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Physics 111: Mechanics (With Lab)


Course Outline

Scalars, vectors, and units: vector algebra, vectors in cylindrical coordinates

Kinematics: displacement, velocity, acceleration, projectile motion

Newtonian mechanics: Forces, free body diagrams, gravity, friction, tension, springs; finding and solving equations of motion; harmonic motion

Momentum: conservation of momentum, center-of-mass, impulse

Frames of reference: “fictitious” forces, inertial reference frames

Work and energy: potential energy, kinetic energy, conservative forces, potential energy diagrams

Return of the harmonic oscillator: driven and damped harmonic oscillators

Rotational dynamics: angular momentum, torque, moments of inertia, gyroscopes

Orbits: central force problems; elliptical vs parabolic vs hyperbolic orbits

Special relativity: breakdown of Newtonian mechanics; reference frames, Lorentz vs. Galilean transformations; time dilation, length contraction, Doppler effect; relativistic momentum and energy



Lectures M W F, 9:00 - 9:50 AM

Problem session (optional)

Laboratory exercises (self scheduled, 6 sessions)

Midterm exam 1 (20% each)

Midterm exam 2 (20% each)

Homework (25%)

Final exam (25%)

Laboratory (10%)

Text: An Introduction to Mechanics, 2nd Ed. by D. Kleppner and R. Kolenkow


All information is representative only, and is likely to change from year to year.