Mechanics I Lecture Notes & Physics IIA Lecture Notes

Scope and Content

A note in the front of the volume tells us that the mechanics lectures are all on the left-hand page (verso) and the physics lectures are all on the right-hand page (recto). The beginning of the volume is dated October 1914 but there are no further attempts to date individual lectures after this. Where relevant Wilkinson includes illustrative diagrams and graphs throughout. These notes would have formed part of Wilkinson's studies for his B.Sc. in chemistry.

In brief, the physics lectures deal with heat (liquid & gas expansion, thermometers, metal expansion, changing state of materials, determining heat of specific gases, hygrometers, transmission of heat), light (shadows, intensity of illumination, photometer, reflection, kaleidoscope, refraction, lenses, projecting lantern, camera obscura, the eye, spectroscope, fluorescence, phosphorescence, diffraction, polarisation), sound (natural vibration, resonance, Doppler effect), and magnetism (induction, distribution of magnetic forces, magnetometer, the Earth's magnetic field).

In brief, the mechanics lectures deal with velocity, acceleration, the effects of gravity, force and mass, Newton's laws of motion, mass and weight, Atwood's machine, centre of gravity, equilibrium, friction, effect of impact, pendulum, hydrostatics, barometer, Boyle's law, and the air pump.