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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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Course Topics and Assignments

Week 1 : August 24 : Units, Vectors & Components, Superposition
   Objectives
Conduct dimensional analysis;
Convert units between and within systems;
Identify and solve for right triangle trigonometric quantities;
Solve problems involving scalars and vectors.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter One : 1, 3, 7, 11, 15, 21, 23, 26, 29
Chapter Three : 1, 5, 9, 15, 23, 30, 32, 33, 37, 41
Chapter Two : 1, 7, 11, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 31, 37, 43, 45, 49, 53, 59, 69
   Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
   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 31 :  Linear Kinematics
      Objectives
Understand difference between average and instantaneous quantities;
Select and solve one-dimensional equations of motion for constant acceleration;
Construct and solve equations of motion for non-constant acceleration;
Write vector equations with unit vector notation;
Produce, interpret and analyze graphical representation of data.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Two : 1, 7, 11, 15, 17, 19, 23, 25, 31, 37, 43, 45, 49, 53, 59, 69
   Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Laboratory
Lab 2: Linear Kinematics
Graph Paper: Cartesian and Logarithmic or design your own custom paper.
How to graph effectively: Draw a useful graph; Graphing on different scales

Take-Home Quiz
THQ 1 | Solution 1
   Supplementary Materials
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 7 [note: 9/7 is a holiday] :  Planar Kinematics
Objectives
Understand general motion as superposition of multiple kinematic systems.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Four : 3, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 23, 27
  Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Laboratory
None this week, due to Monday holiday.

Take-Home Quiz
THQ 2 | Solution 2
   Supplementary Materials
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 14 :   Planar Kinematics, Relative Motion, Forces
 Objectives
Solve various kinematic problems with constant and non-constant accelerations;
Calculate various quantities from different frames of reference;
Apply the concept of net force.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Four : 29, 35, 41, 47, 57, 61, 67, 69, 73, 77, 81
 Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
   Supplementary Materials
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 5 : September 21 :  Forces I : [Note: Exam One in your lab section]
   Objectives
Understand the concepts of applied force and net force;
Construct a clearly labeled 'free body diagram';
Use Newton's Laws and a 'free body diagram' to find kinematic information about an object.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Five : 1, 5, 7, 9, 13, 15, 17, 19, 27, 31, 39, 43, 51, 55, 57, 61, 67
   Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Exam
Exam One (Units, Vectors, Linear & Planar Kinematics) held in your laboratory section.
There will be no laboratory experiment this week.

Take-Home Quiz
THQ 3 | Solution 3
   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 28 :  Forces II
   Objectives
Analyze the behavior of centripetally accelerated systems;
Identify the centripetal force in a circular motion situation;
Demonstrate understanding of static and kinetic friction forces;
Solve problems involving multiple forces.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Six : 3, 5, 8, 13, 23, 27, 35, 37, 45, 49, 51, 57, 59
      Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Laboratory
Lab 4: Newton's Second Law
Graph Paper: Cartesian and Logarithmic or design your own custom paper.
How to graph effectively: Draw a useful graph; Graphing on different scales

Take-Home Quiz
THQ 4 | Solution 4
   Supplementary Materials
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 : October 5 :  Forces, Work & Energy
   Objectives
Calculate the amount of work done on or by a system;
Describe the effect of work done on or by a system;
Determine net mechanical work done and change in kinetic energy;
Apply the definitions of instantaneous and average power to a system.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Seven: 1, 3, 5, 13, 19, 25, 31, 41, 45, 49
   Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Laboratory
Lab 5: Centripetal Force
Graph Paper: Cartesian and Logarithmic or design your own custom paper.
How to graph effectively: Draw a useful graph; Graphing on different scales
   Supplementary Materials
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 12 :  Energy Conservation [Note: Exam Two in your lab section]
Objectives
Identify conservative and non -conservative forces;
Apply work-energy and energy conservation techniques to a system;
Understand the concept of 'lost energy' in context of mechanical systems;
Calculate and apply the efficiency of a system.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Eight : 3, 5, 7, 13, 19, 23, 27, 29, 35, 39, 45, 53, 61, 65
   Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Exam
Exam Two (Units, Vectors, Linear & Planar Kinematics, Forces, with emphasis on Forces) held in your laboratory section. There will be no laboratory experiment this week.

Take-Home Quiz
THQ 5 | Solution 5
   Supplementary Materials
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 19 :  Energy, Momentum & Impulse
   Objectives
Apply momentum conservation to system to predict system state;
Apply momentum conservation to determine net force;
Locate the center of mass for objects of uniform density;
Locate the center of mass for compound objects, or objects of non constant density.
    Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Nine : 3, 7, 13, 17, 29, 33, 41
  Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Laboratory Report
Lab 6: Range Prediction and Conservation of Mechanical Energy
How to use the Vernier Calipers

Take-Home Quiz
THQ6 | Solution 6
   Supplementary Materials
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.

