Free Online Course (Audit)
8-12 hours a week
This course is a rigorous introduction to classical mechanics, which is the study of forces and motion. How does gravity control the motion of the
planets around the sun or the motion of a projectile fired from a cannon? Why does a spinning skater spin faster when
she pulls her arms in? Why is a
perpetual motion machine impossible? These are the kinds of questions which can
be answered with classical mechanics, which was first formulated by Isaac
Newton around 1666. Classical, or Newtonian Mechanics is the oldest branch of
physics, but it will never go out of style.
It remains the foundation of our understanding of the physical world and
is constantly used by engineers and scientists. There is a space probe, called
New Horizons, that is on its way to Pluto right now, and it will arrive on July
14, 2015, exactly on time and on target, because its path has been computed
using classical mechanics, and nothing
Week 1: 1D motion: speed, velocity and acceleration
Week 2: 1D motion continued.
Week 3: Motion in 2D.
Week 4: Newton’s Laws.
Week 5: Applications of Newton’s Laws. Friction.
Week 6: Work and Energy.
Week 7: Conservation of Energy.
Week 8: Gravity and orbits.
Week 9: Conservation of Momentum and Collisions.
Week 10: Rotational Motion.
Week 11: Conservation of Angular Momentum. Static Equilibrium.
Week 12: Simple Harmonic Motion.