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Expanded Course Description
This course focuses on mechanics, a subject that is the foundation of all of physics. After a quick introduction to early natural philosophies, most of this course focuses on Newtonian mechanics and its manifestations. Newton's three laws of motion provide an early example of the changes in western thought embodied by The Enlightenment. Newton unified our understanding of 'heavenly' and 'earthly' forces while at the same time providing a framework within which natural phenomena could be understood.
The first third of the course will be spent investigating the kinematic concepts of force, mass, acceleration, velocity and displacement and the relationships among these. The next third will deal with dynamical phenomena described in terms of momentum, work, and energy. The course concludes by discussing Newtonian gravitation and satellite and planetary motion, certainly the crowning achievement of Newton's work in this area.
The course is primarily conceptual in nature, using only simple high school algebra to help illuminate the underlying physical phenomena. Simple numerical and conceptual problems will be assigned in homework sets, and use of a calculator will be helpful but not essential.