Ring Table

    • group Sequential Stern-Gerlach Experiments

      group Small Group Activity

      10 min.

      Sequential Stern-Gerlach Experiments
      Quantum Fundamentals 2022 (3 years)
    • assignment Mass of a Slab

      assignment Homework

      Mass of a Slab
      Static Fields 2022 (5 years)

      Determine the total mass of each of the slabs below.

      1. A square slab of side length \(L\) with thickness \(h\), resting on a table top at \(z=0\), whose mass density is given by \begin{equation} \rho=A\pi\sin(\pi z/h). \end{equation}
      2. A square slab of side length \(L\) with thickness \(h\), resting on a table top at \(z=0\), whose mass density is given by \begin{equation} \rho = 2A \Big( \Theta(z)-\Theta(z-h) \Big) \end{equation}
      3. An infinitesimally thin square sheet of side length \(L\), resting on a table top at \(z=0\), whose surface density is given by \(\sigma=2Ah\).
      4. An infinitesimally thin square sheet of side length \(L\), resting on a table top at \(z=0\), whose mass density is given by \(\rho=2Ah\,\delta(z)\).
      5. What are the dimensions of \(A\)?
      6. Write several sentences comparing your answers to the different cases above.

    • groups Air Hockey

      groups Whole Class Activity

      10 min.

      Air Hockey
      Central Forces 2023 (3 years)

      central forces potential energy classical mechanics

      Students observe the motion of a puck tethered to the center of the airtable. Then they plot the potential energy for the puck on their small whiteboards. A class discussion follows based on what students have written on their whiteboards.
    • assignment Building the PDM: Instructions

      assignment Homework

      Building the PDM: Instructions
      PDM Energy and Entropy 2021 (2 years) In your kits for the Portable Partial Derivative Machine should be the following:
      • A 1ft by 1ft board with 5 holes and measuring tapes (the measuring tapes will be on the top side)
      • 2 S-hooks
      • A spring with 3 strings attached
      • 2 small cloth bags
      • 4 large ball bearings
      • 8 small ball bearings
      • 2 vertical clamp pulleys
      • A ziploc bag containing
        • 5 screws
        • 5 hex nuts
        • 5 washers
        • 5 wing nuts
        • 2 horizontal pulleys
      To assemble the Portable PDM, start by placing the PDM on a table surface with the measuring tapes perpendicular to the table's edge and the board edge with 3 holes closest to you.
      1. one screw should be put through each hole so that the threads stick out through the top side of the board. Next use a hex nut to secure each screw in place. It is not critical that they be screwed on any more than you can comfortably manage by hand.
      2. After securing all 5 screws in place with a hex nut, put a washer on each screw.
      3. Slide a horizontal pulley onto screws 1 and 2 (as labeled above).
      4. On all 5 screws, add a wing nut to secure the other pieces. Again, it does not need to be tightened all the way as long as it is secure enough that nothing will fall off.
      5. Using the middle wingnut/washer/screw (Screw 4), clamp the shortest of the strings tied to the spring.
      6. Loop the remaining 2 looped-ends of string around the horizontal pulleys and along the measuring tape.
      7. Using the string as a guide, clamp the vertical pulleys into place on the edge of the board.
      8. Through the looped-end of each string, place 1 S-hook.
      9. Put the other end of each s-hook through the hole in the small cloth bag.
      Here is a poor photo of the final result, which doesn't show the two vertical pulleys. If you would like, you could view a video of the building process.
    • accessibility_new Acting Out Charge Densities

      accessibility_new Kinesthetic

      10 min.

      Acting Out Charge Densities
      Static Fields 2022 (5 years)

      density charge density mass density linear density uniform idealization

      Ring Cycle Sequence

      Integration Sequence

      Students, pretending they are point charges, move around the room acting out various prompts from the instructor regarding charge densities, including linear \(\lambda\), surface \(\sigma\), and volume \(\rho\) charge densities, both uniform and non-uniform. The instructor demonstrates what it means to measure these quantities. In a remote setting, we have students manipulate 10 coins to model the prompts in this activity and the we demonstrate the answers with coins under a doc cam.
    • assignment Derivatives from Data (NIST)

      assignment Homework

      Derivatives from Data (NIST)
      Energy and Entropy 2021 (2 years) Use the NIST web site “Thermophysical Properties of Fluid Systems” to answer the following questions. This site is an excellent resource for finding experimentally measured properties of fluids.
      1. Find the partial derivatives \[\left(\frac{\partial {S}}{\partial {T}}\right)_{p}\] \[\left(\frac{\partial {S}}{\partial {T}}\right)_{V}\] where \(p\) is the pressure, \(V\) is the volume, \(S\) is the entropy, and \(T\) is the temperature. Please find these derivatives for one gram of methanol at one atmosphere of pressure and at room temperature.
      2. Why does it take only two variables to define the state?
      3. Why are the derivatives above different?
      4. What do the words isobaric, isothermal, and isochoric mean?
    • group Matrix Representation of Angular Momentum

      group Small Group Activity

      10 min.

      Matrix Representation of Angular Momentum
      Central Forces 2023 (2 years)
    • group Quantifying Change

      group Small Group Activity

      30 min.

      Quantifying Change

      Thermo Derivatives

      In this activity, students will explore how to calculate a derivative from measured data. Students should have prior exposure to differential calculus. At the start of the activity, orient the students to the contour plot - it's busy.
    • accessibility_new Acting Out Current Density

      accessibility_new Kinesthetic

      10 min.

      Acting Out Current Density
      Static Fields 2022 (5 years)

      Steady current current density magnetic field idealization

      Ring Cycle Sequence

      Integration Sequence

      Students, pretending they are point charges, move around the room so as to make an imaginary magnetic field meter register a constant magnetic field, introducing the concept of steady current. Students act out linear \(\vec{I}\), surface \(\vec{K}\), and volume \(\vec{J}\) current densities. The instructor demonstrates what it means to measure these quantities by counting how many students pass through a gate.
    • assignment Potential energy of gas in gravitational field

      assignment Homework

      Potential energy of gas in gravitational field
      Potential energy Heat capacity Thermal and Statistical Physics 2020 Consider a column of atoms each of mass \(M\) at temperature \(T\) in a uniform gravitational field \(g\). Find the thermal average potential energy per atom. The thermal average kinetic energy is independent of height. Find the total heat capacity per atom. The total heat capacity is the sum of contributions from the kinetic energy and from the potential energy. Take the zero of the gravitational energy at the bottom \(h=0\) of the column. Integrate from \(h=0\) to \(h=\infty\). You may assume the gas is ideal.
  • Central Forces 2023 (3 years)

    Attached, you will find a table showing different representations of physical quantities associated with a quantum particle confined to a ring. Fill in all of the missing entries. Hint: You may look ahead. We filled out a number of the entries throughout the table to give you hints about what the forms of the other entries might be. pdf link for the Table or doc link for the Table

  • Media & Figures
    • figures/EigenTableRing.pdf
    • figures/EigenTableRing.doc
    • figures/EigenTableRingpartial.pdf
    • figures/EigenTableRing_2021.doc
    • figures/EigenTableRing_2021.pdf
    • figures/EigenTableRing_partial_2021.pdf
    • EigenTableRingPartial_2021.doc
    • EigenTableRing_2022.doc
    • EigenTableRing_2022.pdf