Modern physics is firmly rooted in classical physics. To fully grasp the new material it is important that you refresh your knowledge of the related topics that you learned in previous courses. Please read ahead the following items to prepare for the topics for each week. The numbers indicated between () refer to the sections or pages in the textbook by Halliday, Resnick and Walker (HRW), Fundamentals of Physics. If you have the Wolfson and Pasachoff text instead, see here for section numbers. If you have a different text find the equivalent sections by looking up the table of contents or keywords in the alphabetical index in the back of the textbook.

• Inertial frames, galilean invariance and relative motion (Sect. 4-8, 4-9 Halliday-Resnick-Walker)
• Speed of light (Sect. 33-3 HRW)
• Doppler shift (17-9 HRW)

• Newton's second law (HRW 5-6)
• Work-energy theorem (HRW 7-5)
• Collisions and momentum conservation (HRW 9-4, 9-5, 9-6)
• Law of universal gravitation (HRW 13-2)

• Maxwell-Boltzmann distribution (HRW 19-7), equipartition (HRW 19-9)
• Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves (HRW 33-3, 33-4)
• Definition of "Power" (HRW 7-9)
• Power in radiation (HRW 33-5)

• Coulomb law (HRW 21-4) and electric field (HRW 22-2, 22-4)
• Magnetic force (HRW 28-3)
• Electric field of a uniformly charged sphere (HRW 23-9)
• Uniform circular motion (HRW 4-7)
• Angular momentum (HRW 11-7)

• Waves and wave motion (HRW 16-2, 16-3, 16-4, 16-5
• Standing waves (HRW 16-12)
• Wave interference (HRW 16-10, 17-5, 37-2)

• Wave equation (HRW 16-8)
• Potential energy (HRW 8-2)
• Conservation of mechanical energy (HRW 8-5)
• Force and potential energy (HRW 8-6)
• Simple harmonic motion (HRW 15-2, 15-3, 15-4)
• Reflection and transmission of waves (HRW 33-8)
• Electric potential and potential energy (HRW 24-2,24-3)