Classical mechanics Lecture 1 of 16

October 3, 2011 by M. Fabbrichesi

M. Fabbrichesi , SISSA

In this lesson the professor give an introduction to the course by presenting the outline of the topics that will be of interest during the course and the text book to be used (the Goldstein Classical Mechanics book). He briefly introduces the Newton notation for the derivatives and shows how to write the Newton laws as differential equations. Then he give a useful plan to face up to the problems making emphasis in the dimensional analysis by using the pendulum problem as example and the use of limiting cases taking as an example the solution to a projectile problem.

As a complementary tool you can also see some lessons on Classical Mechanics given in the MIT University.

Lec 1 | 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 1999

Powers of Ten - Units - Dimensions - Measurements - Uncertainties - Dimensional Analysis - Scaling Arguments. Some fun experiments are made during this lesson.

Lec 2 | 8.01 Physics I: Classical Mechanics, Fall 1999

1D Kinematics - Speed - Velocity - Acceleration. Experiments using projectiles are made during this interesting lesson.


Determining the acceleration of the gravity at given place using a simple pendulum.

Physics 3.5.2a - Projectile Motion Concepts An introduction to Projectile Motion. The main concepts are explained, in particular the independent treatment of the horizontal and the vertical motion.

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