John Henry Timberlake University of Virginia student notebooks
The second notebook covers the courses on mathematics taught by Professor Albert Taylor Bledsoe, with sections on differential calculus, integral calculus, and analytical problems.
The third notebook, illustrated by Mr. Timberlake, covers the course on natural philosophy taught by Professor Francis H. Smith. A physics notebook mentions the "only hypothetical" atomic theory, different types of particles, and the "question of the infinite divisibility of matter." Included are hand drawn illustrations of Newtonian physics, hydro- and aerodynamics, light, acoustics, electricity, geology, and pneumatic machines. There is a full page illustration of an early steam engine on p.120.
The fourth notebook covers natural philosophy as well as moral philosophy. Taught by Professor William Holmes McGuffy, or "Buck McGuffy," mentions the "three laws of motion," "vis viva" (an early term for kinetic energy), and an account of Roger Joseph Boscovich's atomic theory. There are notes on astronomy, including "Kirkwood's Analogy." Notes on moral philosophy address the Scottish school of Common Sense.
The fifth and final notebook covers Timberlake's chemistry classes with sections on magnetism, electricity, and galvanism. The list of elements on p.61-62 lists 63 elements.
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