PHYS 224, Winter 2003
This page will contain links to resources, reference material, and java applets. I
am organizing and adding to it as we go along. Your suggestions for useful
links are most welcome.
is the course web page from the last quarter, Autumn
2002. The syllabus for that term was very different from ours,
but there are some useful resources there.
Reseach web resource - thermodynamics New!
Special challenging questions for your diversion:
(1) (buoyancy) Quicksand (or mud) is much denser than the human body.
So why do people sink in it?! Why do their eyes bulge before they
disappear? [Flying Circus of Physics, Q 4.130]
(2) (pressure) If you try to pour water into a coiled up hosepipe (wound
around a horizontal axis and open at both ends) it often just won't go through,
even if you're holding the end you're pouring into way up. Why?
[Flying Circus, Q 4.8]
(3) Why do bugs explode over the windshield of a fast-moving car?
[Flying Circus, Q 4.28]
of bicycles - a crash course in fluid dynamics. Why do golf balls have
Lift (simple); Wing Lift
Various: Soap antibubbles; Pacific Northwest
balloon to go around the world;
at low Reynolds number - a classic article by EM Purcell.
Sucking water through a
shedding simulation movie
Temperature, thermal equilibrium - essay on
Ideal gas equation - Ideal gas
equation - plot it
Kinetic theory of gases
and distribution functions
java Pressure Model with no collisions and equal speeds
model with collisions and distribution of velocities
of kinetic theory and related theories, including mean free path
of Maxwell velocity distribution
Charged particles in a
model and Boltzmann distribution
Kinetic theory simulation fixed volume
with distribution of velocities and gravity
Kinetic theory - molecules in a balloon;
one-atom gas pressure model
Lies, damn lies, and
statistics: histogram bin sizes
Motion java model of a single particle
diffusion of particles into a fluid
Heat and the First Law
Beer and ice cream diet - Where's
Phase diagram of
gas equation - play with
isobaric, isochoric, isothermal and adiabatic changes
Stop Nuclear Disaster
effect (How I can pour liquid
nitrogen over my hand without getting burnt)
Operation of the Stirling
historic pumps, engines, etc
on phase diagrams
Entropy on the World
of the earth's atmosphere