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Physics Evolution

In the beginning, there was Aristotle,
And objects at rest tended to remain at rest,
And objects in motion tended to come to rest,
And soon everything was at rest,
And God saw that it was boring.

So God created Newton,
And objects at rest tended to remain at rest,
And objects in motion tended to remain in motion,
And energy was conserved and momentum was conserved and matter was conserved,
And God saw that is was conservative.

So God created Einstein,
And everything was relative,
And fast things became short,
And straight things became curved,
And the universe was filled with inertial frames,
And God saw that it was relatively general,
But some of it was especially general.

So God created Bohr,
And there was the principle,
And the principle was quantum,
And all things were quantified,
But some things were still relative,
And God saw that it was confusing.

Then God was going to create Ferguson,
And Ferguson would have unified,
And he would have fielded a theory,
And all would have been one,
But it was the seventh day,
And God rested,
And things at rest tend to remain at rest.


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Schedule of Lectures and Assignments
Week 1 : August 18  Units & Vectors, Linear Kinematics
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should be able to produce dimensionally consistent proportionality constants, conduct dimensional analysis to verify validity of solutions, identify and convert proper SI units, identify and solve for trigonometric quantities related to the right triangle. Students should be able to differentiate between scalar and vector properties and understand when to use the appropriate type. Students should be able to complete the scalar product and cross product operations.
   Textbook Chapters and Suggested Problems :
Chapter One
Suggested Problems #1, 3, 7, 11, 15, 21, 23, 26, 29
Chapter Three
Suggested Problems #1, 5, 9, 15, 23, 30, 32, 33, 37, 41
Chapter Two
Suggested Problems #1, 7, 11, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 31, 37, 43, 45, 49, 53, 59, 69
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Laboratory Report Explanation
Lab 1: Vectors and Vector Components

Writing Prompt
Writing Prompt Explanation and Format
Writing Prompt 1: Due at the start of your week 2 [ August 25 - 29] laboratory section.
Use (and cite) any available resources to provide a written and mathematical description/definition for the terms 'Percent Difference' and 'Percent Error'.
Explain under which conditions you would use 'Percent Difference' and 'Percent Error' and also provide an example of each type of calculation. You must use a computer/word processor to prepare your response.

Take-Home Quiz & Solution
General THQ Instructions | THQ 1 | Solution 1
   Supplementary Materials:
Written Material
Classical Mechanics Primer: Introduction
Solved Sample Problems Units
Solved Sample Problems Vectors

Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 1 - Introduction
The Mechanical Universe: Part 5 - Vectors
The Powers of Ten
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
Vector Addition

Week 2 : August 25  Linear Kinematics
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should be able to correctly select and solve one-dimensional equations of motion for constantly accelerated systems. Students should be able to construct equations of motion for non-uniformly accelerated systems. Students should be able to identify the proper one-dimensional equation of motion (EOM) and to solve the EOM for the appropriate quantity. Students should understand the concept of the unit vector and how to correctly write a vector equation. Students should be able to correctly label and produce graphs and to interpret graphs to find various physical quantities. Students should be able to differentiate between average and instantaneous quantities; between speed and velocity; between distance and displacement.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Two
Suggested Problems #1, 7, 11, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 31, 37, 43, 45, 49, 53, 59, 69
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Lab 2: Linear Kinematics
Graph Paper: Cartesian and Logarithmic or design and print your own custom paper.
How to: Draw a useful graph; Graphing on different scales

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solution
General THQ Instructions | THQ 2 | Solution 2
   Supplementary Material:
Written Material
Solved Sample Problems Vectors
Classical Mechanics Primer: Definitions
Solved Sample Problems Linear Motion

Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 5 - Vectors
The Mechanical Universe: Part 2 - The Law of Falling Bodies
The Mechanical Universe: Part 3 - Derivatives
The Mechanical Universe: Part 7 - Integration
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
Moving Man

Week 3 : September 1  Planar Kinematics [Note: 9/1 is a holiday]
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should understand planar motion as the combined effect of two linear kinematic systems. Students should be able to solve various two- and three-dimensional motion problems involving both constant and non constant accelerations. Students should demonstate the ability to calaculate various quantities from different frames of reference.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Four
Suggested Problems #3, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 23, 27, 29, 35, 41, 47, 57, 61, 67, 69, 73, 77, 81
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Because of the Monday holiday, no labs are held this week.

