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Lectures (Video)

Classical Mechanics

Course Summary

This course is based on 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 1999 made available by Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare under the Creative Commons BY-NC-SA license.
This course is conducted by Prof. Walter Lewin at MIT well-known for his dynamic and engaging teaching style. This is a first-semester freshman physics class in Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory. In addition to the basic concepts of Newtonian Mechanics, Fluid Mechanics, and Kinetic Gas Theory, a variety of interesting topics are covered in this course: Binary Stars, Neutron Stars, Black Holes, Resonance Phenomena, Musical Instruments, Stellar Collapse, Supernovae, Astronomical observations from very high flying balloons (lecture 35), and you will be allowed a peek into the intriguing Quantum World.

In the following video, Prof. Walter Lewin gives an overview of this course.

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Reading Material

1. Physics for Engineers and Scientists
Ohanian, Hans C., and John T. Markert. Physics for Engineers and Scientists. Vol. 1. 3rd ed. New York, NY: Norton, 2007. ISBN: 9780393930030.

Course Material

1. Assignments
The problem sets and readings in this course are drawn from the 2nd edition of the textbook "Physics for Engineers and Scientists". (MIT OCW)
2. Exam Questions and Answers

Other Resources

1. Book: An Introduction to Mechanics
Kleppner, Daniel, and Robert J. Kolenkow. An Introduction to Mechanics. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 1973.
2. Book: Essentials of Introductory Classical Mechanics
Busza, Wit, Susan Cartwright, and Alan H. Guth. Essentials of Introductory Classical Mechanics. Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing, 1997.


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