_Physics 111 Lecture 15 Focus_
1. In the quantum mechanical explanation of blackbody radiation why
cant very high-energy photons contribute to the radiated energy?
2. In the analogy between blackbody radiation and the warehouse
landlord, what physic
_Physics 111 Lecture 8 Focus_
1. On a graph of time vs. position display the curve showing how a fixed
time interval depends on relative speed.
2. Name two technological applications of Einsteins famous equation,
3. In what sense did Newt
_Physics 111 Lecture 9 Focus_
1. Newton was embarrassed by what aspect of his theory of gravity?
2. Explain in one concise sentence the essence of Einsteins general
theory of relativity.
3. What was Einsteins happy thought and why did it make him
_Physics 111 Lecture 7 Focus_
1. How will two people (such as Gracie and George in the text) moving
away from each view time passing on the other persons clock?
2. Explain how it is possible to understand the answer to question #1.
3. What is the
Physics 111 Lecture 5 Focus
1. In class we discussed three ways of understanding the relative nature
of simultaneity. Choose the one way you like best and explain what is
meant by relativity of simultaneity.
2. What is a light clock?
3. Why do we us
_Physics 111 Lecture 1 and 2 Focus_
1. What are the goals of string theory? (In class we discussed three
2. What are the four known fundamental forces of nature? Give an example
3. In string theory what ARE fundamental part
_Physics 111 Lecture 3 and 4 Focus_
1. According to James Clerk Maxwell, what is light?
2. What precedence is there in physics for unification of forces?
3. What two ideas (postulates) form the foundation for Einsteins
special theory of relativity?
_Physics 111 Lecture 10 Focus_
1. Starting with the equivalence principle, explain the logical
connections allowing Einstein to discovery the general theory of relativity.
2. Is the geometry you learned in high school obeyed on the tornado
_Physics 111 Lecture 11 Focus_
1. Name two early confirmations of Einsteins general theory of relativity.
2. Explain using the equivalence principle and a picture why light bends
in a gravitational field.
3. What makes a black hole black?
_Physics 111 Lecture 18 and 19 Focus_
1. Explain in words the key features of a quantum field theory (Q.F.T.).
2. How does the force in quantum electrodynamics (Q.E.D.) work?
3. Are infinities encountered in Q.E.D.? Are they controllable? Why?
_Physics 111 Lecture 21 and 22 Focus_
1. What forces are included in the standard model of particle physics?
2. Name some of the particles in the standard model of particle physics.
In the quantum field theories describing the standard model, what is
_Physics 111 Lecture 17 Focus_
1. Explain how you can understand the four big concepts in quantum
mechanics using the double slit experiment?
2. What are the two Heisenberg uncertainty relations we discussed in class?
3. Why is the Heisenberg unce
_Physics 111 Lecture 16 Focus_
1. What pattern do you observe on the detection screen when a high
intensity light source illuminates a double slit apparatus?
2. What pattern do you observe on the detection screen when one photon
at a time illuminate
_Physics 111 Lecture 13 and 14 Focus_
1. Einstein spent his life trying to unify which forces of nature?
2. Name some of the interesting phenomena found in the quantum caf
(video) or in H-bar (text).
3. Name four primary characteristics of quantum
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