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solution
General THQ Instructions | THQ 3 | Solution 3
   Supplementary Material:
Written Material
Classical Mechanics Primer: Definitions
Classical Mechanics Primer: Projectiles
Solved Sample Problems Motion in a Plane

Video Resource
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
Projectiles
Lunar Lander
2-D Motion

Week 4 : September 8  Planar Kinematics and Relative Motion
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should understand planar motion as the combined effect of two linear kinematic systems. Students should be able to solve various two- and three-dimensional motion problems involving both constant and non constant accelerations. Students should demonstate the ability to calaculate various quantities from different frames of reference.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Four
Suggested Problems #3, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 23, 27, 29, 35, 41, 47, 57, 61, 67, 69, 73, 77, 81
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Lab 3: Projectile Motion

Writing Prompt
Writing Prompt Explanation and Format
Writing Prompt 2: Due at the start of your week 6 [ September 22 - 26] laboratory section.
Watch the Frames of Reference video. Write a comprehensive summary of the main points and how each point was illustrated. Briefly discuss the implications of this information on the collection and analysis of data. As you respond, do not assume that I have seen the video. You must use a computer/word processor to prepare your response.

Take-Home Quiz & Solution
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   Supplementary Material:
Written Material
Classical Mechanics Primer: Definitions
Classical Mechanics Primer: Projectiles
Solved Sample Problems Motion in a Plane

Video Resource
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics
Frames of Reference

Online Demonstration
Projectiles
Lunar Lander
2-D Motion

Week 5 : September 15  Newton's "Laws" [Note: Exam One held in your lab section]
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should be able to differentiate between the ideas of applied force and net force as expressed in Newton's 'Laws'. Students should be able to correctly construct a clearly labeled Free Body Diagram. Students should be able to use Newton's Laws and the Free Body Diagram to determine information about an object or system of objects.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Five
Suggested Problems #1, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 19, 27, 31, 39, 43, 51, 55, 57, 61, 67
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Exam One (Units, Vectors, Linear & Planar Kinematics) held in your laboratory section.

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solution
General THQ Instructions | THQ 4 | Solution 4
   Supplementary Material:
Written Material
Classical Mechanics Primer: Forces
Solved Sample Problems Forces

Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 4 - Inertia
The Mechanical Universe: Part 6 - Newton's Laws
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
1-D Forces
Inclined Planes

Week 6 : September 22  Forces II
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should understand the behavior of centripetally accelerated systems, and be able to identify the centripetal force in a circular motion problem. Students should demonstrate understanding of static and kinetic friction forces by solving problems involving these forces.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Six
Suggested Problems #3, 5, 8, 13, 23, 27, 35, 37, 45, 49, 51, 57, 59
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Lab 4: Newton's Second Law
Graph Paper: Cartesian and Logarithmic or design and print your own custom paper.
How to: Draw a useful graph; Graph on different scales

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solution
General THQ Instructions | THQ 5 | Solution 5
   Supplementary Material:
Written Material
Classical Mechanics Primer: Centripetal & Friction Forces
Solved Sample Problems More Forces

Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 9 - Circular Motion
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
Friction

Week 7 : September 29   Forces, Work & Energy
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should understand the definition of work as it applies to the center of mass of a system. Students should be able to define work as positive or negative and describe the effect of such work done on or by a system. Students should be able to determine net mechanical work done on an object and the change in the center of mass kinetic energy. Instantaneous and average power should be understood.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Seven
Suggested Problems #1, 3, 5, 13, 19, 25, 31, 41, 45, 49
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Lab 5: Centripetal Force
Graph Paper: Cartesian and Logarithmic or design and print your own custom paper.
How to: Draw a useful graph; Graph on different scales

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solutions
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   Supplementary Material:
Written Materials
Classical Mechanics Primer: Work-Energy Theorem (WET)
Solved Sample Problems Work and Energy

Video Resource
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
Work-Energy and Forces

Week 8 : October 6  Work & Energy Conservation[Note: Exam Two held in your lab section]
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should be able to identify conservative and non conservative systems according to the types of forces that are present in the system. Students should be able to use this information to solve work-energy theorem (WET) problems and conservation of energy (COE) problems. The concept of 'lost' energy should be understood in the context of mechanical energy of a system, though energy is not destroyed. The efficiency of a process should be understood.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Eight
Suggested Problems #3, 5, 7, 13, 19, 23, 27, 29, 35, 39, 45, 53, 61, 65
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Exam Two (Units, Vectors, Linear & Planar Kinematics, Forces, with emphasis on Forces) held in your laboratory section.

