 & 34 (Lecture #12)
  17. Chapter 34 (Lecture #13)
  18. Chapter 34 (Lecture #14)
  19. Chapter 34 & 35 (Lecture #15)
  20. Chapter 35 (Lecture #16)
  21. Chapter 36 (Lecture #17)
  22. Chapter 36 (Lecture #18)
  23. Here is a link to a brief description of the Poisson's spot. If you have a small telescope at home, you can also try to recreate it following the description in this article.
  24. Chapter 37 (Lecture #19)
  25. Optics Review Notes
  26. 2nd Sample Exam #2
  27. Exam day(Lecture #20)
  28. Chapter 37 (Lecture #21)
  29. Chapter 37 (Lecture #22)
  30. Chapter 37 (Lecture #23)
  31. We didn't go over the disucssion on Space-Time diagrams in class but for those interested in learning about them, please read them over. A Space-Time diagram can be useful in visualizing effects in Special Relativity.
  32. Chapters 37 and 38 (Lecture #24)
  33. Chapter 38 (Lecture #25)
  34. Chapter 39 (Lecture #26)
  35. Here is the article to a recent quantum interference experiment with large bio-molecules. As Richard Feynman once said: "The basic element of quantum theory is the double-slit experiment. It is a phenomenon which is impossible, absolutely impossible to explain in any classical way and which has in it the heart of quantum mechanics. In reality it contains the only mystery ... the basic peculiarities of all quantum mechanics."
  36. Chapters 39 and 40 (Lecture #27)
  37. (A derivation of average E in Blackbody Radiation (in pdf format))
  38. Chapter 40 (Lecture #28 and remaining notes)
  39. Here is another sample exam on modern physics problems for you to practice on.
  40. Here is the summary sheet for all thermodynamic processes from our review.