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Physics I ECE classical mechanics 8.01 (WMA)

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This course features lecture notes, problem sets with solutions, exams with solutions, links to related resources, and a complete set of videotaped lectures. The 35 video lectures by Professor Lewin, were recorded on the MIT campus during the Fall of 1999. Prof. Lewin is well-known at MIT and beyond for his dynamic and engaging lecture style.

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Introduction & Syllabus

Lec 1 Powers of Ten

Lec 2 1D Kinematics - Speed - Velocity - Acceleration

Lec 3 Vectors - Dot Products - Cross Products - 3D Kinematics

Lec 4 3D Kinematics - Free Falling Reference Frames

Lec 5 Circular Motion - Centrifuges Moving - Reference Frames - Perceived Gravity

Lec 6 Newton's Laws

Lec 7 Weight - Perceived Gravity - Weightlessness Free Fall - Zero Gravity in Orbit (misnomer)

Lec 8 Friction

Lec 9 Exam Review

Lec 10 Hooke's Law - Springs - Simple Harmonic Motion - Pendulum - Small Angle Approximation

Lec 11 work,, etc.

Lec 12 Non-Conservative Forces - Resistive Forces - Air Drag - Terminal Velocity

Lec 13 Potential Energy - Energy Considerations to Derive Simple Harmonic Motion

Lec 14 Escape Velocities etc.

Lec 15 Momentum - Conservation of Momentum - Center of Mass

Lec 16 Collisions - Elastic and Inelastic - Center of Mass Frame of Reference

Lec 17 Impulse - Rockets

Lec 18 Exam Review

Lec 19 Rotating Rigid Bodies misc.

Lec 20 Rotating Rigid Bodies misc.

Lec 21 Torques - Oscillating Bodies - Hoops

Lec 22 Kepler's Laws - Elliptical Orbits - Satellites - Change of Orbits - Ham Sandwich

Lec 23 Doppler Effect - Binary Stars - Neutron Stars and Black Holes

Lec 24 Rolling Motion - Gyroscopes - VERY NON-INTUITIVE

Lec 25 Static Equilibrium - Stability - Rope Walker

Lec 26 Elasticity - Young's Modulus

Lec 27 Fluid Mechanics etc.

Lec 28 Hydrostatics misc.

Lec 29 Exam Review

Lec 30 Simple Harmonic Oscillations - Energy Considerations - Torsional Pendulum

Lec 31 Forced Oscillations - Normal Modes - Resonance - Natural Frequencies - Musical Instruments

Lec 32 Heat - Thermal Expansion

Lec 33 Kinetic Gas Theory misc.

Lec 34 The Wonderful Quantum World - Breakdown of Classical Mechanics

Lec 35 Farewell Special - High-energy Astrophysics


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