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solutions
General THQ Instructions | THQ 6 | Solution 6
   Supplementary Material:
Written Materials
Classical Mechanics Primer: Potentials and Conservation of Energy

Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 14 - Potential Energy
The Mechanical Universe: Part 13 - Conservation of Energy
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
Energy Conservation

Week 9 : October 13  Energy & Momentum
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should understand that forces that act internal to a system conserve momentum and that while the forces acting on the two bodies are the same, the resulting accelerations are not. Students should also be able to locate the center of mass for objects of uniform density, or of compound objects involving more then one density, or of objects with a variable density.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Nine
Suggested Problems #3, 7, 13, 17, 29, 33, 41, 47, 53, 57, 59, 61, 67, 71, 77
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Lab 6: Range Prediction and Conservation of Mechanical Energy
How to use the Vernier Calipers

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solutions
General THQ Instructions | THQ 7 | Solution 7
   Supplementary Material:
Written Materials
Classical Mechanics Primer: Momentum
Solved Sample Problems Momentum

Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 15 - Conservation of Momentum
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics
Bullet Art : This is a .wmv file that will download.

Online Demonstration
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Week 10 : October 20  Linear Momentum & Collisions
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should be able to apply the laws of energy and momentum conservation to solve two body collisions, both elastic and inelastic.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Nine
Suggested Problems #3, 7, 13, 17, 29, 33, 41, 47, 53, 57, 59, 61, 67, 71, 77
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Lab 7: Conservation of Linear Momentum

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solutions
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   Supplementary Material:
Written Materials
Classical Mechanics Primer: Momentum
Solved Sample Problems Momentum

Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 15 - Conservation of Momentum
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
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Week 11 : October 27  Rotations [Note: Exam Three held in your lab section]
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should be able to produce dimensionally consistent proportionality constants, conduct dimensional analysis to verify validity of solutions, identify and convert proper SI units, identify and solve for quantities related to rotating systems. Students should be able to differentiate between average and instantaneous quantities; between angular speed and angular velocity; between rotations and angular displacement.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Ten
Suggested: All Concept Questions and Problems #1, 5, 7, 11, 15, 17, 21, 29, 33, 37, 39, 43, 45, 53, 57, 59, 63, 66
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Exam Three (Units, Vectors, Linear & Planar Kinematics, Forces, Work, Energy and Momentum with emphasis on Work, Energy and Momentum) held in your laboratory section.

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solutions
General THQ Instructions | THQ 8 | Solution 8
   Supplementary Material:
Written Materials
Classical Mechanics Primer: Rotations
Solved Sample Problems Rotations

Video Resource
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
Rotations

Week 12 : November 3  Torque
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should be able to correctly select and solve one-dimensional equations of motion for constantly and variably accelerated rotating systems. Students should be familiar with the moment of inertia and the role it plays in rotating systems. Students should be able to apply the work-energy theorem to rotating systems in order to predict the final system state.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Ten
Suggested Problems #1, 5, 7, 11, 15, 17, 21, 29, 33, 37, 39, 43, 45, 53, 57, 59, 63, 66
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Lab 8: Rotational Kinematics
Graph Paper: Cartesian and Logarithmic or design and print your own custom paper.
How to: Draw a useful graph; Graph on different scales

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solutions
General THQ Instructions | THQ 9 | Solution 9
   Supplementary Material:
Written Materials
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Video Resource
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
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Week 13 : November 10  Angular & Linear Momentum [Note: 11/11 is a holiday]
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should understand the vector nature of torque. Students should understand the vector nature of angular momentum in the solution of various systems. Students should be able to use conservation techniques to predict the outcome of two body collisions and to transform momentum back and forth between angular and linear representations.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Eleven
Suggested Problems #1,3, 7, 13, 15, 17, 23, 29, 31, 35, 39, 41, 45, 49, 55, 61, 65, 69
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Lab 9: Angular Momentum

