Lecture 1 - Course Introduction and Newtonian Mechanics

author: Ramamurti Shankar, Department of Applied Physics, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Yale University
recorded by: Yale University
published: June 3, 2010,   recorded: September 2006,   views: 16132
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Professor Shankar introduces the course and answers student questions about the material and the requirements. He gives an overview of Newtonian mechanics and explains its two components: kinematics and dynamics. He then reviews basic concepts in calculus through two key equations: x = x0 + v0t + ½ at2 and v2 = v02+ 2 a (x-x0), tracing the fate of a particle in one dimension along the x-axis.

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Wolfson and Pasachoff, Physics with Modern Physics, chapters 1-3.

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