Week 10 : October 26 :  Momentum, Collisions, Rotational Kinematics
Objectives
Apply energy and momentum concepts to analyze collisions;
Calculate moments of inertia for simple and compound objects;
Understand difference between average and instantaneous quantities;
Select and solve one-dimensional equations of rotation for constant acceleration;
Construct and solve equations of rotation for non-constant acceleration.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Nine : 47, 53, 57, 59, 61, 67, 71, 77
  Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
   Supplementary Materials
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

Week 11 : November 2 :  Rotations, Torque [Note: Exam Three in your lab section]
  Objectives
Calculate moments of inertia for simple and compound objects;
Understand difference between average and instantaneous quantities;
Select and solve one-dimensional equations of rotation for constant acceleration;
Construct and solve equations of rotation for non-constant acceleration
Transform variables from rotating to translating coordinate systems.
Apply energy methods to predict final system state.
    Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Ten : 1, 5, 7, 11, 15, 17, 21, 29, 33, 37, 39, 43, 45, 53, 57, 59, 63, 66
   Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Exam
Exam Three (Units, Vectors, Linear & Planar Kinematics, Forces, Work, Energy and Momentum with emphasis on Work, Energy and Momentum) held in your laboratory section. There will be no laboratory experiment this week.

Take-Home Quiz
THQ 7 | Solution 7
   Supplementary Materials
Written Materials
Classical Mechanics Primer: Rotations
Solved Sample Problems Rotations

Video Resource
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics

Online Demonstration
Rotations

Week 12 : November 9 :  Angular & Linear Momentum
  Objectives
Use angular momentum conservation to predict outcome of system;
Transform momentum back and forth between angular and linear representations.
    Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Eleven : 1,3, 7, 13, 15, 17, 23, 29, 31, 35, 39, 41, 45, 49, 55, 61, 65, 69
     Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Laboratory
Lab 8: Rotational Kinematics
Graph Paper: Cartesian and Logarithmic or design your own custom paper.
How to graph effectively: Draw a useful graph; Graphing on different scales

Take-Home Quiz
THQ 8 | Solution 8
   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 13 : November 16 :  Simple Harmonic Motion
   Objectives
Understand relationship between conservative forces and periodic systems;
Identify the amplitude, period and phase shift by graphical analysis and calculation;
Identify the solution to a simply harmonic system;
Relate the periodicity to the inertial and energy characteristics of the system.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Fifteen : 1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 19, 21, 27, 33, 39, 41, 51, 57, 59, 61, 63
   Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Laboratory
Lab 9: Angular Momentum

Writing
Writing Prompt Three

Take-Home Quiz
THQ 9 | Solution 9
   Supplementary Materials
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 : November 30 :  Harmonic Motion
Objectives
Understand how non conservative forces change the behavior of periodic systems;
Identify and calculate the damping constant;
Understand the characteristic time of a decaying oscillation;
Identify the effect of a driving force and how it relates to resonance.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
Chapter Fifteen
Suggested Problems #1, 5, 7, 9, 11, 19, 21, 27, 33, 39, 41, 51, 57, 59, 61, 63
   Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Laboratory
Lab 10: Oscillations
Graph Paper: Cartesian and Logarithmic or design your own custom paper.
How to graph effectively: Draw a useful graph; Graphing on different scales
   Supplementary Materials
Written Materials
Classical Mechanics Primer: Driving and Damping Oscillators

Video Resource
MIT Lectures on Classical Mechanics
The Mechanical Universe: Part 17 - Resonance

Online Demonstration
Periodic Oscillations

Week 16 : December 7 :  Miscellaneous Topics [Note: Exam Four in your lab section]
   Objectives
Become familiar with the concepts used in the treatment of fluids;
Understand thermodynamic concepts and the role of the 'working fluid';
Become familiar with the concept of a 'bound state' and its relation to conservative forces;
Become aware of methods of describing gravity by the curvature of space-time.
 Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
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   Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Exam
Exam Four (Units, Vectors, Linear & Planar Kinematics, Forces, Work, Energy, Momentum, Rotations, Torque & Oscillations with emphasis on Rotations, Torque & Oscillations) held in your laboratory section. There will be no laboratory experiment this week.
   Supplementary Materials
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 14 : [Note: Final Exam held in class Wednesday, 12/16]
   Objectives
Demonstrate a strong conceptual grasp of the core course material.
   Suggested Problems (Halliday/Resnick, 9th edition)
All Concept Questions from all chapters, review all concept questions from THQ and exams.
   Laboratory, Writing, Take-Home Quiz & Exam Information
Exam
The multiple-choice, cumulative final exam will be held in class on 12/16
   Supplementary Materials
Written Material
Parting Thoughts