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solutions
General THQ Instructions | THQ 10 | Solution 10
   Supplementary Material:
Written Materials
Classical Mechanics Primer: Torque and Angular Momentum
Solved Sample Problems Angular Momentum

Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 19 - Angular Momentum
The Mechanical Universe: Part 20 - Torques and Gyroscopes
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
Torque

Week 14 : November 17  Harmonic Motion
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should understand that conservative forces lead to periodic systems. Students should be able to identify the amplitude, period and phase shift of a simply harmonic oscillating system by graphical analysis and calculation.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Fifteen
Suggested Problems #1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 19, 21, 27, 33, 39, 41, 51, 57, 59, 61, 63
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Lab 10: Oscillations
Graph Paper: Cartesian and Logarithmic or design and print your own custom paper.
How to: Draw a useful graph; Graph on different scales

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solutions
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   Supplementary Material:
Written Materials
Classical Mechanics Primer: Oscillations
Solved Sample Problems Oscillations
A discussion of the phase angle.

Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 16 - Harmonic Motion
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
Masses on Springs
Pendulum
Periodic Oscillations

Week 15 : December 1  Damped & Driven Harmonic Motion
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should be able to identify the solution to a simply harmonic system and relate the periodicity to the mass-energy characteristics of the system. Students should understand that non conservative forces change the behavior of periodic systems. Students should be able to identify the damping constant and characteristic time of a decaying oscillator. The effect of a driving force will be discussed in the context of resonance effects.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Fifteen
Suggested Problems #1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 19, 21, 27, 33, 39, 41, 51, 57, 59, 61, 63
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
No labs will be held this week

Writing Prompts
Writing Prompt Explanation and Format
Writing Prompt 3: Due at the start of your final examination. Discuss the postulates of Albert Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and the consequences of these postulates. You must use a computer/word processor to prepare your response.

Take-Home Quiz & Solutions
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   Supplementary Material:
Written Materials
Classical Mechanics Primer: Driving and Damping Oscillators

Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 17 - Resonance

Online Demonstration
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Week 16 : December 8 Miscellaneous Topics [Note: Exam Four held in your lab section]
   Desired Outcomes:
Students will become familiar with the concepts used in the treatment of fluids including the Archimedes Principle and Bernoulli's Equation. Thermodynamic concepts will be introduced and the role of the 'working fluid' in engines will be discussed.
Students should come to understand the concept of bound states and how they relate to conservative forces. Students will become aware of methods of describing gravity by the curvature of space-time. The role of central potentials in bound systems will be explored.Students should demonstrate a strong conceptual grasp of the core course material for the cumulative final examination.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Chapter Thirteen, Fourteen, Eighteen, Nineteen and Twenty
Suggested: All Concept Questions
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
Exam Four (Units, Vectors, Linear & Planar Kinematics, Forces, Work, Energy, Momentum, Rotations, Torque & Harmonic Motion, with emphasis on Rotations, Torque, Angular Momentum & Harmonic Motion) held in your laboratory section.

Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solutions
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   Supplementary Material:
Written Material
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Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 8 - Gravity
The Mechanical Universe: Part 21 - Kepler's Laws
The Mechanical Universe: Part 22 - The Kepler Problem
The Mechanical Universe: Part 26 - The Harmony of the Spheres

Online Demonstration
Personal Solar System
Gravitational Forces

Week 17 : December 15 [Note: Final Exam held in class 12/15]
   Desired Outcomes:
Students should demonstrate a strong conceptual grasp of the core course material for the cumulative final examination.
   Textbook Chapters and and Suggested Problems :
Review all THQ, Exam and Textbook Conceptual Questions as a start.
   Laboratory Reports, Writing Prompts and Take-Home Quiz Downloads:
Laboratory Report
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Writing Prompts
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Take-Home Quiz & Solutions
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   Supplementary Material:
Written Material
Classical Mechanics Primer: Final Thoughts
Exam Four Conceptual Questions

Video Resource
The Mechanical Universe: Part 8 - Gravity
The Mechanical Universe: Part 21 - Kepler's Laws
The Mechanical Universe: Part 22 - The Kepler Problem
The Mechanical Universe: Part 26 - The Harmony of the Spheres

Online Demonstration
Personal Solar System
Gravitational Forces